Sumner Knight Series: The Hardtacks' Civil War Thanksgiving: A Musical Look at "The Great Union Festival"
The Keene Music Festival presents and evening of the music and stories of The Civil War with The Hardtacks at 1:00 PM on Sunday, November 30th at the Sumner Knight Chapel in Keene, NH.
The Keene Music Festival, in collaboration with Keene Parks and Rec, Southwestern Community Services, and The Starving Artist presents a series of concerts at the Sumner Knight Chapel in the Woodland NED Cemetery to help raise money to renovate the chapel. This amazing little venue features music in its natural form. No amplification or sound equipment is used during the show; though on occasion folks do use electric instruments. It's music just as it's always meant to be.
Admission is by donation, and usually around $12 or so; depending on the performers we bring in. All profits go towards renovation and preservation of the Sumner-Knight Chapel. This is a family friendly event that we hope you'll be a part of. Discounts are available with the donation of canned goods for the Keene Community Kitchen, and kids under ten can get in free with the donation of three canned goods.
For you GPS and/or mappy types, the Chapel's address is:
0 Chapel Drive
Keene, NH 03431
This session’s performers are:
The Hardtacks formed in 2012 to perform folk music of the Civil War era for the NH Humanities Council’s “Humanities To Go” programs. Since then, they’ve played at libraries, historical societies, schools, encampments, and other events around New England. From an initial focus on Appalachian banjo & fiddle music (both songs and tunes), the Hardtacks’ repertoire has expanded to include parlor songs, rally cries, spirituals, hymns, bawdy camp parodies, and more. Their wide-ranging programs take inspiration from the participatory culture of the Lyceum movement and several other folk traditions, engaging audiences in immersive explorations of history as a sung, spoken, and lived experience.
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 B.A.s in Music and Mathematics (Brown University) and an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction (Keene State College), and is a rostered teaching artist with the NH State Council on the Arts, Children’s Literacy Foundation, and the Arts Alliance of Northern NH.
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 (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute). His band Bradford Bog People often airs on NH Public Radio’s Folk Show and on many radio stations throughout the country.