Wayne County Historical Society recently worked with John Bryan and Nancy Bryan to record its new CD, “Legends of the Erie Canal,” thanks to a grant from Nelson B. Delavan Foundation.
“The CD contains two songs: ‘Captain Joe’ and ‘The Jogahoh,’” said Larry Ann Evans, executive director of Museum of Wayne County History. “Since we are featuring the exhibit ‘The Little Ditch that Could and Did,’ I thought that we could create the songs about two legends of the Erie Canal.”
Evans contacted Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Nancy Bryan and her husband, John, to work with Wayne County theater students from Lyons Curtain Call to research, write and record two original songs about legends of the Erie Canal. All of the songs were produced and arranged by the Bryans, and the instrumental tracks were recorded at Mamie’s House Music Studio.
“Nancy and her husband are incredible,” Evans said. “The CD sounds so professional, the tunes are catchy, the lyrics are marvelous and the kids sound great. We couldn’t be happier.”
Curtain Call students involved in the CD’s production were Ben Cepulo, Alexandria Franchi, Cherylanne Garrett, Melanie Higgins, Coby McAvinney, Seth Nesbitt, Ryan Permanent, Aria Smith and Anisha Stallworth.
“Legends of the Erie Canal” is available at Museum of Wayne County History, 21 Butternut St., Lyons. It costs $5 plus tax, and will be a companion piece to a book in progress about legends and haunts of Wayne County.
For information, call 315-946-4943 or visit waynehistory.org.