On Saturday, September 16, at 3 p.m. the Glen Conservancy presented the 77th New York Regimental Balladeers in a performance at Conservancy Hall titled “Patriots All: America’s Songbook, 1776-1976.”
The Balladeers is an ensemble based in Windham, Greene County. It is well known for its performances of Civil War era music. “Patriots All” expanded the scope of songs and tunes beyond the mid-19th century to include 18th and 20th century ballads and tunes. Performers’ instruments include guitar, fiddle, mandolin, banjo, bass, cello, pennywhistle, and occasionally a reed organ. The Balladeers’ primary vocalist is mezzo-soprano Gisella Montanez-Case, with other band members appearing as featured vocalists on several numbers.
“Patriots All” provided an opportunity to highlight a reproduction “Old Glory” American flag recently presented to the Glen Conservancy by the Balladeers. The twenty-four star flag was the national flag from July 1822 to July 1836. Conservancy Hall is a former church “meeting house” completed in 1831.
Photos by Dave Warner