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(a.k.a. Fordham, Bhoomi Sparsha, Sal Paradise, Floyd Graves)
In the tradition of such Blues Reverends as
Reverend Gary Davis, Rev. Robert
Wilkins or Rev. Billy C. Wirtz - such is the irreverent Reverend Freakchild.
Like John Hammond Jr. he is a student of the Blues. He has played in many
bands including an early incarnation of Soul Coughing with M. Doughty
leaving to form the roots rock jam band Bananafish in Boston and then on to
some work with The Neptune Ensemble, The Soul Miners (w/ guitar virtuoso
Matt Rae), The Lucky Devils and The Cosmic All-Stars touring
internationally. The Rev. spent 3 years off-off-off Broadway singing blues
and spirituals on Sundays at Tobacco Road, the now defunct NYC hippie
hangout replete with drug addicts, hookers and music freaks. The Rev. has
also served as a member and featured soloist of the Metro Mass Gospel Choir
performing at such venues as Carnegie Hall, Avery Fischer Hall and the Town
Hall Theater. The Rev's music has been featured in many TV programs and
commercials, and also national radio advertising campaigns. He grew up in
Hawaii, holds a degree in philosophy and religion from Northeastern
University in Boston and now currently resides in Greenwich Village, New
York. He continues to perform and preach saying, "Music is my religion.
Through song I seek transcendence!"
Reverend Freakchild - Vocals, Harmonica, resonator guitar