Big Woods Voices is the union of four veteran area singers to celebrate their common passion for a cappella harmony. The Voices are, from soprano to bass: Amanda Witman, co-leader of the Brattleboro Pub Sing with Tony Barrand; Becky Graber, director of the Brattleboro Women’s Chorus and Animaterra Women’s Chorus in Keene, and leader of music at Second Congregational Church in Londonderry, Vermont; Will Danforth, an award-winning, multi-instrumental solo acoustic artist; and Alan Blood, long-time member of area groups including the Blanche Moyse Chorale, I Cantori, Blue Moon, and House Blend.
Big Woods Voices is also the fulfillment of a creative transition for Will Danforth from his life as a roots-oriented performing songster to that of composer / arranger / style-stealer which has married two loves: his love of American roots music and his love of the vast harmonic palette absorbed while singing with the cappella world music chorus, The River Singers. The results are lyrical settings of poetry by David Whyte, Mary Oliver, W. B. Yeats and others; richly- harmonized standards of the American roots lexicon; and completely original compositions. Add to that pieces by musicians such as Pete Sutherland, The Finest Kind, and Lambert, Hendricks and Ross, and you have the ear-thrilling experience called Big Woods Voices.