A lively program of songs and narrative, created by Peggy Lynn and Dan Duggan, that tells the amazing story of how American women won the right to vote.
In 2007, Peggy Lynn culminated her Master’s degree in American History by presenting her program of songs from the women’s suffrage movement. Lynn found 136 songs among the papers of the National American Woman’s Suffrage Association and the National Woman’s Party in the Library of Congress, among other notable archives. Taking from songs which represent a wide variety of topics and genres, Lynn wove together the story of women’s suffrage from the beginning, at the first Women’s Rights Convention in Seneca Falls in 1848, to the ratification of the 19th amendment to the US Constitution in 1920. She also included the voices and perspectives of Jewish women, women of color, and immigrants.
Dan Duggan was an integral part of arranging the songs for instruments, accompanying Peggy on hammered dulcimer, banjo, guitar, and piano. Singing for Suffrage includes new lyrics written by suffragists to songs such as My Country Tis of Thee, Red, White, and Blue, Auld Lang Syne, Oh Susanna! and the Marseillaise. Other songs from the 1910s were found on sheet music and were known as parlor songs. There’s even an anti-suffrage song which, with tongue in cheek, warns, “Don’t marry a suffragette!” The variety of music and instrumentation in this program makes it as entertaining as it is educational.
Peggy Lynn is known for her ballads of Adirondack women, bluesy originals, and songs about nature. She is the co-author of Breaking Trail: Remarkable Women of the Adirondacks, and is the recipient of the Adirondack Mountain Club’s Arthur E. Newkirk Educator award. She has several solo albums, four recordings with her husband, Dan, and two recordings with their trio Jamcrackers. www.quercusmusic.com
Dan Duggan won the National Hammered Dulcimer Championship in Winfield, Kansas. His children’s album Pieces of Our Life was chosen for the Parent’s Choice Award, and he contributed a hammered dulcimer track to Paul Simon’s album, You’re the One. Dan has produced numerous recordings of his own instrumental music, many for various folk and bluegrass artists, and Jamcrackers’ most recent recording, Get Crackin’. www.esperanceproductions.com
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