Coal Mining Songs of the Northeast. Commonwealth Speakers Program.
This informative yet musical program highlights the struggles and disasters of coal miners in northeast Pennsylvania. Documented and researched original compositions are presented by first explaining their origin, then musically through song.
Presenter Jay Smar accompanies his vocals with guitar, claw-hammer banjo, fiddle and a form of clog dancing. Coal mining photos, books and chronicles also are shared with the audience.
Sponsoring Organization: Wyoming County Cultural Center and the Pennsylvania Humanities Council. Commonwealth Speakers is a program of the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities.