July 12, 2020
6:00 PM

Dearest Home

Dearest Home

The rain is expected to end by 5 pm, so the concert will go forward as planned at 6 pm outdoors in Schmucker Grove.


Dearest Home, a favorite of Music, Gettysburg! audiences,will perform an outdoor concert of traditional Appalachian music as well as authentic Civil War Era Music, including Abolitionist songs that advocated for justice and equal treatment of all persons. The hour-long concert, which is free and open to the public, will take place Sunday, July 12 at 6:00 pm in Schmucker Grove, just north of Springs Avenue on the United Lutheran Seminary Campus.  Bring a blanket or lawn chairs, and a picnic dinner!  The concert is cancelled in case of inclement weather – check our website at www.musicgettysburg.org for last minute updates. And because seminary buildings are still closed because of the pandemic, rest rooms will not be available.


Expressive vocals with rich harmonies interweave with sprightly dance tunes, as Dearest Home recreates traditional American music—Appalachian music, especially from the Samuel Bayard Folk Song Collection (PA and WV), and historically authentic US Civil War era music. They sing other great American folk songs, including favorites from Jean Ritchie and the Carter Family! Don’t be 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’s presented in skillful combinations of concertina, dulcimer, fiddle,whistles, guitar, bass, keyboards, and percussion, and with evocative,unaccompanied energy.Passion, skill, and the resonant, next-of-kin matching of voices, in lovingly crafted arrangements,bring traditional Appalachian music of Pennsylvania and northwestern West Virginia to life with authenticity and originality in perfect balance.

Dearest Home performed at the Warwick Folk Festival, England, and the Marymass Festival and Edinburgh’s Wee Folk Club, Scotland, in 2015. Dearest Home’s music is featured in an installation of the internationally acclaimed Seminary Ridge Museum (Civil War, “Faith and Freedom”). Since their 2011 debut, Dearest Home has 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 State University, Music Gettysburg!, Waterford Fair, Civil War Symposium, and many other concert series and 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 to Laurel Hill, their first full volume of treasures from this collection, will be released in October 2015. The band’s CD, Dearest Home, featuring authentic Civil War era music and three tracks of Pennsylvania traditional folk songs, was released on June 30, 2013.Folk Alliance Triple Crown Winner Si Kahn describes the album: If ‘home is where the heart is,’ then the singers and musicians who together make up Dearest Home have clearly poured their hearts into their new self-titled album.Deeply steeped in the traditional music of Pennsylvania, my own home state,they have chosen wisely from their wide repertoire of Civil War songs,Appalachian ballads and fiddle tunes. Singing with passion, skill and the resonant matching of voices that seems born in the blood of next-of-kin,Dearest Home presents us with close harmony in many senses of the phrase, onstage and on CD. In their voices, you can hear the peaks and valleys of the landscape, feel the past and future marching together, and sense the shadows of the mountains.

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