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Exploring the Melodies of America: A Memorable Experience with Foy Vance on Rose Island, Newport, RI

Updated: Oct 19, 2023

People sitting on bow of boat
The EuroNews Team aboard Hurrah, McCurdy Sailing

An Introduction to the Day Imagine waking up to a gorgeous morning, where the sun casts a golden hue over the sparkling waves, and the air is filled with anticipation. Recently, I had the incredible opportunity to be interviewed by the talented singer-songwriter Foy Vance for the second season of's captivating travel show, "Notes from the USA." This unique program delves into the exploration of the United States through the lens of music, showcasing the vibrant cultural tapestry of different regions. On this particular occasion, we embarked on a magical journey to Rose Island, where Foy Vance mesmerized us with his soul-stirring melodies atop the lighthouse tower.

Foy Vance plays 'Guiding Light' at Rose Island
Foy Vance plays 'Guiding Light' at Rose Island

Sailing to Rose Island Rose Island, nestled off the coast of Newport, Rhode Island, served as the idyllic setting for this unforgettable experience. A place known for its rich maritime history, Newport is a haven for lighthouse lovers and music enthusiasts alike. As we embarked on 'Hurrah' and set sail towards Rose Island, anticipation filled the air. The island's natural beauty and tranquility offered the perfect backdrop for an intimate musical performance that would resonate with the essence of the location.

Once we arrived at Rose Island, our attention was immediately drawn to the beautiful lighthouse standing high above Narragansett Bay. Foy and I walked and discussed the beautiful structure and its history. Standing tall and proud, it seemed to emanate a mystical aura that harmonized with Foy Vance's musical talent. As we stepped inside, the lighthouse embraced us with its historic charm, transporting us to a bygone era. Foy Vance's soulful voice and heartfelt lyrics filled the tower, blending seamlessly with the echoes of the crashing waves and the whispers of the wind. It was an ethereal experience, where music and nature converged in perfect harmony.

David McCurdy & Foy Vance filming for Notes from the USA
David McCurdy & Foy Vance filming for Notes from the USA

Summary: My encounter with Foy Vance on Rose Island for "Notes from the USA" was a truly exceptional moment. It allowed me to witness firsthand how music has the power to transcend boundaries, unite people, and breathe life into destinations. Through "Notes from the USA" viewers are shown a passport to explore the United States through the melodies that define each location. As we eagerly await the release of the episode, we can anticipate a visual and auditory journey that will transport us to the heart and soul of America's musical tapestry.

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