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Program Information

Program name: Songs of the Erie Canal
Program category: History
Music
Program length: 45-75 minutes
Audience level: All ages
Audience size: Any size
Program description: Canal songs, performed in 19th-century costume and using period instruments (guitar, banjo, concertina, etc.). Songs about the construction of the canal (1816-1826), about canallers' lives and work, and about the folklore of the canal. Examples: The Meeting of the Waters of Hudson and Erie, Oh That Low Bridge, Paddy On the Canal, Buffalo to Troy, Ee-ri-ee Was Risin', Trip On the Erie, Low Bridge, etc. Also includes information regarding canal and Western New York history. May include Mark Twain poem The Aged Pilot Man. Performed frequently in the Rochester area, and at folk festivals in New York & New England. Performed at libraries in Lockport, Lyons, Albion, Big Springs Museum (Caledonia), historical societies in Greece, West Sparta, etc. Also NY State Button Society convention (Owego), April 2011.
Space/special requirements: Can be performed in any size room, also outdoors; I can supply sound amplification for spaces of all sizes.
Travel restrictions: Will perform anywhere within driving distance of Rochester NY.
Program fee: $201- $350
Is this fee negotiable? Yes
Mileage included? Yes
Notes about the fee: Fee varies based on length of program, travel distance, or need for sound system. Reduced fees can be negotiated for multiple bookings.
Other notes: This program is based on thirty-plus years of performance experience at Genesee Country Village in Mumford NY.
Regions this program
can be performed in:
Western
Rochester
Central
South Central
Capital District
North Country
Metro
Southeastern
Long Island
Program last updated: 06/08/2016
   
Performer Information (see all of this performer's programs)
Performer name: Allen Hopkins
Phone: 585-482-6062
Mailing address: 111 Newcastle Road
Rochester, NY 14610-1447
E-mail address: allen@allenhopkins.org
Website: http://www.allenhopkins.org
   
Previous appearances at: Cattaraugus County Museum, Railroad Songs, June 2015, Lockport Library, Civil War Songs, July 2015, Traditional Music & Dance Week, Pinewoods Camp, Plymouth MA, staff, August 2015, Hoag Library, Albion, Civil War Songs, November 2015, Wheatland Historical Society, Railroad Songs, February 2016
Contact information for New York State Public Libraries
Performer information last updated: 06/08/2016

 

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