Lorraine Lee Hammond (Brookline, MA) organized her first folk festival in 1962. A lifetime New Englander, Lorraine was raised in the rural musical traditions of the Connecticut Berkshires. She is a tradition bearer, performer, and scholar. With a recent master’s degree for studies in folklore, ethnomusicology, and the politics of culture from Goddard College, she is now an adjunct professor in the Humanities Department at Lasell College in Newton, Massachusetts, where she teaches American Folk Music and World Music. Lorraine is the founder and president of Great Acoustics, Inc., a non-profit corporation mandated to support the teaching and performance of traditional American music, and a founder and artistic director of Summer Acoustic Music Week, sponsored by WUMB-FM at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.
The history of CDSS has great personal meaning for Lorraine, who first taught at Pinewoods Folk Music Week in the summer of 1974. Each afternoon she learned English Country dancing under the brisk tutelage of May Gadd who, with her white gloves and snare drum, was a vital link in the strong CDSS chain. Lorraine will focus on developing programs that continue to emphasize the Anglo American song and balladry link in that chain, with attention to engaging the interest of college students and classroom teachers across the United States.
Lorraine and her husband Bennett Hammond perform extensively, and record on their Brookline label, “Snowy Egret Music.” See www.greatacoustics.org for more details.