The Carlisle Town Band's Annual Fall Concert
The “Folk Songs” concert will feature modern interpretations of many traditional tunes. The band will perform American folk songs in the pieces “Songs of Old Kentucky,” written in 2005 by composer Brant Kerrick; “Chorale and Shaker Dance,” penned in 1971 by John Zdechlik, which includes the Shaker tune “Simple Gifts”; and “Travelin’ Music,” written in 2015 by Robert Sheldon and based on the folk song, “The Arkansas Traveler,” originally a fiddle tune.
The band will also share a sampling of international folk songs, including “Puszta” by Jan Van der Roost, a Belgian composer who, in 1988, drew inspiration from traditional Gypsy dances and Slavonic folk music to write this exciting work; “Solas Ane,” Gaelic for “Yesterday’s Joy,” written by Pennsylvania native Samuel Hazo in 2005, is an original work written in Irish melody style; and “Out of the Shadows,” written by Michael Sweeney in 2003, incorporates the traditional Welsh Air “The Ash Grove.”
The works of John Philip Sousa are often present in the band’s repertoire, and this concert will include a performance of a rare Sousa piece: “Bonnie Annie Laurie March.” Written around 1883, this often-forgotten march includes the popular tune “Bonnie Annie Laurie” in its second half. Sousa himself often remarked that the old Scottish ballad “Annie Laurie” was the most beautiful of all folk songs.
During the concert, the band will also recognize the passing of two former members, Kathy Petty and Jerry Lackey, with a special performance of “Amazing Grace” by a band-member saxophone quartet.