The Sandpiper Sung by Rose Allen, 2014, 8th grade
Poem by Celia Thaxter
Music by Michelle Wirth, teacher in Rye 2008-2017
Celia Thaxter grew up on the Isles of Shoals here in Rye.This is an original musical setting of one of her most famous poems.
The Sailors Hornpipe. Mira Potter-Schwartz, violin
The Sailor's Hornpipe was performed in our Rye Town Hall in a program on March 18, 1904. The song was performed by Miss Annie Drake and Miss Evelyn Drake.
The Jolly Farmer. Mrs. Gail Butler, piano
This song was performer in a show in Rye Town Hall One hundred years ago. It is performed today by a local resident piano teacher here in Rye, one of our guest musicians from the community.
Rye Refrains: Songs from Our Past.
Students, staff and community members are joining together to research and collect songs from over the many years of Rye's great History. From the sea chanties of the harbor ships, to the farming and work songs, the songs of the grand hotels, the early churches, and even our earliest settlers, the Algonquin.
Thanks to the generosity of the Rye Education Foundation, the students at RJH will be able to learn these songs and digitally record and edit them into a fine CD. Several local Rye adult musicians will be contributing to the album as well. Alex Herlihy and other members of the Rye Historical Society are busy collecting and preparing the songs of the early Searles Rye Brass Band, the early hymns of the congregational church, and lullabies and folk songs passed from generation to generation.
In addition to these old treasures, students are hard at work writing new music for Rye. Our past is filled with colorful stories that are perfect for sharing in song: battles and shipwrecks, soldiers returning to our shores, and happiness and heartbreak in every day.
Look at an old hymnal from the church on the Isles of Shoals.
Click here to see Old Songbooks
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