Neversink continues concert series with traditional songs of New York State

| 30 Sep 2011 | 08:26

Cuddebackville — The Neversink Valley Museum of History & Innovation continues its concert series on Friday, Aug. 27 at 7:30 p.m. when it presents the return of musician and educator Dave Ruch. Ruch, a performer and teaching artist, will give a special concert and historical commentary entitled “Traditional Songs of New York State.” Equal parts historian, entertainer, educator, comedian and folklorist, Ruch finds his song material in dusty archives, obscure songbooks, diaries, old recordings, scholarly journals and sometimes from his own children. He sings and plays music for all ages on an intriguing assortment of instruments including mandolin, guitar, wash tub bass, 5-string banjo and jaw harp. This concert takes the audience on a musical trip around the state to sample (and sing along with) some traditional folk songs of real New Yorkers from days gone by - canallers, farmers, lumbermen, children, immigrants, Native Americans, lake sailors, and more - songs from the people who settled and built the state. A professional musician and educator based in Buffalo, Ruch gives over 325 concerts and workshops each year for schools, libraries, folk festivals, historical societies, museums and community events. He is a member of the New York State Historical Association, New York State Council for the Social Studies and Canal Society of New York State, among other organizations. The concert will be held at the D & H Canal Park visitor’s center, at 58 Hoag Road in Cuddebackville. Admission is $7. For more information call 754-8870 or visit