Dr. Banjo and the Tuckahoe Travelers bring to life for modern audiences the vibrant music of mid-nineteenth century America. This is when American popular music was born, and we raised our voices together in new songs with uniquely American themes. Today, many of these songs by songwriters such as Stephen Foster and Dan Emmett are still being sung and enjoyed around the world.
The Tuckahoe Travelers (Dean Havron, five-string banjo, guitar, and vocals, from Winchester, VA; Robert Schuweiler, guitar, mandolin, jawbone, and vocals, from Bunker Hill, WV; and Charlie Casabona, fiddle, triangle and vocals, of Round Hill, Va.) recreate the spirit in which these songs were played and sung in the 1850s to 1860s. Playing period reproduction instruments, the Travelers introduce each song with its musical history, making it more accessible for the modern audience. But it’s not all academicâ€”the Travelers mix in jokes from the era, poetry orations, mini-skits, and sing-alongs. Dr. Banjo also takes the audience on a musical history tour of America’s instrument, the five-string banjo, playing gourd and minstrel era reproduction banjos.
The Tuckahoe Travelers repertoire draws largely on the classic songs of the era such as Lucy Long, Old Dan Tucker, Old Folks at Home, Dixie, Goin’ to Run All Night (Camptown Races). Many other songs taken from period song collections may be new to modern ears but are no less enjoyable.
The trio draws from a decade’s worth of performances by Dr. Banjo at various living history gatherings in the northern Virginia area.
Playing period reproduction instruments, the Travelers introduce each song with its musical history and mix in jokes from the era, poetry orations, mini-skits, and sing-alongs. Featuring the music of:
Henry Washburn & George F. Root
Daniel Decatur Emmett
The Tuckahoe Travelers will perform on Saturday October 1st at 7:30 PM at Grace Episcopal Church Chapel located at 110 North Church Street, Berryville, Virginia.
Admission is $10 with people under 18 admitted free. For reservations and information please call 540-955-4169. The event is sponsored by The Sounds of Grace and Roots of American Music.