This was on the bulletin board at our local library for a concert this month, a very striking painted portrait of Joshua Allen with a gemshorn.
Joshua Allen learned traditional hymns and tunes trailing a plow and mule, walking in the tobacco fields with his uncle. Born in Henderson, NC, Allen went on to serve as a Marine in Vietnam, win various bodybuilding championships and sing at a gubernatorial inauguration. He also hand makes and plays the traditional African ox horn flute, performing sacred and secular tunes he heard as a child.
I was privileged to be witness to this heartfelt concert!
Dr. Marianne Kessler