History through Music – A Concert Video

One of the things I’ll never get tired of in my professional life as a musician and educator is sharing the fruits of my somewhat-solitary music research with gatherings of interested (and interesting) people; especially so when the audience is discovering the material for the first time.

I was pleased to find a video recording of a 2008 concert on my desk the other day, shot during a performance I gave for the Washington County Historical Society in Fort Edward NY and buried under a huge pile of CDs and DVDs.  (I wonder what else might be found in that pile!)

This is one of my favorite types of performances to do, and the audience (as you will see) was fantastic.

The music and stories here touch on many different facets of earlier life in New York State, including the Iroquois (Haudenosaunee) people, British trading, the jews harp, migration from New England, agriculture, the Erie Canal, the Great Lakes sailors, Buffalo NY, social dance and square dance, the Adirondacks, North Country, American Revolution, the War of 1812, Essex County NY, Washington County NY, the Battle of Plattsburgh, Edna West Teall, kitchen hops, song collecting, New York Seaport, NYC and more.

I’d love to hear from you with any comments, contributions, and/or suggestions for future programs.


I’m sorry I can’t credit the videographer, as I don’t know who shot this. I do recall receiving the DVD shortly after the concert from one of the members of the historical society, but I don’t have a name.  So, “thank you” to them!

More Resources

For those with an interest in American traditional music from places outside of the Southern Appalachian Mountains, old time fiddling in the Northeast, New York State folk music, etc, here are a few more resources:

“W is for the Woods” website

“Ermina Pincombe – Music in an Adirondack Family”



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