Wood’s Minstrels

Event Information

Wood's Minstrel Hall

Proprietor / Lessee:
Henry Wood [minstrel]

Price: $.30; .50 reserved

Record Information


Last Updated:
6 June 2016

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

26 Dec 1864, 2:30 PM
26 Dec 1864, 7:30 PM
27 Dec 1864, 7:30 PM
28 Dec 1864, 7:30 PM
29 Dec 1864, 7:30 PM
30 Dec 1864, 7:30 PM
31 Dec 1864, 7:30 PM

Program Details

Performers and/or Works Performed

aka Blockade runner
aka Johnny Schmoker ("Pilly Willy Wink" in refrain.); Pillwillywink Band; Johani Schmoker
aka Going round the horn; Round the horn; Such a gwine [sic] round the horn; Such a going round the horn; In the land;
Composer(s): Brown
Text Author: Brown
aka Uncle Sam's foreign relations; Foreign relations


Advertisement: New York Herald, 25 December 1864, 7.
Announcement: New York Herald, 26 December 1864, 4.

Listed in “Amusements This Evening.”  Matinee.

Advertisement: New York Herald, 30 December 1864, 7.

Some works.  Brower.

Announcement: New York Clipper, 31 December 1864, 302.

WOOD’S MINSTRELS must not be overlooked in making our Christmas visits and New Year calls, for it is at Manager Wood’s delightful place that Negro Minstrelsy can be properly appreciated. At this house we have enjoyed some of the most ludicrous acts ever depicted by a minstrel band; at this house we have listened to some of the most delicious music, and heard some well told jokes. It was here, too, we first heard that serio-comic ballad, the ‘Three Black Crows,’ and speaking of this calls to mind the poem from which the ‘Three Black Crows’ takes its origin. The Ethiopian ballad begins, we think, in this [illeg.]:—

‘There was two crows sat on a tree,

As black as any crows could be;

Says one old crow unto his mate,

What whall we do for bread to eat?

On yonder lot a horse has lain,

Which has been only three days slain;

We’ll light upon his bare backbone

And pick his eyes out one by one.’”

Advertisement: New York Clipper, 31 December 1864, 304.