Civil War songs sung at Hancock library, April 18

“Rally ’Round the Flag: The American Civil War in Folksong” with Woody Pringle and Marek Bennett will be held at the Hancock Town Library on April 18 at 7 p.m.

Musicians Woody Pringle and Marek Bennett will present an overview of the American Civil War through the lens of period songs, tunes, and music with audience participation.

Through camp songs, parlor music, hymns, battlefield rallying cries, and fiddle tunes, the folksong is examined as a means to enact living history, share perspectives, influence public perceptions of events, and simultaneously fuse and conserve cultures in times of change.

This session features instruments such as banjo, fiddle, dulcimer, accordion, whistle, and guitar, and challenges participants to find new connections between song, art, and politics in American history.

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 beyond. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in music and Master of Education in curriculum and instruction, and is a rostered teaching artist with the N.H. State Council on the Arts.

Woody Pringle is both a musician and educator teaching at many New Hampshire colleges and organizations. His holds Bachelor of Arts in social science and Master of Business Administration. His music is often aired on N.H. Public Radio’s Folk Show and many radio stations throughout the country.

This program is free and open to all thanks to the generosity of the Friends of the Hancock Town Library.

For more information, call 525-4411.

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