Heritage Voices

Elizabeth Anne Fulford and Andrea Jones Blackford, Co-Directors

Heritage Voices Group Photo
Drawing from members of the Jubilee Voices, Gallery Voices, and the larger Washington Revels community, the Washington Revels Heritage Voices is dedicated to the preservation of American music through live performance in historical venues. Heritage Voices specializes in all forms of traditional American music: popular song, patriotic music, parlor music, work songs, spirituals, shape note tunes, and other traditional music. Supplemented by local instrumentalists, including the Roustabout String Band, Heritage Voices performs in historical venues ranging from large outdoor spaces to the most intimate indoor parlors and concert halls.

The ensemble performs regularly at Washington area historic sites and concert venues, including a recent appearance as part of the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation at the National Archives. Other Heritage Voices performance highlights include appearances at the 150th anniversary of the first inauguration of President Abraham Lincoln, President Lincoln’s Cottage along with the Roustabout String Band, Fort Ward Park in Alexandria, Virginia, “Life in Civil War Alexandria: A 150th Commemorative Event” with the Federal City Brass Band, Glen Echo Park and as part of the annual Maryland Heritage Days, and many more historic sites. You can also hear members of this group on Washington Revels’ recording, Hard Times Come Again No More, as well as on the soundtrack of the documentary film, Life in a War Zone: Montgomery County during the Civil War 1861-1865.

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Upcoming Heritage Voices Events

Roustabout String Band
The Maryland-based old-time string band, Roustabout, specializes in American traditional music.  Roustabout often performs with Heritage Voices, but is also available for individual bookings, performing traditional music of the American Civil War era, but also offering interactive, hands-on workshops for children and families.

The band, made up of Chris Romaine (fiddle and banjo), Lars Hanslin (vocals, banjo, guitar and banjo-uke), and Bruce Hutton (vocals, guitar, mandolin, banjo and banjo-uke), never fails to entertain with their engaging and interactive style. Known as one of the finest dance bands for squares and contras, Roustabout has played for dances and performed in concerts from Florida to New Hampshire.

The band has been featured at many festivals, including Pinewoods (Plymouth, Mass.), Fiddle Head (Ashville, N.C.), Chesapeake Dance Weekend (Annapolis, MD), The Washington Folk Festival, The Takoma Park Festival, and numerous events sponsored by the Country Dance and Song Society.

President Lincoln’s Cottage

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.

Special 3-D Video

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

For more information about Washington Revels Heritage Voices, and to explore hosting a performance at your site, contact Colin Bills at cbills@revelsdc.org.