– has written more than 30 songs and guitar instrumentals since retiring and moving to New Hampshire in 2016. His songs are inspired by the mountains, wildlife and people of his new home in the Granite State, as well his memories of the life he left behind in the Pacific Northwest.
Volkert has invested 39 years in education as both a music teacher and school librarian and has performed throughout the Puget Sound region of Washington State since 1965, as well as in California, Mexico, Canada and his birthplace, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Now he and his wife live in her hometown of Peterborough, where he works part-time as the program coordinator of the Dublin Community Center. He also hosts the monthly DubHub Open Stage. He has appeared, solo and with his band, the Walking Antiques, at the Keene Farmers Market, the Keene Music Festival, Granite Roots Brewery in Troy, the Farm Cafe in Keene, and they have featured at the Depot Cabaret in Hancock and the Open Door Coffeehouse in Hillsborogh, as well as at the DubHub.
Volkert plays 6 and 12-string guitars, harmonica, Irish bouzouki, and other instruments. His songs cover topics including gratitude, gun violence, aging, love, peace and fruit flies. He has recently set poems to music by Robert Frost, Emily Dickinson and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Another new song makes a reference to Henry David Thoreau.
What folks are saying………….
“Your 15 minutes on our stage were just rich, and heartfelt and beautiful.” –Pam Stohrer, Host of The Open Door Coffeehouse, Hillsborough, New Hampshire
“A must see performer in my books.”–John Sepe, former host of the Fitzwilliam Inn Open Mic (2017)
“The audience was completely captivated by his performance….a comical sing-a-long about a fruit fly…and my favorite…a moving song about gun violence… If you get a chance to hear him…do it! “
–Carl Beverly, Singer/songwriter, recording artist