Biography

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World Traveling, Street Minstrel & Poet. At age 16 Felix started performing in a Chicago based sandwich company called PotBellys in Ann Arbor, MI. After graduating high school at 17 he took his mothers banjo from the wall and moved to Burlington Vermont, collecting old records and learning a few songs on the 5 string banjo. Singing at the Radio Bean in Burlington and became a busker on Church St. for the love of spreading old time music. In 2005 at 19 after travelling down from Alaska he landed in Bellingham, Washington still busking in the streets, collecting 78 records and began working at a preschool starting a program he called: Interactive American Folk Songs for Children. That summer he went to Europe with a friend Mr. Jones where busking as a duet, singing gospel and country music they moved from Paris to Barcelona and on to Florence. Felix headed north to Ireland busking from Grafton St in Dublin to Shop St in Galway. After Europe he found his way back to Bellingham living on the Lummi Indian Reservation for a month, recording his first kids’ album called the Leather Winged Bat.He drove across the Great Northern back to Vermont and began to sing with the banjo in schools, hospitals, librarys, YMCAs and detention centers all over the state. He left for a trip to the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina , where a fiddle player named Deep Sea and Felix walked with their instruments for one month on the Appalachian Trail hiking from North Carolina to Virginia. Once in Virginia they began hitchhiking down the old hillbilly highway route 421 for the purpose of studying the Ole Ballads making it to Berea College Kentucky, Niles Center in Lexington ending at the famous Carter Family Fold. 2007 back in Burlington for the summer living in an art studio space The Bakery , he recorded his first solo album “Take a Walk Opie”.In the fall he went back to Bellingham to form a country rock band called the Muddy Boots band playing weekly gigs around western Washington. The spring of 2008 brought the debut of two new albums ‘American Folk Songs for Familys’ and The Muddy Boots Album titled ‘How Has It Come To Be?’ During the summer of 2008 he returned to Europe playing shows at venues around Ireland & Spain. 2010 Felix moved to the Pacific Isle of Kaua’i, HI playing shows around the island forming a country band called The Rusty Wheelbarrows. In early 2013 he returned to Ireland to tour the country promoting his new album Black & White. The summer of 2013 Felix met Nicholas Timothy and with Paul Canavan formed the band Little Hoot in 2014. They toured promoting an EP & live album recorded in Mullarkeys Bar, Clifden. 2016 brought him to Japan, where he currently resides in Tokyo playing with a new band – The Flowerpot Men as well as working on other musical projects

Traveling on…. Felix SonnyBoy Wilson:::: Instruments Played: Guitar, 5 string Banjo, Piano, Violin, Dulcimer, harmonica and kazoo. Dedicated to the street performers of the past – Bessie Smith, Leadbelly, Blind Lemon, Blind Willie Johnson dedicated to the street performers of today- musicians, magicians, puppeteers, dancers, statues & clowns.

 

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