When Martin Luther King,stood in front of the Lincoln Memorial and gave his historic speech I Have a Dream on August 28,1963,he captivated his country and gave it a new vision. During the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom,many songs were sung and this is what The Corn Potato String Band brought to the audience at The American Center on Thursday evening. They played If I had a hammer and We shall not be moved,to mark the 50th anniversary of the landmark event in American history and the Civil Rights movement.
The four-member band,comprising Aaron Jonah Lewis,Lindsay McCaw,Aviva Steigmeyer and Roy Pilgrim,delighted the audience with their tunes. Specialising in authentic American Appalachian folk music,the troupe has travelled around the world and has been promoting the traditional fiddle and banjo music . They are slated to perform in Kolkata and Aligarh as well.
Our idea is to preserve traditional folk art in the 21st century, said Pilgrim. When we asked if they were familiar with Indian folk music,Pilgrim said,We have heard traditional Rajasthani folk music and have been impressed.
Formed almost a year ago,they call themselves the Corn Potato String Band,because we are the eyes and ears of America, said Lewis. McCaw quipped,It is typical of old bands in America to name their band based on something they eat and Lewis loves corn and potatoes.
The band ended the concert with We shall overcome,a protest song that became the key anthem, synonymous with the Civil Rights Movement.
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