Video and Audio

New video from “The Civil War Comes to Rockville,” June 29, 2013 (3D video by Rupert Chappelle)

President Lincoln’s Cottage hosted the Heritage Voices of the Washington Revels in this special spring event. A visit from President Abraham Lincoln highlighted this program of American folk songs, spirituals, patriotic music, and readings.

January 1, 2013: Jubilee Voices was also featured on CNN: “The Emancipation Proclamation Turns 150”
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Hard Times Come again No More Washington Revels’ Voices of the Civil War ensembles are featured on the recent recording “Hard Times Come Again No More: American Music of the Civil War Era”.  Joining Washington Revels Heritage Ensembles, Brass Quintet and String Band on the recording, are guest artists, Jacqueline Schwab, Bruce Molsky, Pete Cooper, The Federal City Brass Band, Douglas Jimerson, and Magpie. Please visit the Web site for this recording to hear audio excerpts.  Learn more and hear audio »

This new compilation of American music of Civil War era was created in honor of the sesquicentennial of this war and as a companion to the new documentary film, Life in a War Zone: Montgomery County during the Civil War 1861-1865. Though a product of its time, this music still strikes a chord that resonates in us all a century and a half later. It paints a portrait of those who sought peace, beauty, justice and freedom in the midst of a war that was said to have cost 618,000 lives. It chronicles a journey of people—white, black, Union, Confederate, enslaved, and free—whose lives were swept in the violent winds of a conflict that changed their lives, and our nation, forever.