Chris Barnabei, Charles Thompson, Margaret Folkemer, her parents Stephen and Beth Folkemer, and Chuck Krepley are the musicians in Dearest Home.
Authenticity and Originality in Perfect Harmony
Dearest Home delivers the rare experience of authenticity and originality in perfect harmony! They recreate traditional American music, especially from the Samuel Bayard Collection (PA and WV) and other Appalachian sources, and from the US Civil War Era (in period costume).
Si Kahn, 2010 Folk Alliance Triple Crown winner (#1 Artist, #1 CD, #1 Song) writes about their new album:
If ‘home is where the heart is,’ then the singers and musicians who together make up Dearest Home have clearly poured their hearts into their new self-titled album. Deeply steeped in the traditional music of Pennsylvania, my own home state, they have chosen wisely from their wide repertoire of Civil War songs, Appalachian ballads and fiddle tunes. Singing with passion, skill and the resonant matching of voices that seems born in the blood of next-of-kin, Dearest Home presents us with close harmony in many senses of the phrase, on stage and on CD. In their voices, you can hear the peaks and valleys of the landscape, feel the past and future marching together, and sense the shadows of the mountains.
Like their membership, Dearest Home's music unites generations! Like the band’s membership, Dearest Home’s music unites generations! It features rich vocals, fiddle, concertina, guitar, banjo, bass, piano, mountain dulcimer, pennywhistle, flugelhorn, jaw harp, bones and tambourine.
Tailoring programs to each venue, Dearest Home is known for performing authentic Civil War Era music (in period costume), presenting songs and tunes from the Samuel Bayard Collection (PA and WV), playing a variety of Appalachian music including selections from the Ritchie and Carter Families and other sources, or offering a mix of their varied styles. They delight in playing for dances too! Additionally, they perform related traditional music from Scotland, Ireland and England.
Donna Chestnut, chair of the Fine Arts Series at First Lutheran Church, Carlisle, comments:
Our audience really enjoyed participating in the singing.… We applaud you for your attention to historical detail, your excellent musicianship, and your interaction with the audience…. Your concert was a real gift to our church and the community.
Dearest Home was recently featured on WITF Radio’s Center Stage. Their music is the background for an installation at Gettysburg’s new Seminary Ridge Museum (“Faith and Freedom”). Since forming in 2011, Dearest Home has played and offered workshops for venues including; the Grand Opening of the Seminary Ridge Museum, Gettysburg 150th Civil War Events, Greenwood Furnace Folk Gathering, Appalachian Studies Association Conference, Common Ground on Seminary Ridge, Songs and Stories of a Civil War Hospital, Heart of the Arts Festival, Music, Gettysburg!, Waterford Fair, St. Michael’s Soiree, Seminary Ridge Civil War Symposium, Gettysburg College Library, the Midtown Scholar, Hauser Estate Winery, The Occupation of Mechanicsburg, and other concert series in MD, NY, PA and VA. Visit them at www.reverbnation.com/dearesthome, and www.dearesthome.com, as well as on Facebook, to listen to music, view more information and sign up for updates. They are available for concerts, festivals historical events, reenactments, dances, workshops, weddings, conferences, libraries, schools, restaurants, retirement villages and other venues. Their CD, Dearest Home, is available by mail through contacting firstname.lastname@example.org or visiting www.cdbaby.com/cd/dearesthome, www.itunes.com, www.amazon.com or www.emusic.com.