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In the Good Old Colony Days: Songs of Early America

April 8, 2015

A lecture by Linda Russell.  Music played a major role in the lives of 18th century Americans. It served as communication in both military and civilian life: Broadsides were "singing newspapers" - topical songs about the latest shipwreck, political ideas and battles won, while in battle, the fife and drum were essential in relaying commands. Music was a companion to labor: Women sang ballads as they worked a spinning wheel or dipped candles. Men hoisted sails to the rhythm of sea chanteys. Hymns were a spiritual comfort and dance tunes enlivened community celebrations. Babies drifted off to sleep with the crooning of lullabies and taverns rang with all manner of men belting out drinking songs.

This program explores the many ways music was part of life in the Colonial and Revolutionary War era. Linda Russell brings our Early American past to life accompanied by the hammered and mountain dulcimers, guitar and pennywhistle

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Time: 1:30 pm

Contact: Jennifer Patton Phone: (914) 963-4550
Hudson River Museum
511 Warburton Ave One Larkin Plaza
Yonkers, NY 10701-1801
United States
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