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March 11 -
Public Library, Guilderland, NY
2-3:30 P.M.
June 2 -
Springfield, MA
July 7 -
Masonic Hall,
Troy, NY
July 14-15 -
Putnam County
CW Encampment,
Carmel, NY
July 21-22 -
Grant Cottage
Mt.McGregor, NY
July 28 -
Greene County
Youth Fair,
Cairo, NY
August 4 -
Windham Concert,
Windham, NY
August 11 -
Saugerties, NY
Olana State
Historic Site,
Hudson, NY
1 p.m.
Hill - Hold Museum
Civil War Ladies
Montgomery, NY
7 P.M.
September 1 -
Gettysburg Music

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New CD Captures
Live Performance

Our next CD release captures all of the excitement of an 1860 Lincoln campaign rally, inspiring music of the Balladeers with special guests, choral singing, memorable Lincoln speeches, a dedication song to Women of the Civil War period and audience sing-a-long. The Windham Civic Center on the evening of August 12, 2000 was packed with men, women and children in period attire, song books in hand. Everyone in attendance was touched by the lyrics of the songs and the melodies of the tunes that filled the concert hall. We want to thank our recording engineer, Charlie Eble of Woods End Studio, Civil War Heritage Foundation, Larry Thompkins, Carol Spear and the concert audience for their help in making the recording.

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Hutchinson Singers
Revival Project

The 1840s represent a watershed in the history of American music and culture. Perhaps no other singing group dominated the concert circuit more than the popular middle-class minstrels known as the Hutchinson Family Singers. They sang about rural life, abolition, temperance, politics, war and women’s suffrage. They sang to packed concert halls throughout the Notheastern United States. They performed for Henry Clay, Frederick Douglas and President Lincoln. They also graced the stage throughout the Capital District region raising their voices in Albany, Saratoga Springs, Ballston Spa and at the Morris Place Concert Hall in Troy. The Morris Place Concert Hall was located at Congress Street between Second and Third Street. The Hutchinsons toured as common farmers turned respectable performers and their music stressed idealism, social reform, equal rights, philanthropic idealism, spiritualism, moral improvement, community activism and patriotism. After an 1843 appearance in New York City at the famous Tabernacle Concert Hall critics hailed the quartet as the first new thing on the musical landscape. The group’s signature song “The Old Granite State” proclaimed them as friends of emancipation. They popularized their songs by combining their lyrics with familiar melodies. Jesse Hutchinson’s songs “Lincoln & Liberty”, Lincoln’s 1860 campaign song and “Get Off The Track” an

anti-slavery song were written to the tunes of “Old Rosin the Beau” and “Old Dan Tucker” respectively. The career of the Hutchinsons spanned the major social and political movements of the mid-nineteenth century including the Civil War. During a series of concerts they also introduced the popular war song, “The Battle Cry of Freedom” by George F. Root, and their sponsorship had made it an immediate success. The Hutchinson Family Singers established an impressive musical legacy. They were the forerunners of the great protest singers/songwriters/ folk groups of the nineteen fifties and sixties.

John C. Quinn with support from the Milford Historical Society and New Hampshire Writer’s Project is writing a Hutchinson Songster with a companion music CD. For more information call 518-734-5655.

To the left is a photo of the Hutchinson Family Singers. John Hutchinson is on the left. Henry Hutchinson is in the center standing. Their sister Viola is on the right. A second sister, Abby, also performed with the group. They sang in the camps of the Army of the Potomac.

A Few Interesting
Asa Hutchinson sang frequently with Walter Kittredge who was known as the Minstrel of the Merrimack. Kitteredge composed “Tenting On The Old Camp Ground”

The Hutchinsons popularized Kittredge’s gem of a song. They gave the first public performance of the song at High Rock in Lynn, MA in the summer of 1863.

Source : Walter Kittredge Minstrel of the Merrimack by George Calvin Carter, 1953.
J.E.B Stuart - Musicians’ Friend

It would be difficult, if not impossible, to find a Civil War soldier who loved music more than Confederate Major General J.E.B. Stuart. Even in the heat of battle with shells bursting around him and mini balls whistling by his head, Stuart frequently sang, hummed or whistled. He was the only officer known to have his own banjo player, Sam Sweeney, who constantly serenaded him while in camp or on march. Stuart even named his horse “My Maryland”. Some of his favorite songs were Lorena, Home Sweet Home and Kathleen Mavourneen. (Source: Wayne Erbsen, Rousing Songs and True Tales of the Civil War)

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2001 CD Release

We are still in the studio mixing our next album. We are very excited about recording the audience singing along with us. We know this will be a wonderful and moving production when it is completed this coming June.


“ Thanks for getting us back here after so many years. Your program was unique and we enjoyed every minute. Loved the harp -so peaceful. O’ Holy Nightwas so special” Bette & Ray Osborn, East Jewett, NY
Chesapeake-Virginia Encampment
1860 Lincoln Campaign Posters

The 77th New York Regimental Balladeers were honored to perform at the 8th Annual Civil War Days encampment sponsored by the Chesapeake Central Library. This event is one of the biggest Civil War encampments on the east coast. The entire Chesapeake community was involved in the event. The two day program included artillery demonstrations, school of the soldier, period music, children’s crafts, cavalry demonstrations, book signings and an ice cream social. Phyllis Scherle, Entertainment Coordinator, sent us the following note after our appearance in the main tent on September 9, 2000. The note is dated 9/26/2000. “I want to thank the balladeers once again for the fantastic performance you gave here. I really enjoyed meeting and talking to all of the band before and after the concert. It was nice to get to know the people behind the music. Hearing you perform was an absolute delight. Your music is full of passion and along with the letter readings and staging of the meeting between Grant and Lee truly gave the audience a look at the emotions and drama of the era. It was very moving and also a lot of fun. We had a great time. The mug you gave me is proudly displayed on my desk. I know we will want to have you back for a future Civil War Days Program. Please stay in touch. Warm regards.” Thanks Phyllis, Rhonda Riddick & Martha Cole for your hospitality and professionalism. Chesapeake is a great community!

Balladeer Sharon Quinn conducts a children’s art workshop at the Chesapeake Central Library prior to our Saturday evening concert. The art room was alive with creativity as both children and parents worked on their 1860 Lincoln campaign posters. The posters were carried and waved by the children at the show tent that evening to begin the Balladeers’ performance with the singing of “Lincoln & Liberty”.

Olana State Historic Site Victorian
Christmas Ensemble

Balladeers John Quinn and Joe Prusch celebrated an Olana White Christmas in true Victorian style. Joe and his sister Anna are seated in the center of the photo. The other members of the ensemble are from left to right Susan Coughtry, Gisella Montanez-Case, John Albert, Bill Lonecke and standing behind them is Kevin Umhey and Jennifer Wells. We return to Olana on August 18, 2001.

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Visit the Milford Historical Society at 6 Union Street, Milford, New Hampshire. They hold an open house from 2-4 p.m. on the second weekend of every month. Of special interest is the Hutchinson Room & Civil War memorabilia. Call 603-673-3385 for more information.

While visiting Antietam National Battlefield Park, Sharpsburg, Maryland stop by the following locations to check out Civil War Memorabilia, Victorian Craft items & our music.

The Sharpsburg Arsenal
101 West Main Street
Sharpsburg, MD 21782

Town Square Emporium
100 East Main Street
Sharpsburg, MD 21782

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While on tour we meet many Civil War reenactors and history buffs. They often talk about their interest in the music of the period and their favorite songs. In Greenville, New York this past summer Fred Osmun from Bradenton, Florida asked us if we knew a song titled, “Green Backs on Pay Day.” According to Fred the song is arranged to a tune called “The Floating Scow of Old Virginia.” Needless to say we didn’t have a clue. Fred had stumped the band. We asked him to send us the lyrics and told him we’d share the song with our readers. Mr.Osmun would like us to record it should we ever happen to come across the proper tune for it. If you can help us give John Quinn a call at 518-734-5655 or e-mail him at Thanks Fred for sharing!

Note: a soldier’s pay was commonly tardy sometimes more than six months late. Privates only received thirteen dollars a month during most of the war. However tardy and paltry the pay, Yanks were glad to receive it. One soldier irreverently opined that “ a paymasters arrival will produce more joy in camp than is said to have been produced in heaven over the one sinner that repenteth.” (Source: The Life of Billy Yank by Bell Irvin Wiley, 1952)

Green Backs On Pay Day

Our troubles are o’er;
We’ve got our pay from Uncle Sam
Which we should have had before
We suffered much for want of it
while others I dare say,
Have suffered more for those Green Backs
Which we have got today.
Oh; we’ll keep a little and send the rest
to loved ones far away
We left sweet home with all it’s charms
We left our kindred near
And donned the soldier’s uniform
With all it’s glittering gear
We bid our friends a long farewell
In Dixie’s land to stay
And promised them a few Green Backs
When we should get our pay.
We eat our scanty rations here
Without marry red
While now and then a tear would fall
Upon our daily bread
While health and strength were failing fast
And friends died far away
In want of some of those Green Backs
Which we have got today.

We done our duty and while in camp
We toiled with ax and spade
Beneath old Dixie’s southern sky
Without one tree or shade
While drunkards held important posts
And traitors led the way
Which kept us from those old Green Backs
Which we got today.


And when we got an old Green Back
To town we could not go
Unless our hair was cropped off short
And whiskers trimmed just so
Our letters went as “soldiers letters”
We sent such every day We could not use a
three cent stamp the postage to pre-pay.


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A Special Thank You To All of Our 2000 Concert Sponsors. We value your support and look forward to another concert appearance soon!

2000 Concert Sponsors
U.S. Grant National Memorial

Old Stone Fort Museum

Schoharie Crossing Historic Site

Putnam County Civil War

Heart of Catskills Bicentennial

Windham Civic Center

Gettysburg National Battlefield

125th NYVI Encampment

Kingston Senate House State
Historic Site
Chesapeake Civil War Days

Martin Van Buren Historic Site

Newtown Battlefield Civil War
Education Day

Round Lake Auditorium

Troy Masonic Hall Encampment

Brookside Museum

Washington County Historical

Balsam Shade Resort

Olana State Historic Site

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