MEDINA – The 2nd annual Epochs in Orleans Timeline Festival, sponsored by the Genesee Community College history club, will take place Sept. 16 and 17 at the GCC Medina, NY, campus center.
Part of the Orleans County Heritage Festival, Epochs in Orleans will feature reenactors and impressionists from throughout American history, as well as informative lectures and demonstrations. But the big news for this year is the signing of teaching artist Dave Ruch, who will perform a special concert program entitled “The War of 1812: Songs and Stories from NY and Beyond”on Saturday, Sept. 16th at 1:00 PM.
Dave Ruch is a special musician who sings and plays music for all ages on an intriguing assortment of instruments including mandolin, banjo, guitar, jaw harp, bones, spoons and more. His concerts feature a warm rapport with audiences as well as good humor.
In this lecture/concert, Dave Ruch presents a fascinating portrait of the War of 1812 through the songs and stories of the people themselves. Ruch has dug deeply into archival recordings, diaries, old newspapers and other historical manuscripts to unearth a wealth of rarely-heard music which, together with stories and humor, offers a rounded and fascinating picture of this “second war of independence.”
Special emphasis can be given to New York State’s important role in the conflict.