George “Rusty” Locke, an entertainment fixture in the Lakes Region for over twenty years, appears at the Corner House Inn’s Storytelling Dinner Program on Thursday, Jan. 7th. Rusty plays several stringed instruments, including banjo, guitar and auto-harp and uses them to weave a spell over his audience as he spins yarns as varied as “Anansi” folk tales from west Africa to his own life experiences.
Rusty has a rich baritone voice which he uses to coax audiences to sing with him and he has a wry sense of humor that keeps them smiling. He has appeared in venues as diverse as his talents, from schoolrooms to stadiums. He is a gifted storyteller, a musician, an actor and writer, with many of his stories appearing in such national magazines as “Good Old Days” and “Grit” and with a book available on Amazon containing his own tales of Sherlock Holmes entitled “A Holmes Duet”. He is a busy blogger on several web sites including his own, earwormjunction.com, a place dedicated to popular music from the 40’s through the 1970’s. Rusty will capture your heart with his own songs as well as his version of many popular songs from folk to jazz and everything in between.
He was born and raised in New Hampshire (with a short stop in Vermont), graduated high-school in 1960 and joined the Army where began playing guitar while serving in Korea as a photographer and correspondent with “The Cavalier” and “Stars and Stripes” (Pacific Edition). He was assigned later to a position as broadcast specialist at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico where he wrote, produced and announced for “White Sands Report” a program heard throughout the southwest.
After his tour of duty was over, Rusty returned to New England where he went to school briefly in Boston, and began a decade long career as a radio personality, disc-jockey, copy writer, reporter and color commentator for several local radio stations. He hosted an interview program on radio where he spoke with such entertainers as William Shatner, Tom Rush, Richard Nixon, Eugene McCarthy George Gobel and Gerry Mulligan.
Rusty has appeared in several local theater productions including as a member of the cast of “Play Ball”, a show dedicated to our national pastime, written and directed by his brother Gary and performed in Portsmouth’s famous “Players Ring” where his daughter Elizabeth has also appeared many times. Talent runs in this family for his son Joshua and grandson Hayden appeared recently in the Players Ring rendition of “A Christmas Carol”.
Speaking of children, Rusty has nine and his grandchildren number five. He is retired and lives with his wife Rose in Meredith NH.
Join Rusty Locke this Thursday, Jan.7th when his stories and songs will capture your ear for an evening. Storytelling Dinners are held each Thursday evening at the Corner House Inn in Center Sandwich, NH from late October through May. Dinner begins at 6:30 pm and the cost is $21.95 per person, plus tax and gratuity. For reservations or more information contact the Corner House at 603-284-6219 or online at firstname.lastname@example.org.