Rick Spencer Presents “Freemen for Frémont!: Music of the Presidential Campaign of 1856”

09/09/2016 - 7:00 pm
Community Room of the Canterbury, CT Town Hall
1 Municipal Drive - Canterbury, CT 06331

There will be a brief business session at 7:00 pm, followed by the program & refreshments. Free and open to the public. Bring a friend.

Rick Spencer

We’re delighted to welcome back Connecticut’s own delightful Rick Spencer, an instrumentalist and singer recognized internationally for developing and presenting theme-based historic music programs in the American folk tradition.

When he’s with us on September 9, he’ll present “Freemen for Frémont!: Music of the Presidential Campaign of 1856,” an interactive, live music program that promotes understanding of the United States on the brink of Civil War. You may even notice a few mirror images of this year’s election season.

Before the days of free and easy mass communication, candidates for public office often distributed their own campaign songbooks at political rallies. Between speeches, organizers would prompt the crowd to open the book and sing stirring songs extolling the virtues of featured candidates and denouncing the failings of their opponents.

In 1856 “Freeman’s Glee Book” was a tool to advance the presidential aspirations of John C. Frémont, the first man to receive the nomination of the young Republican Party. The songs are humorous, patriotic, and inflammatory.

See Rick performing the song “Hurrah For Frémont!” at this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B5ZGQBdUYks&feature=youtu.be. For more about Rick, see his website http://www.catfeather.com/.

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But even if you aren’t a member, our monthly history-themed programs are free and the public is warmly invited.  The business session starts at 7:00. If you want to skip it and come just for the program, arrive about 7:30.

The Canterbury Historical Society’s regular monthly meetings are normally on the second Friday evening of the month unless otherwise noted. We do not meet in July and August, when we take a summer break, though we often sponsor special events even in months without recurring monthly meetings.

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