LEXINGTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY COLONIAL SINGERS AND DANCERS
The Lexington Historical Society Colonial Singers present the music enjoyed at the time of the American Revolution with spirit and lots of fascinating details about the history of the songs. Led by Diane Taraz, the group performs in period clothing, accompanied by historically accurate instruments – guitar, lap dulcimer, tin whistle, and drum. The songs cover the whole range of people involved in the conflict – women and men, servants and masters, preachers and their flocks, soldiers and the families they left behind. Especially interesting are the songs created to promote either rebellion or loyalty to the crown. Two British Grenadiers are among the singers, quite dashing in their scarlet coats.
The Lexington Historical Society Colonial Dancers, led by Darlene Wigton, provide a fascinating look at the manners and customs of the 1700s through the minuets and country dances that were a major pastime during this era. The dancers wear period dress and demonstrate many of the social dances very popular during the 18 th century—when dancing ability could also show your social class. All the dances are performed to live period music, the most popular dance tunes of the time, and offer an energetic and fun performance.
The Colonial Performers are available to visit schools and to perform at celebrations and events throughout the Boston area, either as separate groups or together. For information about hiring the group, or if you are interested in joining one of the groups, please contact Lexington Historical Society at firstname.lastname@example.org or 781-862- 1703.