Joyce Family Musicians
Making music and fishing are probably the longest Swan’s Island traditions. Robert and Roberta Joyce and their children made music in their home. Everyone played some kind of instrument. They were their own band. Like many islanders, they provided their own entertainment. Two Joyce sisters, Sharon and LaVerne, tell this story together, remembering their musical family.
LaVerne (Joyce) Craig and Sharon (Joyce) Butterfield were interviewed by Meghan Vigeant on July 24, 2010 for the Swan’s Island Memory Project, a community history project started after a fire destroyed the Swan’s Island Historical Society collection in 2008. The audio piece was played first at a presentation of “Swan’s Islanders at Play” in July 2010, and has aired on WERU. The multimedia video was produced for a presentation at Island Institute in August 2014 on the Musical History of Swan’s Island.
2014, multimedia documentary & 2010, audio documentary, total running time: 2:27, audio & video producer, editor, oral historian