Long time member, Ann Howitt, passed away on February 7, 2018. Ann had been actively involved in Songmakers in a number of ways throughout the years. She found Songmakers through her guitar teacher, Alice Parkinson, a former hoot leader for the West Valley Hoot. One of Alice’s requirements for class participation was to take what you learn and play it for others (i.e. go to Hoots and play your guitar). Ann continued to do that with much enjoyment. She served as a board member, Bard Chord Editor (back in the days of white boards, cut and paste), Hoot Chairman for Phee Sherline (when there was such a thing) and Membership Chairman. Ann hosted the North Country Hoot for several years when she lived in Northridge. She was part of the Desert Wind Trio along with Kay Conroy and Bob Kroll. She enjoyed hosting House Concerts at her home. Even after her hip problem and while using a walker, she would drive herself to Ventura for jams.
Listen to Ann Howitt perform Tennessee Road, a song by Melonie Cannon: