Performers and Programs

Performer Information  
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: Penfield Library, Civil War program, 3/25/12, Valentown Museum, Victor Hist Soc, 5/24/12, Granger Homestead. Canandaigua, 2/3/13, Greece Historical Soc, Canal songs, 2/12/13, Albion Library, Orleans Hist Soc, Irish songs, 3/14/13
Contact information for New York State Public Libraries
Information last updated: 03/17/2013

Records  1-5 of 5
Program
Category
Description
Fee
Songs of the Railroad History,
Music
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. A program of railroad songs is presented annually for the Brighton schools; this program has recently been performed at the Strong Museum (Rochester), Heritage Square Museum (Ontario), NOMAD folk Festival (New Haven CT). Performed at Cottrell Mem. Library in Atlanta NY, 2011. Many opportunities for audience participation (chorus singing).
$201- $350
Songs of the Civil War History,
Music
Music of the Civil War era, from both North and South, performed in costume and on period instruments (guitar, banjo, concertina etc.). Historical background is given for each song. Selections include partisan rallying calls, songs of nostalgia, soldiers' parodies, and songs of triumph and defeat. Examples: The Bonnie Blue Flag, Tenting Tonight, Just Before the Battle Mother, The Faded Coat of Blue, Marching Through Georgia, We Are Coming From the Cotton Fields, etc. This program has been performed at museums, libraries, folk festivals, and historical societies for the past decade. Includes audience participation (chorus singing). Performed at libraries in Hornell, Canisteo, Howard, Albion, Mechanicville, 2009-11
$201- $350
Irish Songs from Ireland and America History,
Music
Music drawing on the Irish experience, mainly as emigrants from Ireland and new settlers in America. Selections include songs of departure (Muirshin Durkin, Off to California), of immigrant experience in the US (Paddy On the Canal, Paddy Works On the Railway), discrimination and adjustment (No Irish Need Apply, When McGinnis Gets a Job). Familiar songs of the jukebox Irish canon (When Irish Eyes Are Smiling, My Wild Irish Rose) are used to highlight the assimilation of Irish immigrants and their nostalgia for the old country. Mixed in are Irish melodies of all eras, from O'Carolan harp tunes, dance jigs and reels, Irish rebel songs, and many sing-alongs. Accompaniment on guitar, banjo, mandolin, harmonica and concertina. Very suited for St. Patrick's Day season. Within past year, performed at New England Folk Festival, Hazard Library (Poplar Ridge NY).
$201- $350
Voice of the Second Generation - A Holocaust Remembrance History,
Multicultural- Other,
Music
Singer-songwriter Bonnie Abrams, child of Holocaust survivors, and multi-instrumentalist Allen Hopkins, provide a program that mixes history, personal family remembrances, music and poetry from the European Jewish tradition -- all relating to the Holocaust experience. Bonnie, currently coordinator of Holocaust education at the Jewish Community Federation in Rochester, has performed and recorded extensively in western New York and throughout the Northeast. Her personal narrative is blended with music in English and Yiddish, both her original compositions and songs from the Jewish tradition. Allen provides accompaniment to Bonnie's guitar, on mandolin, mandola, concertina etc. This program has been presented at schools, Jewish community groups, and libraries for more than five years.
$351- $500
Songs of the Erie Canal History,
Music
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.
$201- $350
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