Val Fowler began playing guitar 51 years, ago, the summer before his second year of college. He considers himself fortunate that all of his guitar-playing friends were finger--style players, and that people like Paul Simon, James Taylor, John Sebastian, Jorma Kaukonen, and Steven Stills were becoming popular. What a musical feast!
In 1998, Val began providing benefit concerts for agencies and churches who are attempting to do good for vulnerable people. In that 21 years, he has raised $49,000 dollars of generosity for such work. This concert is dedicated to Cobblestone Arts Center and the Staff. Val's stepson Brendan participates in Cobblestone. For 9 years, Val provided social music and concerts for The School of the Holy Childhood.
In 2015 Val retired after 40 years as a Presbyterian minister, having served 5 churches. He is beginning his third year as President of the Golden Link Folk Singing Society, and is serving for the second year as Artistic Director of the annual Turtle Hill Folk Festival, held every year on the weekend after Labor Day, at the Rotary Sunshine Camp in Rush, N.Y.