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

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

Folk music of new york state

Glens Falls is a history-minded town, and I’ve enjoyed traveling through and performing here over the years.

This time, it will be a concert to celebrate the ongoing bicentennial of the first “dig” on the Erie Canal.

Here’s a description of the program…

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 engaging 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.


Date: June 21, 2018
Time: 6:30pm

Cost: Free and open to the public


Crandall Public Library, Glens Falls NY

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