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All Hallow’s Eve: Songs of Love, Death, and the Supernatural

Saturday, October 30, 2021 at 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

All Hallow’s Eve: Songs of Love, Death, and the Supernatural
October 30

Bergen County Historical Society
1201 Main Street, River Edge, NJ 07661
Phone: (201) 343-9492
Time 2:00 – 3:00 pm
Admission: $20 adults, $10 children, members free

 

Halloween as we know it today did not exist before the 1870s. But the roots of Halloween reach back centuries into our past—to All Hallows’ Eve and ancient holidays and rituals, superstitions, and folklore. Anne and Ridley Enslow bring these ancient mysteries to life with a program of music spanning several centuries. 

At its core, the beliefs and observances that preceded Halloween were about the deepest mysteries of life—about life and death, things seen and unseen, and occurrences we can’t explain. Many cultures held that the spirits of our ancestors walked abroad in the land at this time, when the veil between this world and the next was the thinnest—whether they called it Le Jour des Morts, Dia de los Muertos, or Samhain.

Balladeers Anne and Ridley Enslow bring these ancient mysteries to life with a program of music spanning several centuries. The songs stretch back to medieval times, when children went door-to-door on All Hallow’s Eve (October 31) singing and begging for soul cakes, each one of which represented a soul freed from Purgatory. In the 18thcentury, songs of the supernatural abounded—of jilted lovers who came back to haunt their false loves, of murdered babes who returned to chide their mothers. More recently, there have been songs of witches—including the victims of the Salem witchcraft hysteria of the 1690s and the terrifying folkloric Russian witch, Baba Yaga—and of ghosts, too (occasionally humorous!).

Anne plays a large wooden instrument called a hammered dulcimer, which has 100 strings that are struck with tiny hammers. Ridley plays in 18th-century violin. And they both sing.  They have performed widely throughout New Jersey and the Northeast and have recorded six CD’s together, two of which received Notable Recording awards from the American Library Association.

Details

Date:
Saturday, October 30, 2021
Time:
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Venue

Historic New Bridge Landing
1201-1209 Main Street
River Edge, NJ 07661 United States
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