Rathdrum Magic Carpet Made of Steel – Railroad Songs and Lies

Sun, 04/22/2018 - 8:06pm -- dianeve

Songs about railroads display attitudes about the "iron horse," from the young girl, anticipating the arrival of marriageable railroad workers to the grumpy wagoner, afraid railroads will kill his business and bring in crews of Irishmen! (Oh no! There goes the neighborhood!)

Railroad songs and stories help us recapture the wonder the rails once inspired. Using these tunes and yarns, we'll explore what the railroad meant to the West and its pioneers. Performed by Bill Rossiter.

From Kalispell, MT, Bill Rossiter travels throughout Northwest, presenting songs and stories from various eras of American history. He has a large repertoire of “roots music,” and has performed for western and heritage museums, arts and cultural centers, town festivals, and library series. Bill’s songs are accompanied by guitar, banjo, autoharp and harmonica.

Learn more about Bill and his presentations on the Idaho Humanities Council website.

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