Bells & Motley “15 Miles on the Erie Canal” Participatory Folk Performance Wednesday, July 12 at 7:00 pm
Tall tales, vintage instruments, and actual historic characters bring history to life in this vibrant, interactive portrait of the Erie Canal. Crafted in the popular 19th century style of a ‘folk operetta,’ this is an authentic performance piece that totally immerses audiences in the Canal Era, featuring cameo roles, participatory movement, and favorite canal sing-alongs.
Accompanying their performance on historic instruments – including hammer dulcimer, banjo, fiddle, hurdy gurdy, and squeezeboxes – the Bromkasí spirited musicality and portrayal of canal personages Captain Simon Slick and Irish cook Sallie Waters is nurtured by an enthusiasm born of first-hand memories and a lifetime of fascination with this legendary waterway. Audiences and Participants will enthusiastically follow their lead as singing time travelers, accompanied by Sal, the amazing legendary mule (and a guest from your audience!)