Thomas Ryan in Boston - the 1840's

from Recollections of an old musician, page 90:


I heard [Ole Bull] play The Arkansas Traveller once; I shall never forget it. The piece opened with a short introduction,—a quiet, plaintive air,—at the conclusion of which he gently lifted up his right foot, much in the old-grandfather manner of beating time; then he suddenly brought down that foot with tremendous force on the uncarpeted stage and dashed off into the most reckless, mad, and intoxicated jig any dancer ever heard to start the fever of dancing within him. It was startling.


cite as

Thomas Ryan, Recollections of an old musician (New York City, 1899), p. 90. accessed: 17 June, 2024

location of experience: Boston


Thomas Ryan

Listening to

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The Arkansas Traveller performed by Ole Bull

Experience Information

Date/Time the 1840's
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by Jo Reardon on Tue, 15 Dec 2015 21:08:22 +0000
Approved on Fri, 19 Feb 2016 07:55:11 +0000