Plum Run performs songs of the Civil War at Riverview Estates Feb. 24, 2012

Riverview Estates at 303 Bank Avenue in Riverton will host the Historical Society of Riverton’s February program on Friday, February 24, at 7:00 p.m.  Songs of the Civil War: History and Myth is a lively and engaging musical history program featuring Plum Run with Lisa Godino and Chuck Winch. 

This free concert is part of an ongoing series of HSR history programs to commemorate the American Civil War Sesquicentennial honoring the legacy of freedom, unity and sacrifice shared by our nation during the last 150 years. The public is welcome to attend the free concert by calling Gerald Weaber at 856-786-6961 to reserve a seat.

Plum Run’s entertaining and informative performance brings to life the spirit and sensibilities of the Civil War era.  They play reproduction and period musical instruments while wearing authentic 19th century attire.  Their music, rich in storytelling culture, incorporates folk, bluegrass, and old-time and traditional country music.  During the question and answer period after the performance, the instruments will be on display.

The Positive Press Community Calendar, a piece in the Gaslight News, and posters displayed around town all beckon to HSR members and the public to come in to get out of the cold on Friday night February 24 and enjoy this warmhearted entertainment among friends.

Chuck’s great grandfather fought at the Battle of Gettysburg, and Lisa is a Civil War re-enactor with the 2nd South Carolina, Valley Division. Their repertoire includes both songs of the mid-19th century and original compositions drawn from their album titled “No Longer Gray or Blue” which tells stories of how soldiers may have felt in the time of war and the yearning of their families for their loved ones.

Here’s another link to a Plum Run performance of a song called Iverson’s Pit dedicated to the 23rd North Carolinians. Hearing the pair play this song with such genuine flair and vocalize those powerful, sometimes mournful, lyrics so expressively is, to me, like listening to a history lesson set to music.  I absolutely recommend that you attend this free public performance at the former Baptist Home on Bank Avenue by the River in Riverton.

This performance by Plum Run marks the second year of Sesquicentennial events sponsored by the Historical Society of Riverton.  This past October, Jane Peters Estes lectured on the topic, “Gettysburg: Where Were the Women?” and in July 2011, a three-day exhibition at the Burlington County Farm profiled the lives of Riverton Civil War veterans.

Please join us on February 24th for a truly unique musical history program.  The public is welcome to attend the free performance. Call Gerald Weaber at 856-786-6961 to reserve a seat.  Free refreshments will follow the program, courtesy of Riverview Estates.

This program is funded by the Horizons Speakers Bureau of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.  – JM

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