Bram Morrison’s Musical Roots: Mariposa and Mills

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Bram Morrison honed his performance skills in folk clubs and folk festivals in the 1960s. One of his earliest influences was Canadian folk music legend Alan Mills, for whom Bram started as an apprentice and, over time, became an accompanist and partner. Bram performed with Mills at the Mariposa Folk Festival in 1965. He also performed solo at the Festival until 1978, when the legendary trio, Sharon, Lois and Bram, was formed.

Bram contributed an article about Mills to the Mariposa program in 1978 entitled “Alan Mills – Apprentice to Master, Friend to Friend”, which was subsequently reprinted in the Canadian Folk Music academic journal in 1996.

Bram last performed at Mariposa in 2015, not only debuting his solo album, “We’ll Pass Them On”, but also paying tribute to Mills, who was inducted into the festival’s Hall of Fame that year. Among Bram’s set list was Mill’s signature song, “I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly”.

A link to Bram’s article on Alan Mills, which can be accessed through your public library, can be found here.