Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Thursday April 18th at 7:00 pm
With Woody Pringle & Marek Bennett
Musicians Woody Pringle and Marek Bennett present an overview of the American Civil War through the lens of period songs, tunes, and music. Audience members participate and sing along in an energizing forum as we explore lyrics, documents, and visual images from sources such as the Library of Congress. Through camp songs, parlor music, hymns, battlefield rallying cries, and fiddle tunes, we examine the folksong as a means to enact living history, share perspectives, influence public perceptions of events, and simultaneously fuse and conserve cultures in times of change. This dynamic and engaging session features instruments such as banjo, fiddle, dulcimer, accordion, whistle, and guitar, and challenges participants to find new connections between song, art, and politics in American history. New Hampshire native Marek Bennett is an award-winning cartoonist and musician who teaches and performs comics and music at schools and libraries throughout New England and the world beyond. He holds a B.A. in Music (Brown University) and M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction (Keene State College), and is a rostered teaching artist with the NH State Council on the Arts. Woody Pringle is both a musician and educator teaching at many NH colleges and organizations. His credentials include B.A. in Social Science (Johnson State College) and MBA (RensselaerPolytechnic Institute). His music is often aired on NH Public Radio's Folk Show and many radio stations throughout the country. This program is free and open to all thanks to the generosity of the Friends of the Hancock Town Library.