Dearest Home
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Dearest Home

Carlisle, Pennsylvania, United States | SELF

Carlisle, Pennsylvania, United States | SELF
Band Americana Folk


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Currently recording--album will be released this summer.



Authenticity & Originality in Perfect Harmony!
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Dearest Home delivers the rare experience of authenticity & originality in perfect harmony! They recreate traditional American music, especially from the Samuel Bayard Collection (PA & WV) and other Appalachian sources, & from the US Civil War Era (in period attire). Additionally they offer related traditional music from Scotland, Ireland & England. They feature rich vocals, fiddle, concertina, guitar, bass, piano, mountain dulcimer, pennywhistle, bones and tambourine. Tailoring programs to each venue, Dearest Home is known for performing authentic Civil War Era music, centering on folk songs collected in PA and WV, playing a varied Appalachian music program , or presenting a mix of genres. They delight in playing for dances too! Like their membership, their music unites the generations! Since forming in 2011, Dearest Home has played for venues including the Greenwood Furnace Folk Gathering, Songs and Stories of a Civil War Hospital, Common Ground on Seminary Ridge, Heart of the Arts Festival, Appalachian Studies Association Conference, Waterford Fair, St. Michael’s Soiree, Seminary Ridge Civil War Symposium, Fine Arts Series (Frederick, MD), Gettysburg College, Hauser Estate Winery, Midtown Scholar, & Resurrection Lutheran Church (Arlington, VA).. Their music is featured at the Seminary Ridge Museum. Visit them at as well as on Facebook to listen to music, for more information, & to sign up for updates. They're available for concerts, festivals, historical events, dances, workshops, weddings, conferences, libraries, schools, restaurants & other venues.

The members of Dearest Home have been performing together in four other groups: Folk and Friends formed in 2000 around the ongoing Candlelight at Christ Church - Songs and Stories of a Civil War Hospital series, Margaret, Chuck, Stephen & Beth are current members of Celtic band Cormorant’s Fancy,, performing since 2003, & the Folkemers, with Joel and Nathan, played & taught as Folkemer Family Band, specializing music from the Samuel Bayard Collection, as well as traditional music from North America, Britain & Ireland. Charles & the Folkemers perform together in the Schola Cantorum of Gettysburg (choir), focusing on works through the time of Bach.

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