Bill Ferns

Although his musical activities span five decades, Bill is relatively new to barbershop, singing bass with the Voices of Gotham. Before that, he performed and recorded extensively on bass, harmonica, and vocals in both a free‑lance capacity and as a regular member in organized ensembles. He performs mostly indigenous American musics such as blues, both urban and western swing, jazz, and traditional fiddle music. He has performed or recorded with blues greats Lightnin' Hopkins and Big Mama Thornton, folk artists Richie Havens and Dave Van Ronk, and rappers Melle Mel and Afrika Bambataa. He has performed on bills with Suzanne Vega, Rick Danko (of The Band), NRBQ, Bill Monroe & The Bluegrass Boys, and blues greats Albert King, James Cotton, Johnnie Copeland, and Otis Rush. As singer/arranger/harmonica player Bill is currently leading Kid Java’s Rent Party, a NYC‑based rhythm & blues band.

Bill has a side gig as a tenured professor at Baruch College of the City University of New York.

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