Start with rich vocals and spritely tunes—traditional Appalachian music or authentic Civil War music in period costume, Old Time music and folk songs from PA and WV. Add music of Jean Ritchie, the Carter Family and Celtic tunes, plus dance sets to the possibilities! Include banjo, concertina, dulcimer, fiddle, whistles, guitar, bass, piano, percussion, vocals. Si Kahn writes:
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…. You can hear the peaks and valleys of the landscape, feel the past and future marching together, and sense the shadows of the mountains.
Gettysburg is probably the best place for a Civil War era band to be located, and Dearest Home is the best of the breed. They present a bunch of very familiar tunes -- North and South, patriotic and tear jerkers. But they also add in some results of their own research into Pennsylvania folk music of the 19th century. Talk about roots! Throw in great voices, period instruments, and an ability to play in an amphitheater or a parlor, and you've got a winning combination! Music, Gettysburg! has presented them for years at our summer, outside performance area, and they're always a hit!
Response from Dearest Home:
We greatly appreciate your support and all you do for the Music, Gettysburg concert series. It's the premier series Central Pennsylvania, and we're honored to perform in it!
The ensemble's tagline--"Authenticity & Originality in Perfect Harmony" accurately captures their performance for us. The members are accomplished and knowledgeable artists. They are a pleasure to work with.
Expressive vocals with rich, next-of-kin 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 (in period costume). They sing other great American folk songs, including favorites from Jean Ritchie and the Carter Family, Southern Appalachia and the Ozarks! Don’t be surprised when they share a related tune from Scotland, Ireland, or England. Passion for these traditions shines in every note! They present a wide array of workshops, and they delight in playing for dances! They are skilled and thought provoking keynoters for corporate events. They are adept at playing joyfully and romantically at weddings, and can even provide clergy!
Folk Alliance Triple Crown Winner Si Kahn describes our music:
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, on stage 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.
Past Booked Events
|September 28, 2017 • 10:30am - 5:00pm||Festival|
Influences & Inspiration
The Carter Family, Jean Ritchie, Alison Krauss, Sheila Kay Adams, Old Crow Medicine Show, Bascom Lamar Lunsford, Second South Carolina String Band, Atwater Donnelly, Sara Grey, Kieron Means, Samuel P. Bayard, David Ruch, Cormorant's Fancy, Karan Casey, Emily Smith, Boys of the Lough, Paul McKenna Band
Dearest Home is happy to play acoustically, work with your sound engineer, or provide our own sound amplification equipment. A grounded electrical outlet is required for use of our sound equipment.