Speaker:

William Rossiter

Once Upon A Tune: Musical Tales of Two Continents and Four Centuries

Ballads, the story-songs that served as an early-day National Enquirer, told of love and loss, of deeds chivalric and dastardly and ghostly, of gossip and legend and of other lore beloved by “enquiring minds” of ages past. Many American story-songs have their roots in the British Isles and Australia. This program features traditional and historical songs, many of them paired with their “ancestor songs” from the old country.