songs of the civil war
the 97 th regimental string band
23 november 2013
Songs of and inspired by the Civil War Era
Dave Norris has been crafting songs all of his life, reflecting the heritage of his southern Maryland region. Born and raised in the historic colonial port town of Chaptico, on the western shore of St. Mary's County, Maryland, his tunes have been recorded by such quality artists as: Blue Highway, The Seldom Scene, IIIrd Tyme Out, Larry Sparks, Valarie Smith & Liberty Pike, Jim Hurst, and Gary Ferguson and Sally Love.
His song The Best Durn Ride, is the title cut of the album by IIIrd Tyme Out on CMG Chateau Records. In 1996 his song Timberline won Nashville's Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at Merlefest, in Wilkesboro, N.C.
He has performed Songwriter Showcases at the IBMA (International Bluegrass Musicians Assoc) in Louisville, Ky., Picker's Supply Songwriter's Night in Fredricksburg, Va., represented Southern Maryland at the Maritime exhibit of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival 2004 in Washington, D.C., and represented St. Mary's County at the Maryland 375th Anniversary Celebration in 2009.
David Norris is one of bluegrass's best songwriters, and he had some great things to share here! If you're really into bluegrass, you've most likely heard at least one of his songs on the radio or at a festival. … He has a way of touching the heart of a story and making you feel like you were right there with just a few sparse verses and a chorus! - New Bluegrass, 30 June 2009.
97th Regimental String Band
The Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War has arrived. They are ready.
Based on the existence of an actual string band of the Civil War Era, the 97th performs 19th Century American popular music. They bring the old-time songs to life for today's family audiences by singing and playing them just like soldiers, sailors and civilians enjoyed them 150 years ago, familiar songs of America's musical heritage.
The music is acoustic: guitar, banjo, fiddle, mandolin, bass fiddle and harmonica – sung in three-part harmony, accompanied with snappy patter and very strong on audience participation.
The band is based in Florida and travels throughout the country, playing at festivals from Florida to California, and at reenactments, living history events and western frontier gatherings from Texas to Minnesota, coast to coast.
Folks at Disney’s Epcot Center, aboard the Delta Queen and American Queen Steamboats and at the Smithsonian’s Museum of American History have caught the spirit from the high style and exuberance of their performances. The 97th Regimental String Band enjoys bringing old-time music to modern audiences, trying their best to “Set Music Back a Hundred Years!”
Mark Luce – rhythm guitar and principal vocalist and harmonies; began playing guitar in the 1980's for his own amusement, dabbling in the banjo as well, to accompany his own singing. He participated musically in community and professional theater productions until devoting his time and efforts in founding the 97th Regimental String Band in 1984.
Craig Wolford – banjo, mandolin, fiddle, vocals and harmonies; Craig played saxophone and clarinet in his high school band. His family has always been musically-inclined so he began playing his grandfather's banjo, then somewhere along the line learned the mandolin, guitar and fiddle. He has traveled the world in the Air Force, singing in church choirs and choruses, playing in various non-professional old-time and bluegrass groups. He joined the 97th Regimental String Band in 2002.
Rick Moock - bass fiddle, harmonicas vocals and harmonies; Rick's musical experiences range from Barbershop chorus and quartet singing, community and school musical shows and reviews, professional theater productions, pit orchestras. As a founding member of the 97th Regimental String Band, he has played exclusively for this group for the past 29 years.
This concert series is presented with financial assistance from the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts.