The Irish Volunteers Civil War Band is a Western NY
based five piece group. All five members have long backgrounds in celtic and folk music. They arrived on the Civil War and
period scene in 2007. Since then they have delighted audiences at reenactments that include Amherst, Marilla, Granger Homestead
in Canadaigua, Homestead Festival, Peterboro, Mumford Civil War Weekend, Erie Canal Village Civil War Days in Rome NY
, Gettysburg Music Muster ,Ashokan Civil War Weekend, Blountsville Civil War Weekend in Blountsville Tenn and the Civil
War Music Heritage Weekend in Windham New York among others.
The fivesome is an upbeat, crowd pleasing
and versatile group. The strong vocals of the Irish Volunteers are backed by a wide variety of instruments. Instruments in
the Irish Volunteer collection include: hammered dulcimer, banjo, autoharp, whistles, fife, jaws harp, guitar,
concertina, harmonica, mountain dulcimer, mandolin, bodhran, bones etc…
The Irish Volunteers
season many of the songs and tunes with an Irish flavor as befitting a group that has been on the Celtic/Irish scene for over
20 years. (See the link to their Celtic site on the contact us page.).
Volunteers do all the popular songs of the era: The Battle Hymn of the Republic, Dixie, The Bonnie Blue Flag, Marching thru
Georgia, the Vacant Chair , the Drinking Gourd, Down by the Riverside, Buffalo Gals, the Stephen Foster classics and many
many more. They also play many of the popular instrumental pieces as well as Irish reels and jigs. The Irish Volunteers also
play a collection of songs that the Irish soldiers sang, both Union and Confederate.
The Irish Volunteers also
have performed at War of 1812 and Erie Canal events..
The Irish Volunteers make a strong, entertaining
and authentic addition to any period reenactment or event.