Clara Barton Sessions CD
The Clara Barton Sessions were recorded in one night, from sundown to sunup, on March 14-15, 2015 in the Office of Missing Soldiers in downtown Washington, DC. This is the space in which Clara Barton lived from 1859 to 1867, and where she and her staff answered 63,000 letters inquiring after missing soldiers of the Civil War. Through their work in this office, Clara Barton and her staff identified the fates of 22,000 soldiers.
Each musician chose a song from the Civil War era that could have echoed in these rooms, and each composed new songs addressing the personal toll of the war on soldiers and civilians alike. We gathered through our love of music and its history and collaborated to honor Clara Barton, her legacy, and the era in which she lived and worked.
This is not a reenactment or a period piece, but rather a demonstration of the living tradition of music that transcends through time, as authentic now as it was 150 years ago.