WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (WETM) – Georgia has Ray Charles. Michigan has Stevie Wonder. The Southern Tier has Ed Clute.
The man, the myth, the legend often referred to as the sightless stride wizard; Ed Clute has been playing across the Southern Tier for well over 50 years.
18 News first learned of Clute’s prowess from Hudson Manor in Watkins Glen.
He was born blind and is living proof that in music there’s no such thing as a disability.
Born into the prominent Clute family from Watkins glen, Ed started playing the piano when he was just 3 years old and began his formal training at the age of 6. He cites his mother as his inspiration.
Living sightless, for Ed things were challenging but never impossible.
Clute is a very accomplished pianist. He learned to read braille music at the Batavia School for the Blind and then went onto earn a degree from the New England Conservatory of Music.
As humble as he is kind, not only is Clute known for his music, but he’s also known for his humor. For instance, when asked his favorite question, “Have you been blind all your life?”, he comically replies, “not yet”.
Ed Clute. A man with a dream. A man with a love of music. A man with a gift. Ed Clute: The Stride Wizard.