Bethany to host ‘Singing Workers: American Occupational Folksong’

On Tuesday, April 19, the Bethany Beach Cultural & Historical Affairs Committee will host a special presentation by Saul Broudy, “Singing Workers: American Occupational Folksong.” The event will take place in Town Hall at 214 Garfield Parkway at 7 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

The program will explore life before mass media and literacy, and aims transport the audience back to a time when laborers made their own songs to express their emotions, convey information, tell stories, solidify group identity and help them make it through the day.

Broudy will bring to life the songs of railroad workers, coal miners, farmers, truck drivers, pilots, and other workers, and discuss the role that music played in the workers’ lives.

Broudy has been performing for more than 45 years all over North America, and in Europe, Australia, New Zealand and the Middle East. He accompanies his singing on guitar but is perhaps best-known as a harmonica player, having worked with artists such as Steve Goodman and Loudon Wainwright.

Broudy holds a doctorate in folklore from the University of Pennsylvania, and his shows aim to inform, as well as entertain. He is currently on the speakers bureau rosters of the Delaware Humanities Forum and the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, doing “musical lectures.”

Since 2005, the Bethany Beach Cultural & Historical Affairs Committee has been sponsoring cultural events during the off-season. Topics of interest run the gamut from shipwrecks and treasures to music and historic tales. All programs are free and open to the public.