The Hardtacks: Civil War-era Music


November 23, 2014


There have been many commemorations marking the sesquicentennial of the Civil War.  Here is a musical offering right in the Monadnock region: a performance by the Hardtacks of music and stories of the Civil War on Sunday in Keene.

The Hardtacks are Woody Pringle and Marek Bennett, who have been sharing Civil War- era music throughout the New England area for the past two years. The concert is family friendly and interactive - expect an invitation to join in as these musicians lead their audience through parlor and camp songs, spirituals and hymns, and rallying cries.  The instrumentation is as varied as the genres, and include fiddle, dulcimer, whistles, banjo, accordion and guitar.

The concert, brought to you by the Keene Music Festival, will be held at the Sumner Knight Chapel in the Woodland Cemetery (address for GPS or Google maps is 0 Chapel Drive, Keene, NH) from 1:00 – 3:00.  Suggested donation is $10; proceeds go to the renovation and preservation of the Chapel.  Children under ten may bring three non-perishable items for the Keene Community Kitchen in lieu of admission.  For more information about the concert, go to

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