Library Presenting Music from the Time of Henry David Thoreau

Sean and Deirdre Murtha

Sean and Deirdre Murtha

WOODBURY – The Woodbury Public Library will present a program of traditional folk music from the time of Henry David Thoreau on Thursday, July 13 at 7 p.m.

The songs will reflect Thoreau’s inspiration from nature, existentialist thinking, and the abolitionist movement of the mid-1800’s. A birthday cake celebrating the 200th anniversary of Thoreau’s birth week will be shared.

Sean and Deirdre Murtha of Norwalk will sing and play traditional folk music of America and the British Isles, including ballads, work songs, historical songs, play-party dance songs, and instrumental tunes.

The Murthas accompany themselves on a variety of instruments including fiddle, banjo, Appalachian dulcimer, guitar, Irish bouzouki, piano, and harmonica. From lively rhythms to plaintive melodies, from touching ballads to infectious sing-alongs, Sean and Deirdre bring the music of an older time into today.

The program, part of a series celebrating Thoreau, is sponsored by the Virginia Palmer Memorial Fund and the Friends of the Woodbury Library.  To register, visit the library’s website at or call 203-263-3502 for more information.

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