Performer and teaching artist Dave Ruch will be giving a special concert entitled "Traditional and Historical Songs of New York State" this Wednesday at the Woodward Memorial Library in LeRoy NY.....

DATE:  Wednesday, June 29, 2005
TIME: 7:00-7:45pm
LOCATION:  Woodward Memorial Library, 7 Wolcott Street, LeRoy NY
PHONE: 585-768-8300 for directions


In his very special concert programs, Dave presents, and tell the stories behind, the songs of real people from days gone by - - farmers, lumbermen, children, immigrants, native americans, canallers, hops pickers, lake sailors and more - - songs from the people who settled and built our region.

Equal parts historian, entertainer, educator, comedian and folklorist, Dave Ruch finds his song material in dusty archives, obscure songbooks, diaries, old recordings, scholarly journals and sometimes from his own children, and brings these gems to life in a most entertaining style.

"We were delighted with his unique program...Dave knows how to hold his audience, young and old, spellbound" -SYLVIA PARKER & BETTY TABOR, MAYFIELD NY HISTORICAL SOCIETY

"Thank you for your great program......I can highly recommend Dave Ruch" -JAMES HUGHES, WATERLOO HISTORICAL SOCIETY, WATERLOO NY

Dave Ruch has researched regional folklore and song traditions at Cornell University and the New York State Historical Association, and using materials from Smithsonian Folkways, New York Folklore Society, Harold Thompson Folklore Archives, Ivan Walton Great Lakes folklore collection, Anne & Frank Warner collections, Stevens-Douglass manuscript, John & Alan Lomax archives, Buffalo & Erie County Library's Grosvenor Room, Helen Hartness Flanders Ballad Collection, Shoemaker Pennsylvania resources, Eddy Ballads of Ohio collection, Anne Grimes, Library of Congress, Edith Fowke & Helen Creighton Canadian collections and more.