ZHU Qing-Song was born in Taipei in 1929. Initially a student in the Gong Yue Hsuan beiguan ensemble in Taipei, Zhu eventually became the main solo singer in the renowned Xiaoxiyuan Zhang Zhong (puppet) Theater Troupe. In later years, he was called “Uncle Song.” Zhu had a sonorous, penetrating voice, and was able to utilize innumerable ornamentation techniques. He dedicated his life to passing on the traditions of beiguan. Sometimes Zhu would participate in performances and help backstage for performances. He traveled with Xiaoxiyuan Toupe to perform at ten universities in the US, making the troupe the most famous budaixi (puppet theater) troupe in northern Taiwan.