Bobby Horton ‘Songs of the Civil War’
As part of the Civil War Chautauqua Lecture Series, Bobby Horton performs ‘Songs of the Civil War’ at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 14 at the Steele Memorial Bandstand.
A seasoned performer, Horton is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer and music historian. With a trumpet-playing father and a banjo-playing grandfather, he was exposed to a variety of music genres — from the sound of big bands, jazz combos and classical music to the old-time sounds of Southern gospel and sacred harp.
While researching music from the mid-19th century, Horton uncovered thousands of tunes from the period. Combining his passion for music and Civil War history, he began recording what has now become 14 volumes of authentic Civil War tunes in his home studio – playing period era instruments and singing all the parts himself.
He has performed with the musical-comedy trio Three on a String and throughout the North America for more than 40 years. He has also produced and performed music scores for 16 PBS films by Ken Burns, including “The Civil War” and “Baseball,” two films for the A&E network, and 21 films for The National Park Service.
His series of recordings of authentic period music has been acclaimed by historical organizations and publications throughout North America and Europe.