Greenville

‘Songs of old New Hampshire’ offered

Jeff Warner will present “Songs of Old New Hampshire” at the Chamberlin Free Public Library on Wednesday, July 30, at 7 p.m.

Drawing heavily on the repertoire of traditional singer Lena Bourne Fish (1873-1945) of Jaffrey and Temple, Warner offers the songs and stories that, in the words of Carl Sandburg, tell us “where we came from and what brought us along.”

These ballads, love songs and comic pieces, reveal the experiences and emotions of daily life in the days before movies, sound recordings and, for some, books. Songs from the lumber camps, the decks of sailing ships, the textile mills and the war between the sexes offer views of pre-industrial New England and a chance to hear living artifacts from the 18th and 19th centuries.

Warner connects 21st-century audiences with the music and everyday lives of 19th-century people. He presents musical traditions from the Outer Banks fishing villages of North Carolina to the lumber camps of the Adirondack Mountains and the whaling ports of New England. He accompanies his songs on a variety of folk instruments.

He is a folklorist and community scholar for the New Hampshire Council on the Arts and was named a 2007 State Arts Council Fellow. He has toured nationally for the Smithsonian Institution and has recorded for Flying Fish/Rounder Records and other labels.

This event is free and open to the public and is made possible by a grant from the New Hampshire Humanities Council’s “Humanities-to-Go” program. For more information, call the library at 878-1105.

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