Parlor songs were a source of home entertainment until the radio and gramophone took over. Think fancy old sheet music covers; family and friends gathered around a lace-covered piano, singing the latest hits. Stephen Foster and his imitators cranked out reams of this music: sweet, sentimental songs that make people happy. Can't argue with that.
OLD-TIME HARMONY & HYMNODY
Songs of hard times, hard luck, hard love, and spiritual redemption - hymns, love songs, and laments. Echoing through hills and hollows, ringing out from cabin stoops and in country churches, many of these songs started out as parlor songs and shook off the sentiment, picking up life and grit on the journey from parlor to the backwoods.
BALLADS & BLUES
People have been telling each other stories through song for as long as there's been language, and these songs have been passed down through generations like the precious relics they are. Donna has a gift for breathing life into stories from the remote past in a way that can keep you on the edge of your seat, or move you to tears.
FOOT-TAPPING FIDDLE TUNES
Dancing has brought people together for eons and all dance music is social music. The primal rhythmic sounds of the fiddle, banjo, mandolin, and guitar inspire people young and old to get up and move. Ron has been playing dances for over 30 years and he really knows how to get your toes tapping.