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Passen to bring songs of Civil War

Sounds of hammered dulcimer will enhance inspiring music during Aug. 15 presentation

Published: Tuesday, July 16, 2013 2:20 p.m. CDT

Few musicians play the hammered dulcimer. Fewer still sing while accompanying themselves on this fascinating instrument, whose name means “beautiful song.”

Phil Passen does both.

The hammered dulcimer was popular in the United States during the Civil War, and music of that era seems right at home played on this unique instrument. 

Many tunes and songs in the“Tramp, Tramp, Tramp:  Music of the Civil War on Hammered Dulcimer” program are still familiar today, such as “When Johnny Comes Marching Home;” “Home, Sweet Home;” “The Battle Hymn of the Republic;”  and “Tramp, Tramp, the Boys are Marching.” 

Others such as “Lorena;” “Lincoln and Liberty;” “The Battle Cry of Freedom;” “The Marching Song of the First Arkansas Regiment;” “Shiloh Hill;” and “John Brown’s Dream” are less familiar but just as beautiful, rousing and inspiring.

This fascinating program of historical music will take place at 6 p.m. Thursday, August 15 at the Morris Area Public Library.

“Tramp, Tramp, Tramp:  Music of the Civil War on Hammered Dulcimer” by Phil Passen presents the music of the Civil War the way participants experienced it.

CDs will be on sale at the program. 

This program is free and open to the public. Register now by calling (815) 942-6880 or stop in to the library. 

The Morris Area Public Library is located at 604 Liberty Street in Morris.

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