Dearest Home, a favorite of Music, Gettysburg! audiences,will perform an outdoor concert of Appalachian and Civil War era music onSunday, June 30 at 6:00 pm. The concert,which is free and open to the public, will take place, weather permitting, inSchmucker Grove, just north of Springs Avenue on the United Lutheran SeminaryCampus. In case of inclement weather,the concert will take place in the Seminary chapel at 147 Seminary Ridge,Gettysburg.
Expressive vocals with rich harmonies interweave with sprightlydance tunes, as Dearest Home recreates traditional American music—Appalachianmusic, especially from the Samuel Bayard Folk Song Collection (PA and WV), andhistorically authentic US Civil War era music. They sing other great Americanfolk songs, including favorites from Jean Ritchie and the Carter Family! Don’tbe surprised when they share a related tune from Scotland, Ireland, or England.Passion for these traditions shines in every note!
Like the band itself, Dearest Home’s music unites the generations! It’spresented in skillful combinations of banjo, concertina, dulcimer, fiddle,whistles, guitar, bass, keyboards, percussion, and flugelhorn, or withevocative, unaccompanied energy. Passion,skill, and the resonant, next-of-kin matching of voices, in lovingly craftedarrangements, bring traditional Appalachian music of Pennsylvania andnorthwestern West Virginia to life with authenticity and originality in perfectbalance.
Dearest Home performed at the Warwick Folk Festival, England, and the MarymassFestival and Edinburgh’s Wee Folk Club, Scotland, in 2015. Dearest Home’s musicis featured in an installation of the internationally acclaimed Seminary RidgeMuseum (Civil War, “Faith and Freedom”). Since their 2011 debut, Dearest Homehas played for venues including the Grand Opening of the Seminary Ridge Museum,Appalachian Studies Association Conference, Greenwood Furnace Folk Gathering,Common Ground on Seminary Ridge, Heart of the Arts Festival, Penn StateUniversity, Music Gettysburg!, Waterford Fair, St. Michael’s Soiree, Civil WarSymposium, the Midtown Scholar, Hauser Estate Winery, Songs and Stories of aCivil War Hospital, Gettysburg College Library, and many other concert seriesand history-related events in MD, NY, PA and VA.
Dearest Home released Songs from Laurel Hill,six tracks from the Samuel Bayard Folksong Collection, in March 2015. Back toLaurel Hill, their first full volume of treasures from this collection, will bereleased in October 2015. The band’s CD, Dearest Home, featuring authenticCivil War era music and three tracks of Pennsylvania traditional folk songs,was released on June 30, 2013. Folk Alliance Triple Crown Winner Si Kahndescribes the album: If ‘home is where the heart is,’ then the singers andmusicians who together make up Dearest Home have clearly poured their heartsinto their new self-titled album. Deeply steeped in the traditional music ofPennsylvania, my own home state, they have chosen wisely from their widerepertoire of Civil War songs, Appalachian ballads and fiddle tunes. Singingwith passion, skill and the resonant matching of voices that seems born in theblood of next-of-kin, Dearest Home presents us with close harmony in manysenses of the phrase, on stage and on CD. In their voices, you can hear thepeaks and valleys of the landscape, feel the past and future marching together,and sense the shadows of the mountains.