Rhythms ‘Round Virginia
a musical tour of the Commonwealth and its history — from Jamestown to Monticello.
Participants join the artists as they travel up the James River from Jamestown playing colonial era fiddle tunes, 19th century banjo breakdowns, and songs of the railroad and coal mining industries as well as the Civil War.
Each concert may include some of the following:
• Interactive student participation
Students from each grade may play along with gourds, bones, tambourines, washboards, and hand drums.
• Native American Culture
Indian Maiden is a fiddle tune with gourd accompaniment that commemorates Captain John Smith and Pocohontas.
• Colonial Era
Moving from Jamestown to Monticello, the Cary’s play Kesh Jig, an English dance, and Money Musk, a Scottish reel popular in Jefferson’s time.
The Carys play English, Scottish and Irish dance tunes, favorites of Patrick Henry and Thomas Jefferson, such as The Girl I Left Behind Me. Instruments include mandolin, guitar, wooden whistle, and jaw harp. Children from 2nd grade may accompany them on bones.
Kim provides accompaniment on frame drum while Jimbo plays tinwhistle and sings Washington’s Victory an old ballad about the American victory at Yorktown in 1781.
“On the nineteenth of October in seventeen eighty-one
Cornwallis he surrendered to General Washington
They marched from their post, brave boys, and quickly grounded arms.
Rejoice you brave Americans with music’s sweetest charms…”
• Civil War
· Abe’s Retreat is a Civil War era tune that celebrates early Confederate victories and commemorates the Battle of Bull Run. (performed on fiddle and banjo)
· The Fall of Richmond describes the withdrawal from the capital of the Confederacy.
· Beneath the Shade of the Trees was composed in honor of Civil War hero, Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson.
• Songs and tunes about Famous Americans
George Washington, Abe Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, Martin Luther King , Jr.
• River Travel in Virginia
The Batteau Song/ Boatsman medley describes hauling tobacco and other cargo via rivers and canals in the early 1800’s. Jimbo plays the gourd banjer — a replica of a19th century banjo developed by African Americans. Kim will demonstrate how to play the bones, another popular instrument of the time
• Importance of Railroad Travel in Virginia
• Animal Folksongs of Virginia
• Interactive jam session
The concert concludes with Kim leading a percussion ensemble of up to 200 students playing gourds, maracas, rico-ricos, bells and hand drums while Jimbo improvises on alto saxophone.
“Excellent communication with the children. Very child centered. Very informative – a great learning experience.”
– teacher, OB Gates
“Wonderful! Wonderful! Wonderful! My children enjoyed every minute and I did too!”
– M. D. , Concord Elementary
“The smiles on their faces and the rhythms in their hands convinced me that the two of you are pros at engaging young people in music.”
-music specialist, Oak Grove E.S