SONGS OF THE CHERRYCOWS PAYS TRIBUTE TO ARIZONA'S RICH, COWBOY HISTORY
What kinds of songs did southeastern Arizonans sing during the first decade of the 1900s? What was territorial life like during that time?
Songs tell many tales of Arizona’s colorful history prior to statehood. Historian and musician Greg Scott will provide a multi-media presentation of the songs of the era using period instruments, recordings and photographs at Sun City’s Fairway Branch Library on Tuesday, October 26, 1 p.m.
“Songs of the Cherrycows:” Cowboy Folk Music and its Changing View of the West showcases the songs that cowboys of the open range sang to entertain themselves including old ballads from the British Isles, topical songs, and materials from the new technology of recorded music.
Cowboys of the Chiricahua Cattle Company (Cherrycows) arrived in the Arizona territory from every direction and their stories and songs reflect many of the dramatic changes that were taking shape at that time.
Scott’s lifelong interest in Arizona cowboy folk music has taken him throughout the state and the West, researching the songs and the people who sang them. This program is made possible by the Arizona Humanities Council.
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