Bio

Contact Email: bobw1863@aol.com


"Songs of the Civil War " is a program of music, history and storytelling designed to both entertain and inform, while appealing to all ages. 

And thank you to Kevin Royer of Beltone Hearing Aid Centers Beltone and the Royer Hearing Aid Centers sponsor "Songs of the Civil War" programs in several Iowa and Wisconsin nursing homes and assisted care communities. 
 

Bob Welch Civil War music CD's are available right here! Click on the Music or Store icons at the top or bottom of any page to listen and purchase with Paypal. Individual song downloads are also available from Google music, itunes, Amazon Music and CD Baby.


Bob contributed music for the Charles Larimer documentary film, "Love and Valor-the intimate Civil War letters." The documentary DVD is available through PBS-Virginia. Love and Valor DVD.


In 2015, for the ninth consecutive year, American Trust and Savings Bank of Dubuque, IA sponsors Songs of the Civil War programs in Tri-State area schools. 

The Des Moines Civic Center and Performing Arts sponsored Songs of the Civil War programs in Des Moines area schools February 26-28, 2014.  

Bob performs songs of the Civil War period, singing and accompanying himself on guitar and banjo.Bob combines storytelling and history with the music. The songs of the 1860's literally bring history to musical life. 

Bob and his original song, "The Ballad of Jennie Wade" were honored in the "Song of the Year" songwriting competition and featured in the national magazine, "The Gettysburg Companion." 

"The Songs of the Civil War/Billy Yank & Johnny Reb" program visited more than 20 schools in the Dubuque, and tri-state area in 2009 and 2011, sponsored by the Dubuque Arts Council's Artist In Residence Series. 

PAST PERFORMANCES 

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum-Springfield, IL 
The American Civil War Museum-Gettysburg, PA. 
Living History Farms-Urbandale, IA 
Civil War Days-Pipestone, MN 
Sailors Creek Battlefield-Virginia 
Dubuque, IA. Arts Council-Artist In Residence Series 
Des Moines, IA Performing Arts/Des Moines Civic Center 
Historic Fort Snelling-St. Paul, MN 
Muskets and Memories-Boscobel, WI. 
Milwaukee Co. Historical Society/Trimborn Farm-Milwaukee, WI 
The Battle of Pea Ridge Reenactment-Keokuk, IA. 
Mason City Civil War Reenactment-Mason City, IA. 
General Grant's Home-Galena, IL 
Battle of Laurel Hill Civil War Reenactment-Belington, West Virginia 
Thunder In The Park Civil War Reenactment-Waukon, IA 
Rollo Jamison Museum Heritage Day-Platteville, WI. 
The Grout Museum-Waterloo, IA. 
Cedar Rapids, Iowa Civil War Roundtable 
Des Moines, Iowa Civil War Roundtable 
Elk Horn City War Reenactment Elk Horn, Iowa 
General Grierson Days-Civil War Reenactment Jacksonville, IL. 
Mud Lake Bluegrass Festival-Dubuque, IA. 
Holden, MO. Civil War Reenactment 
The Granger House Museum-Marion, IA 
Kenosha Civil War Museum-Kenosha, WI. 
Civil War Reunion @ Pennypacker Mills-Schwenksville, PA. 
Caldwell County Civil War Reenactment 2009-Kingston, MO. 
And programs for more than 30 libraries and museums in Missouri, Iowa, Wisconsin and Illinois. 

Instrumentation 
Bob Welch-Vocals/Guitar/Banjo 

Discography 
Bob has recorded six CDs of Civil War era music. CDs are available at all performances, or from Google music, itunes and CD Baby. http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/BobWelch2 

"The Ballad of Jennie Wade (and Songs of the Civil War" 
"The Sharpsburg Letter (and More Songs of the Civil War") 
"Shiloh's Bell (and Songs of the North and South") 
"Dear friends and gentle hearts...The Songs of Stephen Foster and the Civil War" 
"Let Us Cross Over the River" 
"Songs and Stories of the Civil War For Kids" 

"Let 'em talk 'bout dar guitar and peranum Forte, mine's de rail conglomerated essence of perfection...de Southern Banjo."