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The Civil War Singers showcased the works of Stephen Foster


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Fort Donelson National Battlefield

Fort Donelson National Battlefield

On August 28th 2010, the Fort Donelson National Battlefield hosted “The Civil War Singers” from the Dover Community Theatre for their final performance of the Summer. The concert featured a medley of songs by Stephen Foster, the author of some of the most popular American songs of all time.

This is the Civil War Singers second season of performances at the Fort Donelson National Battlefield. The Dover Community Theater is a part of the Stewart County Arts and Humanities Council.  The group is directed by Dan Dill. Singing that evening was Don Bailey, Joanna Bailey, Judy Birney, Emily Dill, Dan Griggs, EvaLinda Hays, Katharine Hussey, Adam Janes, Mary Ann Jordan, Larrah Maney, J.R. Moore, Denise Moore, Vicki Morton, Carolyn Page, Walter Page, Jimmy Settle, Nellie Settle, Jackie Starcher, Dane Reynolds, Dee Reynolds, and Clifford Wooten.

The Civil War Singers performing Stephen Foster songs at Fort Donelson on August 28th 2010

The Civil War Singers performing Stephen Foster songs at Fort Donelson on August 28th 2010

Stephen Foster was born in 1826 and published over 200 songs. His first song was published in 1844 with Open thy Lattice Love, his last song published four years after his accidental death; released in January 1864 was Kiss Me Dear Mother Ere I Die. Foster wrote what became the state songs of Florida (1935) and Kentucky (1928). In 1970 Foster was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

His music is still commercially popular and is still being recorded and released by various artists over the years. In 2005 the album Beautiful Dreamer: The Songs of Stephen Foster which consisted of 18 of his compositions performed by some of the biggest names in music including John Prine, Ron Sexsmith, Alison Krauss, Yo Yo Ma, Roger McGuinn, Mavis Staples, and Suzy Bogguss was as recognized as the Best Traditional Folk Album of 2005 during  the Grammy Awards.


Composer Stephen Foster

Composer Stephen Foster

The Civil War Singers Program consisted of 14 toe tapping numbers.

  • Camptown Races
  • Nelly Bly
  • Old Folks at Home
  • Don’t Bet Money on the Shanghai (performed solo by Don Bailey)
  • Old Black Joe
  • Oh, Susannah
  • Massa’s in de Cold, Cold Ground
  • Ring, Ring de Banjo
  • My Old Dog Tray
  • Hard Times Come Again No More (performed solo by Denise Moore with the ladies accompanying her on the chorus)
  • My Old Kentucky Home, Goodnight
  • Beautiful Dreamer (performed solo by Dan Dill)
  • Some Folks Do, (performed in duet by Don Bailey and Dan Dill)
  • Amazing Grace

Clarksville Online will continue to keep you informed on when and where this group will be performing next.


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About Bill Larson

    Bill Larson

    Bill Larson is  is politically and socially active in the community. Bill is a member of the Friends of Dunbar Cave.

    You can reach him via telephone at 931-249-0043 or via the email address below.



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