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Bob Welch Civil War Music CD's Now Available from CD Baby.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

I perform around 75-100 Songs of the Civil War programs each year for schools, libraries, historical societies, senior communities, Civil War reenactments and special events. The program of music, history and storytelling is designed to entertain and inform audiences of all ages. I've also recorded six CD's of Civil War era music. I hope you will check out song samples at CD Baby.

​The music is also available for download from itunes. 


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Occupation: Musician/Historian/Storyteller

My Instruments:
Deering Goodtime Classic Special Openback w/Planetary tuners
Eric Prust Custom Tackhead

Favorite Bands/Musicians:
Allison Krauss & Union Station, Ron Block, Tony Trischka, Jerry Douglas, Tim O'Brien, Emmylou Harris, Patty Loveless, Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan, Tony Rice, Bela Fleck,The Beatles and most of the music from the 50's & 60's.

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Bob Welch "Songs of the Civil War" CD's are now available from CD Baby. Downloads also available on itunes. Bob has recorded six CDs of Civil War era music. "The Ballad of Jennie Wade (and Songs of the Civil War" "The Sharpsburg Letter (and More Songs of the Civil War") "Shiloh's Bell (and Songs of the North and South") "Dear friends and gentle hearts...The Songs of Stephen Foster and the Civil War" "Let Us Cross Over the River" "Songs and Stories of the Civil War For Kids" CDs are available at all performances. The new 2010 program is subtitled, "Songs of the Civil War-Johnny Reb and Billy Yank." The first half of the program has me in the uniform of a Union soldier singing songs associated with the Union, such as The Battle Cry of Freedom and Battle Hymn of the Republic, etc. Billy Yank tells interesting, sometimes humorous stories involving General Grant, General Sherman, Lincoln, etc. After a quick uniform change, the program continues with Johnny Reb. In Confederate attire I perform rebel favorites including The Bonnie Blue Flag and Dixie, while telling some fascinating stories involving General Lee, Stonewall Jackson, JEB Stuart. "Songs of the Civil-Johnny Reb & Billy Yank", blends music (featuring vocals, banjo and guitar), storytelling and history, in a program that literally brings history to life. If you attend a Civil War reenactment event and see a tall fellow, slouch hat shading his eyes, with baggy pants and suspenders, toting a guitar and banjo, chances are you've run into Bob Welch. Bob performs songs of the Civil War period, singing and accompanying himself on guitar and banjo.Bob combines storytelling and history with the music. The songs of the 1860's literally bring history to musical life. Bob and his original song, "The Ballad of Jennie Wade" were honored in the "Song of the Year" songwriting competition and featured in the national magazine, "The Gettysburg Companion." Three hurrays for American Trust and Savings Bank of Dubuque, sponsors of the "Songs of the Civil War" programs in Tri-State area schools. And thank you to Kevin Royer of Beltone in Cedar Rapids and Vinton, Iowa. Beltone and the Royer Hearing Aid Centers are sponsoring "Songs of the Civil War" programs in several Iowa nursing homes and assisted care facilities. "The Songs of the Civil War/Lincoln & Liberty Too" program visited 26 schools in the Dubuque, and tri-state area in March 2009, sponsored by the Dubuque Arts Council's Artist In Residence Series. To view a segment of a Songs of the Civil War performance, visit this YouTube address...

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