Wednesday, September 14, 2011

2011 civil war re-enachment in angelica

CIVIL WAR-era Music for Angelica’s Civil War Re-enactment Weekend

On Fri. Sept 23rd:  ALLEN HOPKINS makes Civil War music on period instruments

On Sat. Sept 24th:   RAY & SUE perform beautiful melodies of the 19th Century

Sue Tennenbaum
Ray Baumier

Allen Hopkins

            In keeping with the spirit of Angelica’s CIVIL WAR RE-ENACTMENT and ENCAMPMENT taking place throughout the historic village Sept. 23-25, Black-Eyed Susan Acoustic Café (22 W. Main St., Angelica) has engaged some fine musicians to perform music of era.
             On Friday, Sept 23rd, the café presents ALLEN HOPKINS of Rochester, NY. A full-time musician, Allen’s Civil War program includes songs written by people on both sides of the conflict. He’ll deftly play guitar, banjo, concertina, perhaps some mandolin and harmonica, and sing. Plus, Allen will discuss with the audience the historical significance of the music he’s playing.
            Allen has opened for several national acts, including Doc Watson, David Bromberg, Gordon Bok and Andy Stewart. He has been heard at the New England Folk Festival (18 years); Turtle Hill Folk Festival (Rochester)(36 years); and Genesee Country Village Museum (35 years). To learn more, visit

            On Saturday, Sept 24th, the café presents RAY & SUE for an evening of beautiful melodies of the 19th century.  Ray Baumler of Chili, NY hosts the radio show "A VARIETY OF FOLK" Saturday mornings over 88.5 WRUR-FM Rochester and 90.1 WITH-FM Ithaca. For the past eight years he’s also performed with Sue Tennenbaum (also of Chili) as RAY & SUE, making music with their voices, guitars, flute and pennywhistle.
            RAY & SUE play traditional and contemporary folk music, enjoying the beautiful melodies of earlier times and putting harmonies together. Their music is influenced by Pete Seeger, The Weavers and Harry Belafonte, and they’ve performed at Genesee Country Village, the Greece Historical Society, Park Ave. Fest and the Turtle Hill Folk Festival.  Learn more about them at

            Proprietor Don Ash remarks, “The Civil War was a turbulent time in American history. Our building was approximately thirty years old when the war raged. I imagine what the residents felt during those years. Did they have loved ones serving in the Union army? I’m sure they waited eagerly for news from battlefields. Join us for Civil War living history through music.”

            Both shows run from 7:30-9:30 p.m. There is no cover charge, but guests are expected to contribute to the musician’s tip jar.  For more information, please visit or phone 585-466-3399.