From the 1940s-60s, Burl Ives (1909-95) was a well-known interpreter of American folk songs. Tennessee Williams wrote the part of Big Daddy in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1955) for him, his film career included East of Eden (1955) and Our Man in Havana (1959), and he narrated the classic special Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964). Despite a long and varied career, he could never escape his performance at the McCarthy hearings.

Jane Ellen shares her eclectic interests via Zoom from Central Florida’s Space Coast. Specializing in music and entertainment history, she works to bring her subjects to life while making a deeper understanding of music accessible to all. Jane’s presentations benefit not only from her gifts as a storyteller, but from a lifetime of work as an independent scholar, performer, composer, and recording artist.