'Ramblin Richard' explores American folklore through song

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'Ramblin' Richard will perform in Rochester on April 13. (Courtesy photo)

ROCHESTER - The Rochester Historical Society Museum will host "Ramblin' Richard" on April 13.

"Ramblin' Richard" is played by Richard Kruppa, who is a member of the New England Foundation for the Arts. A retired professor who studied Gospel and American folk music, Kruppa makes more than 300 performances each year during which he tells the stories and sings the songs while accompanying himself on guitar, 5 string banjo and baritone ukulele.

His performance in April will focus on "Historic American Songs: Our Beloved Songs & their Amazing Stories!"

This interesting and entertaining program, "illustrated" with music, brings to light the fascinating unfamiliar stories about some of our most beloved historic songs - songs like: "Yankee Doodle," "Old Folks at Home (Swanee River)," "Alexander's Ragtime Band," and "Goodnight Irene."

Kruppa asks questions such as: What was America's favorite president's favorite song, and why was it so unlikely? What song rose to popularity again after nearly 100 years? How are "God Bless America" and "This Land is your Land" connected? What old American song was so beloved that it got the songwriter released from state prisons - twice? After the questions come the answers...and the songs!

The program is free and open to the public and starts at 7 p.m. at the museum on Hanson Street.

Refreshments will follow the meeting. For more info call (603) 330-3099 or email

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