In this concert-and-lecture program, Dave Ruch presents and tells the stories behind the songs of real New Yorkers from days gone by - farmers, lumbermen, children, immigrants, Native Americans, canallers, hops pickers, lake sailors, and more - music from the people who settled and built our state.
The program is offered in two different formats: either as a survey of old songs and ballads - each set within its own historical and cultural context, - from all regions of upstate New York, with a special emphasis on songs from the region hosting each performance; or as songs of a particular occupation or region of New York State.
Thematic options for the latter format include the Erie Canal, the Adirondacks, the Catskill Mountain region, the Great Lakes, Western New York, rural New York State, the North Country, New York State Waterways, Lumbering in New York State, and 19th century New York State.
Grant program of the New York Council for the Humanities. The New York Council for the Humanities distributes federal funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities directly to notable projects created by museums, libraries, historical societies, and other cultural and educational organizations.