Bob Kilham Jr.
Hearken back to the days before television, radio, and CDs: crowded, noisy, smoke-filled theaters, and a public who just can't wait to hear the latest "hit." Historical musician Bob Kilham recreates the sights and sounds of mid-19th century America. Much of the music from this pivotal time is still with us today. Familiar songs such as Old Dan Tucker, O Susana, and Camptown Races, written by the likes of Stephen Foster and Dan Emmet, form a basis of our present folk music tradition. Bob is a self-taught musician and vocalist and focuses on period instruments including banjo, fiddle, guitar, accordion, and flute. He uses original sheet music, period manuals and primary documentation to achieve a high degree of accuracy in his presentations. A variety of period clothing enhances the interpretation. Bob regularly performs at museums, fairs, historical organizations, schools and education centers, and any other venue that appreciates good old-fashioned American music. He served as staff musician at Strawberry Banke Museum, was on the UNH Elderhostel Faculty for several years, performed at Indiana University StoneSong Festival, and the Brooklyn Museum of Art. Bob has appeared on NHPTV's "New Hampshire Crossroads" and WBUR's " Here and Now." His performance of period music was featured on PBS' "American Experience - Stephen Foster, America's First Great Songwriter." Bob also plays with the mid-19th century social orchestra The Amoskeag Players.
offered: Performances; Lecture-Demonstrations; Interpretive Historical Programs; Workshops. I am also offering Role Playing, first person interpretation of historical figures from both the 18th and 19th centuries including John T. Gilman of Exeter, John Stavers of Portsmouth, and Samuel Blodgett of Manchester.
Statewide and Eastern United States, year round
Performance, Workshops, Lecture-Demonstrations: $300-$500; Other programs are negotiable on an individual basis
1 Ridge Rd
Deerfield, NH 03037-