FRIDAY September 9: The Irish Volunteer!
Equal parts musician and historian, New Yorker David Kincaid will perform Civil War songs of the Irish Brigade at a special Friday edition of the Ohio County Public Library’s Lunch With Books program on September 9th at noon. The program will be a part of Wheeling’s Civil War 150th anniversary observance. After founding the roots-rock band the Brandos, Kincaid was inspired to become an Irish Brigade re-enactor by the discovery of an Irish-American great-great grandfather who served in the Union Army. He began researching period Irish music, and in 1997, released the critically acclaimed album “The Irish Volunteer: Songs of the Irish Union Soldier 1861-65.” Great care was taken to give the album an authentic, 19th century feel and sound, from the use of only period style instruments and vocal harmonies, to the enlisting of some of the finest musicians in Irish traditional music. Kincaid has played numerous times at the Dublin Ohio and Pittsburgh Irish festivals as well as at Gettysburg National Military Park. He also served as a consultant and performer for the Civil War film, Gods and Generals. David later released the album, “The Irish American Song,” which includes both Union and Confederate tunes. Lunch With Books programs are free and open to the public. Patrons are invited to bring a bag lunch and free beverages are provided. Please call the library at 304-232-0244 for more information.