Program Details

Music Americana: The Songs of Eric Clapton and Van Morrison

Rod MacDonald & the Humdingers
Video Catch-up

Course Description

Eric Clapton and Van Morrison emerged from the 1960s British Invasion to become two of the most significant artists of modern times. Ranked the #2 guitarist of all time by Rolling Stone, Clapton’s hit songs with The Yardbirds and Cream were soon joined by “Layla,” “Tears In Heaven” and “Wonderful Tonight” as a solo. While Van Morrison brought his blues-jazz groove to the classics “Gloria,” “Moondance,” and “Brown-Eyed Girl” as one of the most unique vocalists of our time. Join Rod MacDonald & the Humdingers for a fun and low-decibel tour through the lives and timeless music of these unique artists, as told in their songs.

About the Instructor

  • Rod MacDonald, guitarist inspired by many musicians, became one of Greenwich Village’s top singer-songwriters during the 1980s and today performs throughout North America and Europe. In South Florida, he has been named “Best Local Acoustic Artist” by New Times and one of the "Ten Magnificent Musicians of Palm Beach County" by The Palm Beach Post, who named his 2014 CD, Later That Night, "Best Local CD of 2014.” He has been a Music Americana instructor at FAU since 2006. Bill Meredith, drummer, is the backbone of several Palm Beach County rock and roll bands, including Big Brass Bed and Illumination. He has toured throughout the U.S. and Canada and appears on more than a dozen CDs. Brad Keller, keyboardist, has performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival and with Maynard Ferguson and the Ink Spots, is the jazz piano instructor at Palm Beach State College, and has taught music in Palm Beach County public schools for twenty years. He is also the co-author of the Jazz Cats books used internationally to introduce young students to jazz. Doug Lindsey, bass and vocalist, has been playing in South Florida bands for 30 years. Mario LaCasse, guitar, has played rock, roots and jazz in such stellar Palm Beach County bands as Misbehavin, Flight, the Mario LaCasse band, Lowdown 13, the NattyBos, Groove Merchant, Copland Davis and Big Brass Bed.