Civil War Music To Be Brought to Life


South County Library to host journey of music, food and history

CW-Band-FrontRoanoke County Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism along with the American Culinary Federation Southwestern Virginia Chapter present “Civil War Music Brought to Life.”

From 3 PM – 8 PM on Sunday February 24 Roanokers can take a step back into history and  hear the music from the Underground Railroad, parlor music with its Irish, Scottish and German roots, and the classical sounds of the aristocracy and hymns of the Civil War. Workshops will offer the history and the opportunity for participants to experience these unique types of music and song, as well as the chance to see the role they have played in developing music as we know it today.

In addition to the beautiful melodies the event will also feature the “Twelve Oaks Tavern”, which captures culinary history and is hosted by the American Culinary Federation Southwestern Virginia Chapter. A team of dedicated chefs and culinary students from Virginia Western Community College have crafted a diverse menu of foods dating back to the Civil War.

A variety of talented musicians will be on hand to bring music from the Civil War time period to life. Helen Beedle and Jari Villanueva will perform the classical sounds of the aristocracy. Ken Bloom is a performer and living history enthusiast who will perform and offer workshops. The Ladies of the Lake and Kim and Jimbo Cary will perform traditional and folk music as well as songs of the Civil War era. The Shenandoah Valley Minstrels play a wide array of music on instruments such as the fiddle, banjo, guitar, bass, harmonica, Jaw Harp & their percussionist plays the washboard, tambourine, wooden spoons & a horse’s jaw bone.

Tom Mack will be the events dance master and will be accompanied by members of the Shenandoah Valley Civil War Era Dancers who will help guide participants through the steps of the dances. In addition, fifer Eddie Goode will be among the talented musicians and Bill Piper will be portraying Colonel John McCaull.

Tickets can be purchased in advance by February 15 and are specially priced at $10 adults, $5 kids (5-12) event only, $10 food tasting or a combination ticket of $20 for adults and $15 kids. All tickets, event only and food tasting can also be purchased for a flat fee of $12 each, cash only at the door the day of the event.For more information, call the Roanoke County Parks, Recreation and Tourism Live, Learn and Play Line at (540) 387-6455 or visit