Ethel Waters in Chester County - early 20th Century

from His Eye Is On the Sparrow, pages 13-14:

My family and the other families who lived in those alley homes harmonized without any instruments to accompany them. There were musicians in the neighborhood, fellows who played the banjo, mandolin, guitar, and the bells (sometimes one man would play all of them). But they played at parties and sometimes on street corners... Then, of course, there was the hurdy-gurdy man. We kids would dance to the music he made and sing the words of the songs that came out of his tired, battered street organ.
cite as

Charles Samuels and Ethel Waters, His Eye Is On the Sparrow (1950), p. 13-14. accessed: 23 June, 2024

location of experience: Chester County


Ethel Waters
dancer, Singing

Experience Information

Date/Time early 20th Century
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, outdoors, in public

Originally submitted by Gill on Thu, 26 Mar 2015 15:07:06 +0000