Following up on Calvin Knickerbocker's program "Wacky Songs That Made Us Laugh," the Friends of the Library will offer another musical program with a grant from the NH Humanities Council's Humanities-to-Go program. Music historian and performer Eric A. Bye will present "19th Century American Popular Music" on Wednesday, April 4, at 7 pm. This program is free and open to adults and teens. Register online, email, or call 424-5021 to register.
American music has much to do with our identity as a nation. More than just entertainment, music is connected with social conditions, emerging from the sea, from cotton fields, lumber camps, and kitchens. Twentieth century music: blues, country, swing, rock, gospel, folk all emerged from earlier forms such as hymns, minstrel tunes, sea chanteys, voyageur tunes, ragtime, and patriotic songs from the Civil War. Come hear history played live on the banjo and mandolin.
The NH Humanities Council nurtures and inspires community engagement by bringing life-enhancing ideas from the humanities to the people of New Hampshire. Learn more about the Council at www.nhhc.org.