Ballads & Folk Songs with Emerald Rae

Saturday, November 25

3:00 p.m. Exhibition Related Programs

A Concert Inspired by Lane’s Sheet Music Covers


Join us for a concert in the Museum with local fiddler and folksinger Emerald Rae. In addition to playing her original songs inspired by Scottish, Cape Breton, Irish and old time traditions, Rae will be playing 19th century ballads from sheet music featured in the special exhibition Drawn from Nature & on Stone: The Lithographs of Fitz Henry Lane. 

Free for members or with Museum admission. Reservations required: Call (978)283-0455 x10 or reserve online at Eventbrite.

Boston-based Fiddler & Folksinger Emerald Rae creates a groove-heavy sound reminiscent of old country blended with the intricacy of Celtic fiddle and rocked-up droning accompaniment. Complimented by sultry vocals and introspective lyrics that mirror old folktales, Emerald Rae brings the fiddling-singing combo to a whole new plateau. Her intriguingly quirky songwriting is steeped in the echos of traditional music, sewn together with imaginative arranging that will pique your curiosity. Her latest release “If Only I Could Fly” (2013) showcases her prowess as a multi-instrumentalist.

(above left) The Old Arm Chair: A Ballad. Lithograph on paper (sheet music). Drawn by F. H. Lane. Lithograph by B. W. Thayer & Co. Lithography, Boston, 1840. Published by Oakes & Swan, Boston. Collection of the Cape Ann Museum. Museum purchase, 2012. (center) The Maniac. Lithograph on paper (sheet music). Drawn by F. H. Lane. Lithograph by Thayer’s Lithographic Press. Published by Parker & Ditson, Boston, 1840. American Antiquarian Society. (right) Sicilian Vespers. Lithograph on paper (sheet music). Drawn by F. H. Lane. Lithograph by Pendleton’s Lithography, Boston. Published by C. Bradlee, Boston, c.1832. Boston Athenaeum. Gift of Charles E. Mason, Jr., 1978.

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