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Crocker Nye Road Band to kick off C&O Canal Days

August 23, 2000

Crocker Nye Road Band to kick off C&O Canal Days



Crocker Nye Road Band will kick off Williamsport's C&O Canal Days with a performance Friday, Aug. 25, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Visitors Center.

Who is Crocker Nye?

"It's just a name," said Peter Wright, harmonica player. "It's just the name I use whenever I need a band," he explained.

Wright found the band he needed to help celebrate the 150th anniversary of the C&O Canal at the Thursday-night picking sessions at Woodmen of the World in Fairplay. The "throw-together" group includes Bob Riner on bass, Bud Hall on mandolin and guitarist and vocalist, Jay Cooper. There's also a banjo player called "Smokey."

Crocker Nye Road Band borrowed its name from an actual road in Hardwick, Mass. The group will play traditional music, some of it from the early days of the C&O Canal. There was music on the canal boats. They would drift along for hours. "There was time to sit on the deck and play," Wright said. He will provide narration along with the music.

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- Kate Coleman

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