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Program Information

Program name: Songs of the Railroad
Program category: History
Music
Program length: 45-75 minutes
Audience level: All ages
Audience size: Any size
Program description: Songs from the 19th and 20th centuries, describing the construction, operation, and history of America's railroads. Main repertoire source: N. Cohen, The Long Steel Rail, U.of Chicago Press, 1982. Examples: Drill Ye Tarriers, John Henry, Wabash Cannonball, Casey Jones, Wreck of the Old 97, Paddy Works on the Railway, Life's Railway to Heaven, etc. Accompaniment on acoustic stringed instruments (guitar, banjo, Autoharp, etc.). History and background is given for all songs. Presented annually for the Brighton schools for 13 years; and recently performed at the Strong Museum (Rochester), Heritage Square Museum (Ontario), Cattaraugus County Museum, New England Folk Festival (Mansfield MA). Performed at Cottrell Mem. Library in Atlanta NY, 2011. Many opportunities for audience participation (chorus singing).
Space/special requirements: Program can be given in any size space, or outdoors. I can provide sound amplification for all size spaces.
Travel restrictions: I can perform this program anywhere within driving distance of Rochester NY.
Program fee: $201- $350
Is this fee negotiable? Yes
Mileage included? Yes
Notes about the fee: Fee is negotiable based on travel distance, program length, and need for sound system. Reduced fees can be negotiated for multiple bookings.
Other notes:
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
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Performer information last updated: 06/08/2016

 

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