The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #8916   Message #56400
Posted By: Banjer
30-Jan-99 - 07:10 AM
Thread Name: Songs of the American Civil War
Subject: RE: Songs of the American Civil War
Being a Civil War reenactor for the past eight years and having an interest in Old Time Music has exposed me to many forms of music of that era. Soldiers would play around camp any instrument that they could find. We have had some strange experiences with musical efforts. One year at the Battle of Olustee in Florida the Saturday evening ball was hosted by the Eighth Georgia Brass Band. Most reenactors love doing a "Virginia Reel", usually accompanied by a lively tune on fiddle, mandolin, banjo and guitar. What fun(?) we had trying to do a reel to the oompah-pahs of a tuba. Just not quite the same....My personal favorite band is the 97th Pennsylvania Regimental String Band. They can be reached at (727)391-4565. They have about eight cassettes or CD's of various music of the period. If you get a chance go to a reenactment near you and listen. Most reenactments feature music of some kind.