“A Mule Named Sal:” Music of the Erie Canal

“A Mule Named Sal:” Music of the Erie Canal

Dave Ruch live performance

I’m really looking forward to this return visit to my hometown for some songs and stories from “the ditch that made America.”

This is a free program but advance registration is required.

Picnic hours 11am-2pm with music program from 12-1pm.

Here’s a description of the program…

Dave Ruch has spent the twenty-five 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 19th century canal!

In this lecture/concert, Ruch presents 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 banjo, bones, spoons, washboard, jaw harp, mandolin and more, Ruch presents a highly engaging program of stories, music, 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.

RAIN LOCATION: Northwest Amherst Community Center, 220 Northpointe Parkway, Amherst NY 14228.


Date: September 19, 2024
Time: 12pm

Cost: Free and open to the public


Veterans Canal Park, Amherst NY

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