UNION, NJ – Folk revival music is a “living history” dating back over 300 years, and a presentation, “New Jersey Folk Revival Music: History and Tradition”, will be hosted by the Union Township Historical Society, on Sunday, April 7.
Featuring Michael Gabriele, the program is based on is new book and will include a short live-music segment and a book-signing. Gabriele's book narrates the evolution, tradition, and history of folk revival music in New Jersey. From tavern revelers and fiddle players in the 1700's, the story continues to “Guitar Mania” of the mid-1800's; to recordings made at Victor studios in Camden, in the early 1900's; to legendary artists, such as Woody Guthrie, Joan Baez, Pete Seeger, and Bob Dylan; and to the achievements of world-class musicians in our state.
Gabriele provides extensive information on acoustic sounds of the Pine Barrens. Sammy Giberson, the legendary fiddler of the mid-1800's; the Pinehawkers at the National Folk Festival in 1941; the Albert brother’s “beloved Homeplace” cabin in the Waretown woods, which inspired today’s Albert Hall; and the exploits of Merce Ridgway, Jr., are included in the Pine Barrens tales.
Gabriele’s book documents New Jersey's vast contributions to the musical genre and examines folk revival music's impact on local history and culture, as well as how it has changed lives—of the performers and the audience.
A lifelong New Jersey resident, Gabriele graduated Montclair State University in 1975 and has worked as a journalist and freelance writer for four decades. He’s a trustee of the NJ Folk Festival, Rutgers University; the executive board of the Nutley Historical Society; and serves on the advisory board of the Clifton Arts Center.
The event will be held on Sunday, April 7, at 2:00 p.m. Connecticut Farms Presbyterian Church, 888 Stuyvesant Avenue. Admission is free, but donations are gratefully accepted. Refreshments will be served.
For more information on the presentation, please visit the UTHS website, www.unionnjhistory.com or call 908-591-4377.