Kristina performing Civil War music at the 2011 Memorial Day ceremony in Clarkston, Michigan.
Kristina has had an appreciation for vintage folk music since she was a child, an interest that was piqued after visiting Gettysburg in July of 2008 during the 145th anniversary of the battle that changed the tide of the Civil War. Tracing the footsteps of her Great Great Grandfather and his brother, who fought in the Battle of Gettysburg as teenage boys, moved her so greatly that she was inspired to perform some of these historical songs.
Her "Daughter of the 24th Michigan" Civil War music revue features well-known 19th century compositions such as "When Johnny Comes Marching Home", ""The Vacant Chair", and "Home Sweet Home", together with songs popular during the Civil War that date as far back as the American Revolution such as "Johnny Has Gone For A Soldier" and "The Cruel War". Also included are some songs she has discovered through sheet music contained in historical archives, which quite possibly have not been heard for generations. Between each song, she takes her audience on a journey to the origins of and stories behind the piece being performed.
Kristina is available to perform nationwide and can appear in contemporary attire or Civil War-period dress. Her revue is suitable for parlor performances accompanied by a pianist or encampment or museum concert environments accompanied by a solo guitarist or small ensemble of period-appropriate instruments.
For booking information, please contact:
Jason Scarcelli, Entertainment Consultant
LORIO-ROSS STERLING ENTERTAINMENT
505 South Lafayette Avenue
Royal Oak, Michigan 48067-2518
PHONE: 248-398-9711 ext. 122
Streaming audio samples from the "Daughter of the 24th Michigan" Civil War music revue are available below.
"Johnny Has Gone for a Soldier" (2:28)
"The Cruel War" (1:14)
"Faded Coat of Blue" (1:01)
"When Johnny Comes Marching Home" (1:38)
"The Vacant Chair" (1:39)
"Michigan, My Michigan" (1:32)
"Home, Sweet Home" (1:00)
"Two Brothers" (2:21)
"THANK YOU, KRISTINA FOR THE MOST BEAUTIFUL, MOVING AND LYRICALLY CORRECT recorded version of 'Faded Coat of Blue', written by my great-great-great Grandfather, John Hugh McNaughton. Absolutely wonderful! You have the voice of an Angel! You are so talented, you have one of the purest voices I have heard in ages...goodbye, Celine ;) And it is obvious that you 'know' your own voice...you have the ability to select music that suits you, impeccably...a quality that is underated, yet so vital! Love listening to your music!" - Colleen E., via YouTube
"Kristina performed haunting and beautiful renditions of Civil War-era songs at the General Custer 170th birthday celebration held in the general's adopted hometown of Monroe, Michigan in 2009. When Kristina sang "Michigan, My Michigan", I fondly recall how she brought a tear to the eye of the gentleman from Ohio who was seated next to me. An avid historian, Kristina shared the stories behind each song. I was very satisfied with her performance -- as was everyone in attendance -- and would highly recommend booking her for your event." - Karin Risko, Director, Hometown History Tours
Kristina Austin Scarcelli is available to perform Civil War music for living history reenactments, museums, tours, festivals, and film and television soundtracks in Michigan and beyond. Click the image below to view the full-color brochure (.PDF format / 5.66 MB) for her Civil War music show.