Stephen Foster Award

The Civil War Roundtable of the Merrimack is proud to promote the music and culture of the 19th century by presenting the Stephen Collins Foster Award to those individuals and groups who perform and present the music of the time to modern audiences.

Stephen C. Foster is known as the "Father of American Music," having composed over 200 songs. Although he died in 1864, his songs were popular on both sides of the Civil War and sung by soldiers and civilians alike. Some of his songs, "Jeannie With the Light Brown Hair," "Camptown Races," "Old Folks at Home," and others became staples including popular songs at the campfire, "Angeline Baker," "Nellie Was a Lady," and "We Are Coming Father Abraham."

BELOW: Bob Killam plays period music, earning himself the award.

Past recipients of the award include the "2nd South Carolina String Band, Bob Killam and George Wunderlich.

This year, the Civil War Roundtable of the Merrimack is proud to announce the next recipients of the Stephen Collins Foster Award, from New Hampshire, The Hardtacks.

Our friends at the Civil War Roundtable of New Hampshire are celebrating their 25th anniversary on Friday, May 20, 2016 at 7pm at the Epping Town Hall, Epping, NH. The Hardtacks will perform the celebration and that night we will present the award.

ABOVE & BELOW: Woody Pringle (left) and Marek Bennett (right) are the 2016 recipients of the Foster Award.

We invite you to come to the FREE concert and celebration and the award presentation on Friday, May 2016, at 7pm at the Epping Town Hall, 157 Main St., Epping, New Hampshire. Details HERE.

RIGHT: Bob Sullivan announced the award for the 2nd South Carolina String Band in 2004.

2nd South Carolina String Band