ELSAH — Historian, songwriter and storyteller Barry Cloyd will be the guest performer at a lecture sponsored by Historic Elsah Foundation and the Chautauqua Historical Society at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 7, at Farley’s Music Hall.
Cloyd’s topic will be The Drummer Boy of Shiloh, telling the story in song and narration of the American Civil War from the perspective of a young teen, Joseph Henry Monroe. While there were many drummer boys who served in the war, Monroe was the youngest to enlist in the war effort, when he was 12. He led the troops at Shiloh, was captured by the rebels, was imprisoned and escaped from that prison and made his way back to his unit to continue to fight in significant battles. The story of the war is presented through music, mostly written by the soldiers themselves.
“Mr. Monroe was a musician throughout his life ... more of that story later; I don’t want to give it all away,” Cloyd said. “But the songs and stories of this terribly tragic war are presented as signposts of the actual history that was being created at that time. In it I portray Mr. Monroe as an adult ... looking back on his time in the war (he was merely 16 when it ended). The music is delivered with vocals, guitar, five-string banjo and Dobro slide guitar. Some of the songs are my original pieces ... in particular the story/song of Joseph Henry Monroe and the battle of Shiloh, which is the opening piece of the show. It’s titled ‘Shiloh Train.’”
Cloyd has co-written, produced and toured more than 20 original folk musicals, written more than 350 songs and has appeared in more than 300 TV commercials and 70 industrial films, some of which have been shown internationally. He is a regular guest on radio and television programs wherever he travels. Barry is featured in a Prairie Folklore Theatre documentary film project entitled “Voices for the River,” funded by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.
The lecture is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served following the lecture. Reservations are not required. Parking is available.
For information, contact Tim Tomlinson at Historic Elsah Foundation at (618) 374-1518, text a request to (618) 513-7119 or email a request to firstname.lastname@example.org.