On the eve of the opening of the Erie Canal navigation season, acclaimed performer and teaching artist Dave Ruch will present a treasure trove of music and stories from the workers, captains, crews, immigrants, and professional songwriters who plied their trades on upstate New York’s iconic waterway.
This special concert is being presented live in an online format on April 30, 2014 at 7:30 pm eastern daylight time, available around the world to anyone with an internet-connected computer or device. The Erie Canal navigation season opens on May 1, 2014.
A past guest performer at the Oneida County Historical Society, Utica Public Library, and Unity Hall in Barneveld, Ruch is celebrated for his ability to engage audiences of all kinds. He will be performing on banjo, guitar, mandolins, bones, spoons, jaw harp and more, telling stories and singing songs from his research into the musical life that coursed through the Erie Canal in the “horse and mule” days.
Individual tickets to access the broadcast are available now for $5 online, and the concert will also be screened in real-time at locations around the state including the Foothills Performing Arts and Civic Center in Oneonta, Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts at St Bonaventure University, and the Chazy Public Library in Chazy NY.
This concert is sponsored by The Erie Canal Museum, Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum, The String Shoppe, and www.ErieCanalSong.com, and will not be recorded for later viewing.
About Dave Ruch
Dave Ruch (it rhymes with “luck”) is a full-time musician, researcher, and performer from Buffalo who has taken Erie Canal songs to Great Britain, Adirondack fiddle music to Canadian folk audiences (on the mandolin!), and Iroquois chants to thousands of local schoolchildren. He is a “Speaker in the Humanities” for the New York Council for the Humanities, and specializes in historical and traditional music from New York State – Erie Canal songs, Adirondack ballads, Native American chants, North Country fiddle tunes, Great Lakes shanties, Catskills woodsmen’s songs and other forgotten music from New York State’s farms, battlefields, waterways, lumber camps and kitchens. Ruch performs over 200 concerts and workshops each year in the United States, Canada, and the U.K. His most recent CD, entitled “The Oldest Was Born First”, features thirteen tracks of New York State music along with a 12-page booklet of song notes; available at www.daveruch.com/store.htm.
Photo: Dave with guitar at Canalside – photo by G. Meadows.