A Golden Spike and a Silver Hammer, Riding the Rails with Barry Cloyd

Saturday, November 18, 2017

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Barry Cloyd is a touring singer, songwriting, multi-instrumentalist, and historian. Join us for this one-of-a-kind educational and historical presentation with guitar and banjo music!

This journey begins with the driving of the golden spike at Promontory Point on May 10, 1869 and continues on from there into the Song “Drill Ye’ Tarriers Drill.” The story continues with a look at folk hero John Henry, an African/American Civil War veteran who made such a name for himself by his work as a steel driver on the C&O railroad that the story (in song) of “John Henry” is still being told today.

Songs such as “I’ve Been Working On The Railroad” will be played and the significance of the line “…Dinah Blow Your Horn” will be explained! Learn about the historical railroading backstories of “Wabash Cannonball”, “The Big Rock Candy Mountain”, “Casey Jones”, “The Wreck Of The Old ’97” and “Rock Island Line”. Woody Guthrie’s “This Train” and Steve Goodman’s “City of New Orleans” then bring this musical train ride back closer to the present.

Barry incorporates unique DeKalb railway stories into the concert! The performance concludes with his original song “Silver Train”, to show that the tradition of stories and songs about the railroads has not ended, but survives.

This FREE event is family friendly and requires no registration!

For additional information, please contact Samantha at samanthah@dkpl.org or at (815) 756-9568 ext. 1701.

Event Website:

DeKalb Public Library
309 Oak Street
DeKalb, Illinois 60115
United States