The Hudson River Ramblers, offer five programs; 

Once Upon the HudsonRevolution on the RiverDon’t Tread on MeHolidays on the Hudson Pirates!

We perform traditional folklore and folk songs, of “America’s First River,” the Hudson, Drawing from primary sources, local legends, historic documents, and song broadsheets, we tailor our shows to your theme, interests and needs. We turn the river’s heritage into friendly interactive performances, for schools, historic sites, libraries, and festivals.

Performance programs run about one hour.  We appear in period garb, work from a stage, and can bring a sound system for a small additional fee. 

School workshops are 45 minutes. Our programs help fourth and seventh grader teachers meet their curricular goals and the New York State Social Studies Standards, while preparing students to answer Document Based Questions.

“Once Upon the Hudson”

Discover why the Hudson is rightly called “America’s First River.” Tour over 400 years of river heritage in story and song.  See the river’s creation in a Native myth. Find out about “good old” Dutch and English colonial times. Learn about the Hudson’s three revolutions; Independence,  Industrial, and Environmental.  Meet river characters along the way like:  the Mahicans,  Henry Hudson, Peter Stuyvesant,  Captain Kidd,  George Washington, Sybil Ludington, Robert Fulton,  Sloop & Steamboat Skippers,  Pirates & Knickerbockers, Canawlers & Lumberjacks,  Imps, Spirits and more! This program is based on our Parent’s Choice award winning CD.

Schools! Our Once Upon the Hudson  Guide pdf

“A great way to learn about those bloody times” Pete Seeger’s comment on “Revolution on the River”

“Revolution on the River” –

Washington, Adams and British General Burgoyne all proclaimed the Hudson was the “key” to war. This energetic performance uses of authentic songs, stories and a skit to show how the river shaped the new nation.  Find out what “Yankee Doodle” really means.  Meet the teen girl who out rode Paul Revere. Learn why Washington make a “spectacle of himself” to hold country together.  Everyone wants to sing sing along on stirring battles ballads from Saratoga, Stony Point, Kingston, or White Plains.We include a selection from you locale too!  Sample our CD here.

Schools! Get our – Rev on River Student Guide pdf

“Don’t Tread on Me!” – 

Our new school Anti-Bullying program!                     

The American Revolution addresses bully and builds character.  The Hudson River Ramblers show students how in an interactive performance and workshop. 

+ Find out what happened when “John Bull” bullied “Yankee Doodle.” 

+ Who did Sybil Ludington tell when she learned others were attacked? 

+ When George Washington failed, what did he do?

   Teachers  –

   Address your curriculum for bullying and the  American Revolution, book, “Don’t Tread on Me!

  Get the Student Guide! —

Don’t Tread on Me – Revolutionary Character pdf



 Holidays Along the Hudson –

Traditional songs and stories from around the river for holidays ranging from Christmas, Hanukkah, Solstice, Presidents Day, St. Paddy’s Day, Earth Day, Flag Day, & July 4th.

PIRATES on the Hudson – 

Jonny Silver-Tongue & Grey-Beard Bala

Jonny Silver-Tongue & Grey-Beard Bala

All ye scurvious landlubbers yearning for real pirate lore and ballads! AVAST! Jonathan and Rich offer a program on the buccaneers from the Hudson River and waters near. Find out why  privateer Captain Kidd went pirate.  Learn what pirates dined with New York colonial leaders.  Who was the first to say “Aargh!” Meet a 19th century female pirate! Sing along and haul away on shanty songs!  Plus, what pirates are on the river today!


“They are knowledgeable, witty, inventive and most of all, fun… They are professional, flexible always well prepared.. They succeed at being both entertaining and educational. I highly recommend them.”    Dale Gregory, Vice President for Programs New-York Historical Society, NYC

“You provided our students with informed insights into the life and times of those who helped shape our country, as well as the importance of the natural resources in our historical development.” –    Barbara Mrozik, Principal, Hicksville Middle School

“They are knowledgeable, personable, very flexible and easy to work with.” Mary Grimaldi, Site Manager, Crailo State Historic Site, Rensselaer, NY

“We could be happy just spending our days on the river that flows both ways”

Tip yer hat to the imp of Donderberg or else! Bah Ba Booom!