The Music of World War I

Wednesday October 23  at 7:00 pm

Ramblin’ Richard will share music and songs of the WWI era 

Ramblin' Richard



Richard Kruppa, known musically as “Ramblin’ Richard,” performs songs folks love to hear and fondly remember.  Along with singing these memorable “family friendly” songs, he tells fascinating stories.   The songs span many years and include beloved and familiar songs from the pens of America’s best songwriters, along with music from Broadway, motion pictures, and some traditional folk, old-timey, Gospel, blues, campfire, and patriotic tunes, as well.  In addition, he features songs about New Hampshire and by our state’s best songwriters. He accompanies himself on acoustic instruments including guitar, 5-string banjo, and baritone ukulele.  His stories relate to the songs- how they came to be, what was happening in the world when they were popular, and what they dealt with that may not be apparent.  The stories are told in an interesting, “The rest of the story” manner.

The Friends of the South Berwick Public Library and Old Berwick Historical Society are sponsoring this concert in conjunction with “How Ya Gonna Keep ‘Em Down on the Farm: Music that South Berwick Played 100 Years Ago” current OBHS display in the library.

A retired professor, “Ramblin’ Richard” establishes an especially relaxed, comfortable, and casual rapport with his audiences.   A member of the New England Foundation for the Arts, he studied American folk and Gospel music and performs more than 300 shows each year to audiences of all ages and interests.  A seasoned musician, he was in a group that opened for the Beach Boys and the Lettermen.  Recently the Seacoast, New Hampshire musician shared the stage with Freddie “Boom Boom” Canon, provided music for the sound track of a motion picture, and recently contributed to a Christmas holiday CD: “Christmas My Way,” and has performed a special music and stories program for the New Hampshire Humanities Council’s “Humanities Fair.”

hard also performs with several bands, one of which was named “Best of NH” by New Hampshire Magazine and “Readers Choice” by the New Hampshire Union Leader.  He has been seen with the Bel Airs on WMUR’s “New Hampshire Chronicle” every year starting in 2011.