Hugh Cameron - Kansas Hermit, 1826-1909
The original "Lawrence Old Guard"
and Lawrence's most unique Founding Father
Hugh Cameron, one of the leaders of the emigrant party that founded Lawrence in 1854, was a fiery abolitionist (he once was saved from a pro-slavery lynch mob on the streets of Washington DC by Senator Henry Clay), a self-educated teacher (mathematics at a private school in Washington DC), personal friends with numerous famous people (including Daniel Webster and Stephen Douglas), a Civil War Captain/Brigadier General, a long-distance walker (from Lawrence to Washington DC on numerous occasions to participate in presidential inauguration festivities), the publisher/editor/writer of a national magazine, a tree house dweller (he also lived for many years in a piano shipping crate on his land north of Lawrence before moving to the edge of town where he built an earth home complete with one of Lawrence's first telephones), a campfire storyteller, and the cantankerous critic of Lawrence's elite.CLICK HERE for more information about him.
What exactly IS a
Lawrence Old Guard?
In my opinion,
YOU are a
Lawrence Old Guard
1) You have for a LONG time now (you decide how long) called Lawrence, Kansas your home.
2) You strive to encourage and model the high ideals upon which this town was founded, such as justice for all, freedom to think independently, and courage to oppose abuses of power.If this sounds like you, shine on brothers & sisters!
Current Ongoing Productions
Lawrence Bhakti Fest
Annual - The second annual Lawrence Bhakti Fest will be November 2nd, 2013. 7 Kirtan Bands - 4 Yoga Workshops - Veggie Feast - held at Westside Yoga, Lawrence.
Chanting by Lamplight
Monthly - As a follow-up to Lawrence Bhakti Fest, this chanting gathering takes place the first Sunday of each month and features Lawrence area kirtan bands. It is currently held at Delaware Street Commons, courtesy of hosts Jen Distlehorst and Dan Ward.
Weekly - Now in its 8th year, this is a weekly concert series currently at the Lawrence Arts Center that features local acoustic musicians. I perform a one song opening act, then introduce the featured band or artist who performs a one-hour concert.
Current Occasional ProductionsWhole Earth KirtanPrevious Productions
World music combined with spiritual chants from an EXTREMELY wide variety of traditions - Hindu, Sufi, Pagan, Native American, Classic Rock & Roll and originals.
My duo with Cordelia Brown. Contemporary and traditional folk with particular emphasis on the songs of Robert Burns, plus light classical music for weddings.
The Pied Piper of Lawrence
Original music, plus storytelling of The Pied Piper of Hamelin with my original prequel and sequel. I still do occasional concerts, but from 2006 until its demise I was sponsored by the Kansas Arts Commission to conduct an afternoon Children's Theater Workshop followed by an evening all-ages concert where the workshop kids joined me on stage. For those with a larger budget, I brought in my 6-person theater troupe, "Carter Performers," to perform the play.
Lawrence Scottish Fest
2011 was my 10th and final year producing this celebration of traditional and contemporary Scottish music and culture at the Lawrence Arts Center. During that time I was also the Emcee, performed with my band Forest Green, and was Executive Producer of the concert documentary Scots on the Kaw.
Scots on the Kaw
I am the Executive Producer of this concert documentary of how we celebrated the 250th birthday of Scottish poet Robert Burns. The DVD features an outstanding performance by Celtic singer Connie Dover, plus Celtic rock with Uncle Dirtytoes, original and traditional folk with Forest Green, and contemporary folk with Maria & Megan, a brief history of the Scots by Rev, the story of the connection between Robert Burns and the founding of Lawrence, and more. It is available for $15 at Brits in downtown Lawrence or by contacting me, Larry "at" LCarter.com.