Church History Museum Hosts Evening of Pioneer Music
- September 23 at 7:00 p.m.
- Church History Museum, Salt Lake City, Utah
- Blue Mountain will play a variety of traditional folk songs that highlight and trace the history of the Church.
- Each song will have a short background to provide historical context, and audiences are encouraged to participate and sing along to lyrics that will be displayed.
- This will be the last event held at the museum before it is closed for renovation.
“To learn songs our great-great-grandparents sang is fun and interesting. It helps in imagining what they were thinking and how they lived their lives.” —Ed Riding, Blue Mountain founder
The Church History Museum will host an evening of music and entertainment featuring a Mormon folk music group, Blue Mountain, on September 23 at 7:00 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. No reservations are required.
Blue Mountain grew mostly out of a love for music and the desire to learn and play the folk music of early Latter-day Saints. Embracing a variety of traditional songs, the folk music they play has railroad, pioneer, Mormon Battalion, Nauvoo, and Restoration themes. The performance will roughly trace the chronological history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints—from its origins in the East to Salt Lake City and beyond, continuing on into the railroading and cowboy days. While many people are familiar with the hymns that came from this era, the folk music of the era is nearly unknown. “The tunes are great. This is really fun music,” says Jay Burton, band guitarist. Group founder Ed Riding likes how this music gives new insight into the lives of those who came before us. “To learn songs our great-great-grandparents sang is fun and interesting. It helps in imagining what they were thinking and how they lived their lives.”
Each song will be introduced by a short background to provide the historical context. Audience participation is encouraged, and lyrics will be displayed so that everyone can sing along. “We want folks to learn with us. This is as much an educational experience as it is a performance,” says Riding.
The public is invited to participate in this historic and folkloric evening of learning and entertainment. The event will be held in the Church History Museum auditorium. This will be the last event held at the museum before it is closed for renovation. For more information, visit history.lds.org or call 801-240-9573.
LDS folk music group Blue Mountain will be performing an interactive and exciting evening of music and history September 23, 2014. Reservations and tickets are not required.