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Dearest Home / Bio

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’s music is featured in an installation of the internationally acclaimed Seminary Ridge Museum (Civil War, “Faith and Freedom”). They look forward to performing at the Warwick Folk Festival, England, July 2015! Since forming in 2011, 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, Music Gettysburg!, Waterford Fair, St. Michael’s Soiree, Seminary Ridge Civil War Symposium, the Midtown Scholar, Hauser Estate Winery, Songs and Stories of a Civil War Hospital, Gettysburg College Library, other history-related events, and many other concert series 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.
An EP of other Appalachian music is scheduled for a 2015 release.
Dearest Home is Chris Barnabei, Beth, Margaret and Stephen Folkemer, and Chuck Krepley, with frequent guest appearances by Andrew Rosenfeld and Charles Thompson.
Contact Dearst Home at 717.334.4334, 717.253.4889, or info@dearesthome.com. Their official website is www.dearesthome.com.

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 / Appalachian

Contact Info

Gettysburg, PA

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