Dearest Home band to be featured at “Common Ground on Seminary Ridge,” Saturday, July 21

The Dearest Home band will accompany the “Common Ground on Seminary Ridge” event on Saturday, July 21, 2012. From noon until 11:00pm, Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg will be the site for the first Common Ground experience organized by the long-running traditional arts festival “Common Ground on the Hill” at McDaniel College in Westminster, Md. The Seminary event will include workshops on Civil War-era hymns and songs. Attendees at the hymn workshop will be invited to sing along with hymns from the Revival, Spiritual, Shape-Note and Mainline traditions. 

Dearest Home will also lead participants in singing songs that were popular at home, including songs by Foster, Root, Tucker and Work as well as some set to traditional tunes. At 7:30pm, at historic Christ Lutheran Church, 30 Chambersburg Street in Gettysburg, Dearest Home will perform for the Songs and Stories of a Civil War Hospital program. Following the Civil War hospital program, they will accompany a Civil War Period dance in the church’s education building. Well-known callers Briant and Karin Bohleke will lead the dancers.

Dearest Home delivers authenticity in perfect harmony. In period attire, they recreate traditional American music, especially from the Samuel Bayard Collection (Pa. and W.V.) and other Appalachian sources, and from the U.S. Civil War era. Stephen, Beth and Margaret Folkemer, Chris Barnabei and Mike Paul also offer related traditional music from Scotland, Ireland and England with rich vocals, fiddle, concertina, guitar, bass, piano, mountain dulcimer, pennywhistle, and tambourine. The music, like the five band members, spans generations. Dearest Home musicians also perform with other groups such as Celtic band Cormorant’s Fancy, The Second South Carolina String Band, Folk and Friends, and Folkemer Family Band. Since forming Dearest Home in 2011, they have played for venues including St. Michael’s Soiree, Songs and Stories of a Civil War Hospital, Heart of the Arts Festival, Appalachian Studies Association Conference, Waterford Fair, Midtown Scholar and the GARMA First Friday series.

Learn more about the band Dearest Home at and on Facebook. For more schedule information about Common Ground on Seminary Ridge, visit For information about the Common Ground on the Hill Festival, visit


More information about Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg  is available at the Seminary’s web site: , by email at, or by calling (717) 334-6286.    


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