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Dearest Home
Authenticity and Originality in Perfect Harmony
“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.”
Si Kahn, 2010 Folk Alliance Triple Crown winner: #1 Artist, #1 CD, #1 Song
Dearest Home delivers the rare experience of authenticity and originality in perfect harmony! They recreate traditional American music, especially from the US Civil War Era (in period costume), the Samuel Bayard Folk Song Collection (PA and WV), and other Appalachian music. Additionally, they offer related traditional music from Scotland, Ireland and England. They feature rich vocals, fiddle, concertina, guitar, bass, piano, mountain dulcimer, pennywhistle, flugelhorn, jaw harp, bones and tambourine. Tailoring programs to each venue, Dearest Home is known for performing authentic Civil War Era music, presenting programs of Appalachian music including songs and tunes from PA and WV, the Ritchie and Carter Families and other sources, or playing a mix of their varied styles. They delight in playing for dances too!
Like their membership, Dearest Home’s music unites the generations! Their music is featured in an installation of the Seminary Ridge Museum (Civil War, “Faith and Freedom”). Since forming in 2011, Dearest Home has played for venues including; the Grand Opening of the Seminary Ridge Museum, Gettysburg 150th Civil War Events, Greenwood Furnace Folk Gathering, Common Ground on Seminary Ridge, Songs and Stories of a Civil War Hospital, Heart of the Arts Festival, Appalachian Studies Association Conference, Music, Gettysburg!, Waterford Fair, St. Michael’s Soiree, Seminary Ridge Civil War Symposium, Gettysburg College Library, the Midtown Scholar, Hauser Estate Winery, The Occupation of Mechanicsburg/Skirmish at Sporting Hill, and other concert series in MD, NY, PA and VA. Visit them at www.reverbnation.com/dearesthome, and dearesthome.com, as well as on Facebook, to listen to music, view more information and sign up for updates. They are available for concerts, festivals, historical events, reenactments, dances, workshops, weddings, conferences, libraries, schools, restaurants, retirement villages and other venues. Their CD, Dearest Home, featuring authentic Civil War music and three tracks of Pennsylvania traditional songs, was released on June 30, 2013! It is available at all shows, with online purchase and downloads on cdbaby.com. Currently they are recording additional songs from the Bayard Collection and other American traditions.

General Info

Band Members
Chris Barnabei, Margaret, Beth and Stephen Folkemer, Chuck Krepley and Charles Thompson
Artist Name
Dearest Home
Home Page
Active Since
Folk / Civil War Era Music / American Traditional/Appalachian

Contact Info

Gettysburg, PA

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