"A GREAT way to learn about those bloody times!"
- Pete Seeger
***"Revolution on the River" has recently (Nov.'01)been selected as the "BEST CD of 2001" by Hudson Valley Magazine!
"A remarkable collaboration .... a gem in a jewelcase!"
- Thomas Hughes, Site Manage, Washington Headquarters State Historic Site, Newburgh, NY
"I have enjoyed listening to your CD" - Dr. James Johnson, PhD., retired Colonel and former head of History Dept. at West Point
"Revolution on the RIver" is a unique collection of 14 authentic stories and songs about the Revolutionary War in the Hudson Valley! During the war, the Hudson River was considered strategically crucial by both sides, and this recording examines the reasons why that was.
You will hear about the Battle of Saratoga, considered to be the "turning point" of the war, the story of Benedict Arnold's betrayal (which almost lost the war!),the victory at Stony Point by Gen. "Mad" Anthony Wayne, the Paul Revere-like ride by a 16 year old girl, the murder of another young woman that became a colonial rallying cry, Washington's suppression of an attempt by his officers to stage a coup and make him king, and much more!!!
Folk Balladeer Rich Bala and Master Storyteller Jonathan Kruk first got together as "The Hudson River Ramblers" in 1990. Since then, they've been "rambling" through the villages and valleys along the Hudson River, performing the region's tunes, tales, and traditions.
Besides their work together, Rich and Jon also maintain individual careers in their own discpline as well. Rich performs authentic, traditional folk songs of the region as a solo performer, and also with multi-instrumentalist Tom White as "The Barefoot Boys". Rich has 2 solo recordings, and 2 with "The Barefoot Boys", which are also available here on CDBaby!
Jonathan Kruk has been called as "intrepid storyteller" by the NY Times, and usually performs over 300 shows a year! He can be found at schools, libraries, historic sites, museums, rennaisance festivals, and has appeared on PBS and The Travel Channel.