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Bill Schustik

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The American Troubadour


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Bill Schustik

The American Troubadour

Bill Schustik travels the highways and byways of the United States entertaining audiences, accompanying himself on guitar and banjo, harmonica, concertina, and dulcimer.  With his rich baritone voice and unique storytelling ability, he unabashedly carries his audiences on an enchanted musical journey of America’s history and folklore, spinning facts and trivia as vast and varied as our heritage.

Raised in Lewiston, New York, Schustik launched his unusual career at Nantucket’s Straight Wharf Theatre in September of 1967.  He became one of the original members of the Pete Seeger Hudson River Sloop singers, appearing in folk festivals around the country.  In 1976, he was chosen as official chanteyman for “Operation Sail 1976,” performing hundreds of concerts nationwide and also recording the official album for the Tall Ship Festivities, “Stormalong.”   His other credits include: a special performance at the White House, before President Nixon and Indira Ghandhi; the Broadway production of “Billy;” the Off-Broadway production of “Love and Maple Syrup;” a performance with Andrew Kostelanetz at Lincoln Center; the PBS-TV four-part musical documentary “Paths to Rebellion,” for which he was narrator; a starring role in Candad’s King 5 Television docudrama “Song for Louisa;” and a performance of some of his Civil War repertoire for the NBC-televised Ford Theatre Tenth Anniversary Gala, which was attended by President Carter.

Mr. Schustik, who co-authored the book and score of the classical ballet “Off to Sea once More” (choreographed by Edward Villella for the New Jersey Ballet), also produced, authored, and starred in a six person cabaret show on the Civil War, “Many Thousand Gone.” This project grew into a much larger theatrical Production, “On Shiloh Hill,” produced by Ford’s Theatre.

When not performing, this renaissance man relaxes by building ship models or by rendering beautiful and whimsical pen and ink drawings.  Despite his busy schedule, he manages to steal away each summer to fulfill his role as “America’s only living Chanteyman” aboard the only existing topsail schooner of its kind in the United States, the 158 foot Shenandoah, which sails out of Vineyard Haven.

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