Connecticut Troubadour patch (unofficial) designed by Tom Callinan, Connecticut's first official State Troubadour, appointed in 1991. It depicts the outline of the state of Connecticut in royal blue, with the text in Old English font (to hearken back to the troubadours of old). An acoustic guitar and banjo are on the left and right, respectively, each canted upward toward the center of the golden background to reflect two of the main instruments of modern-day singer/songwriters and folk musicians. Image by Tom Callinan (all rights reserved; used by permission).
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Official State Troubadour of Connecticut
Connecticut established the official State Troubadour position in 1991, designating Tom Callinan as the first to be so honored. The State Troubadour is an ambassador of music and song, encouraging cultural literacy and promoting the state of Connecticut. All State Awards - Arts & Drama Symbols
2016-2018 Kate Callahan
CT.gov; "Kate was selected as Connecticut’s 2016-2018 State Troubadour because of her captivating voice, strong musicianship, compelling personal story and love of and commitment to Connecticut."
The Boston Globe said: "Kate Callahan has garnered an appreciative audience with her easygoing vibe and inspirational, at times mystical lyrics."
2013-2015 Kristen Graves
The Connecticut Office of the Arts announced Kristen Graves of Fairfield as Connecticut's State Troubadour for a two-year term, from January 2013 to December 2014.
2011-2012 Chuck Costa
The Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism announced that Chuck Costa of Madison as Connecticut’s State Troubadour for a two-year term, from January 2011 to December 2012.
2009-2010 Lara Herscovitch
The Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism appointed singer-songwriter Lara Herscovitch of Durham, CT as State Troubadour for 2009-2010. Lara's music is an original blend of acoustic/folk, flavored with pop, Latin, jazz, and blues. Lara Herscovitch was recommended by a panel of music professionals which included the 2007-2008 state troubadour, Pierce Campbell.
2007-2008 Pierce Campbell
2005-2006 Thomasina Levy
2003-2004 Dennis Waring
2001-2002 Kevin Briody
1999-2000 Hugh Blumenfield
1998 Jeff and Synia McQuillan
1997 Sally Rogers
1996 Mike Kachuba
1995 Bill Pere
1994 Phil Rosenthal
1991-1992 Tom Callinan
Tom Callinan is a full-time singer/storyteller/multi-instrumentalist/folk-musician/sea-chanteyman/and Arts-In-Ed. Specialist - presenting over 200 performances annually to audiences of all agesCONTRIBUTORS: Content for this article was submitted by Tom Callinan, 1st Connecticut Troubadour.