THE MUSIC OF THE CIVIL WAR
This program shares some of the most popular tunes of the Civil War from both sides of the conflict. The music is presented in a chronological format, with the story of each song, and what is happening in the Civil War at the same time. Covers some of the popular patriotic tunes, melancholy ballads of home, and a bit of army humor as well. Shares both music and history with insight to both soldiers and musicians of the period.
THE MUSIC OF THE WOMEN OF THE CIVIL WAR
This program shares the contributions made by women of the period to some of the most popular tunes, the contributions of women as performers, musicians, activists, and writers. Tunes that truly changed the course of American History, and the stories of the women who dedicated their lives to changing the world they lived in at the time.
THE MUSIC OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN
This program shares the music that Abraham Lincoln enjoyed, Lincoln was a passionate music lover, from opera to minstrel music that was popular during his lifetime. Details the interaction of Ward Hill Lamon and Carl Shurz, who played for Lincoln during his time in the White House, includes minstrel tunes, melancholy ballads Lincoln was very fond of, and the popular tunes of the Civil War that became standards at White House concerts.
CIVIL WAR SING ALONG
This presentation is one of complete audience participation. Steve and Lisa will have a list of tunes numbering around forty, and of these tunes, a dozen have the words included. The audience can pick a tune, hear all about it's inspiration and background, and if it is one of the twelve that has the words in the pamphlet, sing along with Steve and Lisa. Includes many of the tunes from the Stephen Foster presentation.
THE MUSIC OF STEPHEN FOSTER
This program details the life and career of Stephen Foster, today known as "The Father of American Music". A cradle to grave presentation telling the stories of some of Fosters most popular tunes, his life, career and decisions that shaped what today is one of the most popular collections of songs written in this country, from minstrel music that started Foster's career to the popular parlor tunes that remained popular deep into the twentieth century.
THE MUSIC OF THE ORIGINAL CARTER FAMILY
This program details the life and recording career of the famous Carter Family, who were part of the "Big Bang" of what today is known as country music. A career that lasted sixteen years, and to this day continues to leave it's mark on American music. From the formation of the trio, their audition at "The Bristol Sessions", to popularity that was seemingly snatched away at the zenith of their career. Learn about the songs, many of which came from the middle of the nineteenth century, and the background and lives of what today is considered one of the most powerful additions to American music in the past one hundred years.
All presentations are performed on period correct instruments, in period correct attire. PA equipment, set up is also included. All presentations are approximately fifty to sixty minutes long, but easily shortened or lengthened.