Miss "V", Gypsy Cowbelle

Miss "V", Gypsy Cowbelle
Topics: American Old West, History, Music, Visual Art, Women
Communities: Thermopolis, WY
Program Types: Chautauqua, Musical Performance, Speakers Bureau

The Gypsy Cowbelle
Thermopolis, WY
gypsycowbelle@gmail.com | (307) 231-9252

Homespun Instruments
This program is an interactive workshop which stimulates music making, creative expression and positive group dynamics using a wide array of simple and homemade instruments. A brief overview of historic origins and construction of selected instruments sets the stage, after which participants 'join the band' as Miss "V" leads traditional folk, cowboy and classic country tunes. The program is excellent for students, family-oriented community events, living history demonstrations and folk festivals.

Dawn in the Night (Chautauqua)
A unique and compelling portrayal of Amelia Earhart, America's beloved Aviatrix of the 1920's and '30's. The stage is set when "Amelia" stops by as part of a trip she made to Wyoming in 1934. The body of the performance, though not impromptu per se, appears as such while Amelia answers questions posed by 'plants' in the audience. Following this overview of her life thus far, 'Amelia' then answers unscripted questions relevant to this date. Additional questions and post-script follow when Miss "V" appears for the final segment of the performance, which covers the last three years of her life. Although the highlights of Ms. Earhart's flying career are duly expressed, there is an equal focus on the ideological trappings of Amelia. Details surrounding her childhood, as well as her sentiments regarding social issues, courage and independence are also depicted. The presentation thus offers a comprehensive overview of who Amelia Earhart was as an individual, and diffuses attention from the familiar themes surrounding her career and disappearance. It is Miss "V's" opinion that popular culture has caused us to become so distracted with the mystery surrounding Amelia's unknown fate, that her innovative ideologies are too often disregarded.

Theme Concert 
A theme concert weaves together song and story to create a historical presentation which entertains and provokes thought in equal measure. Each concert unveils hidden chapters of history while stimulating fresh insight into familiar themes. A balance of traditional and original music on the guitar and homemade banjo create historic validity paired with fresh perspective for tales focused on: the settling of the American West ("Trails West"); women’s history ("Mares’ Tales"); or homesteading ("The Modern Day Homesteader").

The Modern-Day Homesteader
This program is presented either as a theme concert (above) or as Miss "V's" own documentary. The concert utilizes song and story to explore elements of Western pioneer life. The documentary incorporates slides, music and narrative to depict Miss "V's" personal account after spending fourteen years on a historic claim in northwest Wyoming and working with the homesteaders themselves. It follows the seasons through a year of life on the homestead ranch.

Introduction to Leather Work
Miss "V" presents a hands-on workshop geared for smaller classes of students 14+ and/or adults interested in exploring the fundamentals of leather work. Simple projects will be incorporated as a means for learning the basic components of carving and stamping leather. It is ideal for beginners who possess some artistic flair. A small material fee and/or additional time allotment may apply.