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Dave Ruch: Exploring the Musical Landscape of the Eerie Canal
April 21 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Musician and teaching artist Dave Ruch has spent the last fifteen years searching for Erie Canal music beyond the grade school favorite “Low Bridge, Everybody Down,” and among other things, discovered that America’s favorite Erie Canal song was never sung on the canal! In this lecture/demonstration, Ruch explores music from canal diggers, barge workers, immigrants, lake sailors, mule drivers, canal boat captains, and yes, professional songwriters who all contributed to the musical and cultural life surrounding the canal. With some live instrumental music on banjo, bones, spoons, washboard, jaw harp, mandolin and more, Ruch presents a highly engaging program of stories, history and anecdotes about life on “Clinton’s Ditch” and the importance of the Erie Canal to the growth of New York City and the nation. For audiences of adults, with multimedia component featuring field recordings and images.