Victorian Performances


Colonial Performances

Lydia Adams Davis has combined her interest in nineteenth century life and her singing to create a refreshing program of Victorian popular songs. By researching the archives of nineteenth century music, Lydia has found a large array of beautiful songs. Dr. Ruthanne Schempf, pianist, and Lydia perform in costume to transport you back to the Victorian age with songs such as:

"Beautiful Dreamer"
"I Dream of Jeannie With the Light BLydia at Crawford Houserown Hair" and other Stephen Foster favorites
"Frankie and Johnnie"
"A Bird in a Gilded Cage"
"Listen to the Mockingbird"
"After the Ball"
"When Johnny Comes Marching Home"
"Daisy Bell"
"Goober Peas"
"In the Shade of the Old Apple Tree"
"Tenting Tonight" (other Civil War songs)
"Silver Threads Among the Gold"
"The Band Played On"
"White Wings"
"When You Were Sweet Sixteen"


Lydia in colonial garbWhat do James and Dolley Madison, Patrick Henry, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington and George Mason have in common?
A. They were all famous 18th Century Virginians
B. Lydia Adams Davis celebrates their lives and accomplishments in original ballads
C. They liked Ice Cream
D. All of the above

Lydia entertains with a soprano voice, playing guitar, dulcimer and, when available, harpsichord. Lydia will tell true to life stories of men, women and children from the early years of America and into the 19th century, wearing Colonial costume. Anecdotal humor and audience participation

Dressed in authentic Colonial garb, Lydia Adams Davis brings to life the daily activities of families living in the Hudson Valley during the colonial and revolutionary war times.

Accounts of bravery, treachery, political buffoonery and patriotism are melodically expressed in familiar and obscure historical songs.

Personalities featured in performances are Granny Wales, Robert Erskine (of Long Pond Iron Works), Abigail Adams, and composite Dutch, British and "American" families.

Herstory: Pat Lamanna and Lydia Adams Davis entertain with songs of the Abolitionist, Temperance and Women’s Suffrage movements.

Dressed in period garb, Lydia and Pat will sing songs, often to well-known tunes, from each of these movements and relate their histories.  Many of the songs were sung in the Hudson Valley by local women espousing the causes of the abolition of slavery, prohibition of alcohol, and the right of women to vote.  These seemingly disparate causes were intertwined in many interesting and surprising ways.

Other Historical Programs

It's A Mighty Hard Road: Songs of the Great Depression: Woody Guthrie favorites, Union songs and Tin Pan Alley hits.

For Liberty and Lincoln Too: Songs of the Civil War.

Over There:Songs of the Great War and World War II.

I Have a Dream: Songs of the Civil Right's Movement.

Pete Seeger ~ Songs of Peace and Hope: Pete Seeger Ballads/Songs of Change.