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Columbia Festivals ArtistHe travels all over America gathering songs and sowing legends. The tools of his trade include his magnificent baritone voice, a keen sense of drama, a colorful array of folk instruments, and a deep abiding love for traditional American lore.

Mr. Schustik began his quixotic career in a small "upstate" town on the New York Canadian border. He sang in school and, of course, the church choir. He says he was influenced by his parents' love of history and the good songs shared on family camping trips. Other inspirations came from a young girlfriend's gift of a Burl Ives record which she purloined from her brother's collection, and the encouragement from a retired 91 yearBill and President Reagan old voice teacher who happened to live in an old farmhouse nearby. All this, and an overwhelming desire to follow a dream has resulted in 25 years of accomplishment and adventure. As an American troubadour, Bill's performances have carried him from the heeling deck of a salt sailing square-rigger, through a record setting 'round the world tour in 46 hours, to a command performance at the White House.

Bill performing in a tavernMr. Schustik has performed for three U.S. presidents, appeared both on and off Broadway, authored two full length ballets with Edward Villella and Edward Verso, done more than a few commercial and public TV specials, and written a show about the American Civil War ("Shiloh Hill,"

Bill in the classroom
Photo: © Lisa Liberty

produced by Ford's Theater, Washington, D.C.). When he's not touring, Bill delights folks with his whimsical drawings, incredible sandcastles and, lately, sharing his talents with students across the country. But mostly he does his concerts, reaching out with a special kind of enchantment to thousands and thousands of people.

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