The Travelers Come Home

Daphne LarkinCampus Life, News, Z2

The Travelers in 1963 (l-r): Ed Shults ’65, Dick Wind ’63, Leigh Lovering ’65, Drea Zigarmi ’63. (Courtesy of Leigh Lovering.)

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

Sept. 14, 2016

WNUB airs folk songs recorded more than 50 years ago

The Travelers were a 1960s-era folk-singing group of Norwich students, drawing strong influence from the Kingston Trio, Brothers Four, and the Limeliters. In 1963, during a gig at Sugarbush, they were discovered by a record producer who invited them to New York City for a recording session. But the record deal fell through, and the recordings were tucked away for more than 50 years. Until now. In August, founding Traveler Leigh Lovering ’65 and Roy Conant ’67, a later member of the group, joined host Dex Rowe in the WNUB studios to reminisce about the heyday of the Travelers and talk about their music. The hour-long program features six Travelers songs, including an original, “Gone From Here,” and includes a surprise call-in by fellow Traveler Drea Zigarmi ’63 from California. Fifty years in the making, the Travelers music will air on the radio for the first time this Homecoming weekend.

AIR TIMES

Thursday, September 15: Noon-1 p.m.

Friday, September 16: 7-8 a.m.

Saturday, September 17: 10-11 p.m.

Sunday, September 18: Noon-1 p.m.

Tune in on the dial at WNUB, 88.3 FM. Out of range? Stream the program online at libarts.norwich.edu/WNUBstream.

Roy Conant ’67 (far left) and original Traveler Leigh Lovering ’65 (far right) joined WNUB host Dex Rowe for a special retrospective on the folk music they played while students at Norwich. (Photo by Mark Collier.)

Roy Conant ’67 (far left) and original Traveler Leigh Lovering ’65 (far right) joined WNUB host Dex Rowe for a special retrospective on the folk music they played while students at Norwich. (Photo by Mark Collier.)