A Golden Spike and a Silver Hammer

Riding the Rails with Barry Cloyd
An original edu-tainment presentation
by Barry Cloyd Productions

Friday, November 17, 3:00 pm, Madden Auditorium




I begin this true folksong/story show with the driving of the golden spike at Promontory Point on May 10th, 1869 and continue on from there into the song “Drill Ye’ Tarriers Drill”, which was written during that time.  Then the legendary folk hero “John Henry”, an African/American Civil War veteran who made a name for himself by his work as a steel driver on the C&O railroad makes an appearance.

Songs such as “I’ve Been Working On The Railroad”, “Wabash Cannonball”, “The Big Rock Candy Mountain”, “Casey Jones”, “The Wreck Of The Old ’97” and “Rock Island Line” all make hit the stage along with their histories and back-stories.  Woody Guthrie’s “This Train” and Steve Goodman’s “City of New Orleans” bring this musical train ride closer to the present.  And as I try to include an original piece in these shows, I close with my song “Silver Train”, showing that the tradition of stories and songs about the railroads has not ended, but continues on down the line.

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