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Program Information

Program name: Annie & Al On the Erie Canal
Program category: History
Music
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Program length: 60 to 90 minutes
Audience level: All ages
Audience size: Up to 100
Program description: Storyteller Fran Carlisi-Paxson joins Allen Hopkins to re-enact Erie Canal days. Fran plays "Annie," a canal boat cook, while Allen is an itinerant 19th-cehtury musician. Fran recounts several "tall tales" from the canal tradition, while Allen sings songs collected from NY State sources, pertaining to the history and social life of the canal. Program is given in period costume, using antique instruments, and features dialog and byplay that outline some of the lesser-known historical facts of the canal era. The program takes a humorous perspective on many facets of 19th-century Erie Canal life. This program has been presented at Spencerport Canal Days, Livingston County Historical Museum, Greece Historical Society, and elsewhere.
Space/special requirements: Flexible; we have sufficient PA to cover rooms of any size, and can also perform unamplified in a smaller space. Program has been given both indoors and outdoors.
Travel restrictions: Can be performed anywhere within driving distance of Rochester NY.
Program fee: $201- $350
Is this fee negotiable? Yes
Mileage included? Yes
Notes about the fee: Fee is negotiable within reasonable limits; will consider lower program fee for multiple bookings.
Other notes: This is an interesting combination of music and storytelling, based on Fran's extensive live performance experience, and Allen's long history of Erie Canal musical programming.
Regions this program
can be performed in:
Western
Rochester
Central
South Central
Capital District
North Country
Metro
Southeastern
Long Island
Program last updated: 06/08/2016
   
Performer Information (see all of this performer's programs)
Performer name: Allen Hopkins
Phone: 585-482-6062
Mailing address: 111 Newcastle Road
Rochester, NY 14610-1447
E-mail address: allen@allenhopkins.org
Website: http://www.allenhopkins.org
   
Previous appearances at: Cattaraugus County Museum, Railroad Songs, June 2015, Lockport Library, Civil War Songs, July 2015, Traditional Music & Dance Week, Pinewoods Camp, Plymouth MA, staff, August 2015, Hoag Library, Albion, Civil War Songs, November 2015, Wheatland Historical Society, Railroad Songs, February 2016
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Performer information last updated: 06/08/2016

 

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