Francis Johnson at the Roots of American Music with Brian Farrow
Friday, September 13
The Library Company of Philadelphia, 1314 Locust Street
6:00pm: Talk & Performance
District 1199C Union Hall, 1319 Locust Street
Francis Johnson, the favored musician of the Early National Era America, helped define this country’s sound by not just replicating its foreign influences but by innovating them. From the strains of melodies that marked America’s reflection on popular events (Lafayette’s return visit to America, the disenfranchisement of black bodies, the themes of the nation’s military elite, the Independence of Haiti) to the strains of his practice that lead to traditions that find their way through ragtime and jazz, Francis is the pivotal figure at the crux of America’s sound.
Brian Farrow, noted fiddler, bassist, songwriter, independent scholar and teaching artist, will be sharing Johnson’s legacy; how he influenced a generation and why a modern contextualization is imperative to the nation’s musical legacy.