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Cross Cut Exhibit at Lang Pioneer Village
May 31 @ 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
An event every week that begins at 10:00 AM on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, repeating until June 4, 2022
The Cross Cut: Traditional Ontario Folk Songs Revisited Exhibit will be on display at the Peterborough County Agricultural Building. CBC’s Edith Fowke collected folk songs in rural Ontario during the 1950s—many in Peterborough County. Traditional music came to Ontario with European settlers. Lyrics and tunes were adapted to local experiences and the personal preferences of the players, and these offer a reflection of society at different moments in history. The underlying themes are of a timeless nature, as they deal with human existence: love, deception, politics, war, immigration, work, leisure, murder, death, etc. Musician and music historian Dr. Allan Kirby, visual artist Rob Niezen and traditional music group Backwoodsmen selected and revisited just shy of two dozen folk songs from rural Ontario. They created contemporary arrangements and adapted lyrics, resulting in a double CD and an illustrated songbook. The songbook presents the songs with lyrics and chord progressions, an introduction by Dr. Allan Kirby, and Rob Niezen’s linocuts reflecting on the narrative of the songs with a contemporary perspective by applying the concept of ‘crosscutting’.