Musician and re-enactor Ron Cary, a Deputy Niagara County Historian, will perform “18th Century Tavern Music of the Niagara Frontier” Saturday, Jan. 31, at 1:30 p.m. at the Erie Canal Discovery Center.
A long-time re-enactor at Old Fort Niagara, Cary is an accomplished singer and guitarist, as well as historian. He has researched and developed the persona of an itinerant 18th century tavern singer and performs as an outreach effort of the Niagara County Historian’s Office. Cary’s presentation will include 18th century period songs with their meanings, including past and present versions; clothing and fashion; and musical practices of that time.
His tavern songs include songs of love, from joyous to tragic, songs of home, melancholy and nostalgia, lullabies and more. They feature the countryside, common folk and their lives, soldiers and wartime, sailors and the sea, and characters such as rascals, outlaws and wenches. Drinking songs and bawdy ballads are included – be aware that tavern songs are meant for an adult audience and some could have the equivalent of an “R rating.”
Cary performs as this character at the Fort’s 12th Night Ball, Tavern Nights, French and Indian War Encampment, Castle by Candlelight and other events. He also presents at the Fort on Sundays during warm weather.
Prior to becoming a Deputy Niagara County Historian, Cary taught Chorus and General Music for over 40 years in the North Tonawanda City School District. He holds degrees in Music Education from Syracuse University and the University of Buffalo.
Admission to this event and the exhibits of the Erie Canal Discovery Center and Penney Gallery is free. For information, please call 439-0431.