As a young man, Hamilton met and played with Woody Guthrie at Will Geer's artist colony in Topanga, California in the mid 1950s. In 1956 Frank Hamilton met Win Stracke and Dawn Greening (who started the Old Town School of Folk Music in her kitchen in Oak Park) at the Gate of Horn. Using teaching methods he observed with Bess Lomax in Topanga Canyon, together, Win, Dawn and Frank founded the Old Town School Of Folk Music in Chicago. There they developed a teaching method with an emphasis on group learning. On the opening night, Frank taught the class a song demonstrated by Big Bill Broonzy. Frank served as dean of the school and taught there until joining The Weavers, with whom he played from 1962-1963.
William (Bill) Rappaport clarinetist, is taking the evening off from the Atlanta Symphony to partner with Hamilton in jazz. Besides extensive Symphony and Chamber music background, Mr. Rappaport has recorded with Ron Hockett, Tom Pletcher, and Bob Haggart on the Jazzology label. The pair will be playing both Trade and Swing Jazz from the 20s, 30s and 40s. http://www.atlantasymphony.org/
Born and raised in New York City, George Hergen was part of the Greenwich Village 'folk scene' that was taking place in the mid-1960's. The major influences on his music were The Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem, The Kingston Trio, Ian & Sylvia and the many other great folk performers of the 60's.
He has played at festivals, coffee-houses, taverns, campsites, schools, and private home and parties all along the eastern seaboard.
George Hergen are a unique performer whose music practically maps the Irish cultural integration into the ‘new country’.-