Work Samples

During school visits, our instruction & performances may incorporate the following resources and services:


AUDIO RECORDINGS {3 ITEMS}

Hardtacks recordings of period music provide dramatic sonic context for classroom studies.  We can forward CDs to the school, or teachers can stream audio online from our BandCamp page:

  1. GLOBAL BANJAR:

    This collection presents banjo music from stages all around the antebellum world, in lively full-band interpretations, accompanied by a 24-page booklet of contextualizing quotes, images, and stories.
  2. The Hardtacks SONGSTER COMPANION:

    Consisting of diverse instrumental tracks to accompany lyrics found in our SONGSTER.
  3. “Music of the CIVIL WAR”:
    "Music of the Civil War" front cover

    Songs performed by the Hardtacks and the “Sounds of Stow” Chorus, with commentary.

TEXT SOURCES: SONGSHEETS {1 ITEM + TEXTS}

Experience the antebellum & Civil War eras through the lyrics of the times!

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    The Hardtacks ANTEBELLUM & CIVIL WAR SONGSTER:

    Over a hundred different lyrics from period songsheets and sheet music, ready to photocopy & share with students. These lyrics provide a lively launch for classroom discussions, student research, storytelling, and more.  Our website offers more in-depth discussion of key songs (searchable by: Title + Year).
    SAMPLE LYRICS & BACKGROUND NOTES:

    • Washington-The_President's_House_by_George_Munger,_1814-1815_-_Crop Star-Spangled Banner (Key, 1814) - What's the connection between the US National Anthem, militant slave uprisings, and the burning of the White House?
    • JimCrow150-001r Jim Crow (Rice, 1830) - If we can hold our immediate revulsion at the (now offensive) language, we'll find some shocking critique and surprisingly liberal views in the lyrics...
    • 1851-SanFrancisco-PortsmouthSquare-DETAIL-w=1000 I’m Off for California (1850s?) - Here’s a song you’ll recognize, and yet… it’s a side of American history you’ve likely never heard: The melody is Stephen Foster‘s first big hit, “Oh Susannah” (1847), ubiquitous in its time and still common in the “folk song” tradition over a century and a half later.  Foster’s original composition features two world-changing technologies of the day:


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VISUAL SOURCES