Songs of the Civil War Saturday at John Brown Farm

LAKE PLACID – Balladeer Linda Russell sings Songs of the Civil War Saturday at the John Brown Farm State Historic Site.

Russell will explore the Civil War in song. Accompanying herself on hammered and mountain dulcimers, guitar and pennywhistle, she will bring life to the 19th century with tunes of the era.

From songs heard around Union and Confederate campfires to the ballads sung in the parlors back home, Linda explores the 1860’s as expressed in love songs, patriotic anthems, minstrel tunes, dances, hymns, and Stephen Foster melodies.

Having served for many years as a balladeer for the National Park Service at Federal Hall on Wall Street, the site of Washington’s inauguration, Russell now takes her music to historic sites, schools and festivals throughout the country. Appearances have included Lincoln Center and the Carnegie Hall Folk Festival. She has recorded eight albums of traditional and popular music of America’s past.

This will be an outdoor event but will be held in the barn meeting room if the weather is inclement. It is free and open to the public.

For more information, call the Park office at 518-523-3900.