Performers and Programs

Program Information

Program name: Dance and Music of the Erie Canal - Meeting of the Waters
Program category: History
Multicultural- Other
Program length: 60 - 90 minutes
Audience level: All ages
Audience size: 20 - 150 people
Program description: During the bi-centennial celebration the the building of the Erie Canal, we are presenting programs of the dances and music that were commonly done by the workers and residents of the towns along the route. Different classes and nationalities of people worked together to better their lives. When they had a bit of spare time, they would sing, play music and dance. In addition to all the immigrants from Ireland, most of the other workers came from Scotland, Wales, France and Africa. We will lead some simple dances from the canal building era of these cultures using the traditional instruments that were played back then. The program includes a sit-down period to talk about the dancing, music, instruments, and cultures. We play tunes, sing songs, and teach about the origins of traditional folk instruments including the fiddle, gourd and modern banjo, mandolin, penny whistle, recorder, and more. The audience will connect with centuries-old traditions and participate in the traditional dances as generations of Americans have done – by dancing! Squares, contras and circle dances were brought to American from Europe and Africa. More information and video at this link: and
Space/special requirements: Sound System if available, three armless chairs for the artists, one 6’ table; approximately 20 chairs for participants, but no more because we want as many people to dance as possible. Clear indoor or outdoor space with relatively even ground/floor and room for participants to move freely. Outdoor programs must have an indoor space in case of bad weather.
Travel restrictions:
Program fee: $351- $500
Is this fee negotiable? Yes
Mileage included? Yes
Notes about the fee: Generally, our range is $300 to $675. Our fees vary based on the library's budget as well as which musicians we include, time of year, weekday or weekend event, and whether a sound system is available at the library. Block Booking (more than one library in an area) available, as well as other money saving options - Call for Details. Additional Mileage Fee for beyond a 60-minute drive from Albany to be determined at time of booking.
Other notes:
Regions this program
can be performed in:
Capital District
North Country
Program last updated: 01/29/2018
Performer Information (see all of this performer's programs)
Stage name: Peter, Paul & George
Performer name: Paul Rosenberg
Phone: 518-482-9255
Mailing address: 538 Providence Street
Albany, New York 12208
E-mail address:
Previous appearances at: Wadsworth Library Geneseo, Schroon Lake Public Square Dance, Saratoga Springs Public Library, Albany Public Library Washington Ave. Branch, Altamont Elementary School, Guilderland Central School District
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Performer information last updated: 01/29/2018


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