Salem Community Patriot | November 25, 2011 - 5 Historical Society Presents ‘Liberty is Our Motto’ Immediate family (Judson, Abby, Asa and Jess) Steve Blunt, presenter Singing original songs
by Robyn Hatch The Salem Historical Society presented “Liberty is Our Motto” by Steve Blunt on November 8. He is a song and storyteller sponsored by the NH Humanities Council. The Hutchinson Family Singers were America’s First Protest Singers. A 19th century American Family Singing Group who became the most popular entertainers of the 1840s. Brothers John, Asa, Jesse and
Members of the Historical Society listening to Steve Blunt’s presentation
Judson gave their first performance. Jesse quit the main group to write songs and actually manager the group. Their first performance was in Milford, NH. Their signature number became “The Old Granite State” in 1843. Minstrel show groups compared themselves to the Hutchinsons. In 1845, the family toured Great Britain. At the urging of Jesse Hutchinson, the group took on various causes - abolitionism, temperance and women’s rights. Frederick Douglas became a close friend in England and the group stayed with him for almost a year. Their sister Abby got to be a very important part of this group. Whenever a member of the group wrote a new song, each of the four singers decided his own part to create harmony. Steve Blunt was sponsored again by the Humanities Council and has been working on his craft for over 20 years. A full house came to listen to the Hutchinson’s story and original music. Because the Hutchinson singers were new to many of the Historical members, everyone left with a new understanding of this type of music.
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