Cosby Gibson and Tom Staudle will perform “Adirondack Lumber Camp Songs” 5:30 p.m. Friday, July 12 at the Old Forge Library, 220 Crosby Blvd.
Gibson and Staudle are award-winning songwriters and singers and live near the Adirondacks. As a duo, they have been performing for eight years and tour both regionally and nationally.
Gibson writes unique acoustic and folk-style songs, and her new album is winner for Best Folk Album for the Capital District Original Music Awards in 2018. She has founded a community music project, “The Flying Song Garden.” The project brings song and festivity to communities in hardship.
Staudle writes and performs in acoustic, Americana and blues styles. He also organizes and hosts a large community open mic in Fultonville, and a Party in the Park supported by local businesses. His new album is winner for Best Folk Lyrics for the Capital District Original Music Awards in 2018.
They also design and perform music programs which, in addition to Adirondack lumber vamp songs, include historic songs of the Erie Canal, poetry songs and history songs, and songwriters in the round.
For the Adirondack lumber camp songs program, they researched the history of the lumber workers of the 1800s who after laboring in dangerous conditions would return to their logging camps and sing around the campfire as a way to relieve stress.
The event is open to the public and free to attend. It is funded by the Friends of the Old Forge Library and New York State Council on the Arts.