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Fiddle Tunes of the Civil War presented by The Highlands at Wyomissing
Berks History Center
Reading, PA
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Fiddle Tunes of the Civil War presented by The Highlands at Wyomissing
The Mad Fiddler, Travis Wetzel, will be coming from his home near Nashville, Tennessee to present on a fascinating, one man musical history show called The History and Importance of Fiddle Tunes During the American Civil War Era. During the American Civil War era music of all kinds played an important role to calm nerves, motivate, embolden and rally troops and entertain civilians who were coping with the reality of the terrible conflict. Each side had its favorite songs and tunes and music and folk traditions and culture spread rapidly due to the many interactions that the railroads of the era facilitated. On the battlefield, in the camps and on the Home front, music was eve-present.  Brass bands, pipes and drums played a major role but the portability of guitars, banjos and fiddles allowed those instruments to be played solo or in combination with other instruments and musicians. Of all of the portable instruments from the American Civil War era, the fiddle reigned supreme.   A single fiddler could entertain a roomful of soldiers, dancers or patrons.  Folks often came from miles around to attend a session performed by a well-known fiddler and many in the leadership of troops had favorite fiddle tunes.

A highly accomplished fiddler and violinist in all styles of music, Travis Wetzel, the Mad Fiddler, has performed throughout the United States and in Europe and has also fiddled on the Grand Ole Opry with bluegrass music royalty, including Jesse McReynolds.   By combining his master skill at fiddling with his love of American history and the American Civil War Era, Wetzel will treat the audience to an entertaining trip back in time.



Berks History Center (View)
940 Centre Ave.
Reading, PA 19601
United States

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