Dearest Home Band Brings Traditional American Music to Seminary Ridge July 3rd

Written by jspangler on June 27, 2016

Music, Gettysburg! presents the five-member Dearest Home Band playing an outdoor concert Sunday evening, July 3rd at 6pm, idearesthome2013web2n the Schmucker Grove near Seminary Ridge and Springs Avenue.

Dearest Home has been “the soundtrack” of the festivities surrounding the opening of the Seminary Ridge Museum since before the 150th anniversary season. Expect to tap your toes and sing and clap along!

The concert, which will take place on the Hill-Unger Performance Platform between Valentine Hall and the Schmucker House, is free and open to the public. Those attending are invited to bring chairs, blankets and picnic on the lawn during the approximately 90-minute concert. In case of inclement weather, the event will take place in the Gettysburg Seminary chapel on Seminary Ridge.

Dearest Home delivers musical authenticity in perfect harmony! They recreate traditional American music: Appalachian songs and tunes, especially songs and tunes from Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Virginia, as well as crowd favorites from the Carter Family and Jean Ritchie, plus gems from U.S. Civil War era, including songs to celebrate Independence Day weekend. Rich vocals blend with fiddle, concertina, guitar, bass, piano, mountain dulcimer, pennywhistle, and percussion. Stephen, Beth and Margaret Folkemer, Chris Barnabei and Chuck Krepley also offer related traditional music from Scotland, Ireland and England. Their music, like the five band members, spans generations. Dearest Home musicians also perform with other groups such as Celtic bands Cormorant’s Fancy and Across the Pond, and Home Front. Learn more at: and on



I had no idea that such a superb choral group existed in the Gettysburg area.

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