“The Fields of Gettysburg has become one of the most valuable pieces of music in my collection. I consider it nothing short of a National Treasure!”
- Justin Pryzbyl
"My wife and I agreed after your show that if you had been our history teacher we'd remember everything. The isolated names and dates we learned in school were dry and boring. You made the characters real in our minds and memorable. The passion in their songs shows so much more depth than a mere photograph or telegraph. It's a heritage masterpiece. We've seen nothing like it." - Mitch Maifeld, Fleming, Ohio
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"Simply put, this is historical narrative at its finest. 'Fields of Gettysburg' is an intimate and engaging musical journey through a battle that came to define the outcome and the legacy of the Civil War. Culling together an impressive collection of West Virginia's finest players, performers, and producers, songwriter John Walsh has given his audience a poignant and personal narrative of the lives that were touched by those three bloody days in 1863. Engaging lyricism, broad soundscapes, and impeccable performances carry the listener through the haunting and harrowing tales of the Fields of Gettysburg."
- Josh Antonuccio, Record Producer/Engineer, 3 Elliott Studio
The Fields of Gettysburg
is a gorgeous Americana song cycle by singer/songwriter
John A. Walsh
The FOG commemorates the Sesquicentennial of The Battle of Gettysburg, with a story of five Americans whose lives intertwine in a tragic tale of intense duty and personal sacrifice, conflicted allegiance, young love dashed, and innocence lost.
Union General John Buford and Confederate General James Longstreet both understood the monumental stakes and the terrible costs to be exacted in those days. Their decisions and actions at Gettysburg would significantly impact the outcome of the battle and the lives of those involved.
Three young folks from Gettysburg also became entangled in a curious scenario.
Wesley Culp, Jack Skelly, Jennie Wade were all childhood friends. Jack, a Union soldier, and Jennie became betrothed; while Wesley had migrated to Virginia only to find himself returning to Gettysburg as a Confederate soldier, literally fighting against his own hometown. After July 1st, 1863, they would never see each other again.
This engaging American story is brought to life in
The Fields of Gettysburg
John and West Virginia singer/songwriter extraordinaire, Todd Burge, The FOG co-producer, gathered an impressive array of Appalachian musicians & vocalists and have now brought “The FOG” to life in the recording studio.
The FOG cast of players includes: Grammy winning Americana artist Tim O'Brien and Mountain Stage Founder & Host Larry Groce
Released on March 31, 2013, The FOG neatly coincided with the 150th anniversary of the epic American drama that played out in and around a small Pennsylvania town called Gettysburg.
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ABOUT JOHN A. WALSH
Born in North Tonawanda, New York, John was raised from a young age in Marietta, Ohio; where he began playing guitar and writing songs at age 11 in 1974. He cut his musical teeth on the great Singer/Songwriters of the 1960's & 1970's. From those early days, Walsh continually refined his skills and now has over four decades of musicianship and songwriting experience under his belt.
His special talent for lyrical depth coupled with an oft-times off-the-beaten-path style of chord progression and song structure renders unique, listenable and memorable songs. His songs have been described as "intensely personal," "he sang what I wanted to say..." and, "the lyrics read like a painting..." Walsh is also an accomplished guitarist and vocalist blessed with a very listenable tonal range.
Over the years, Walsh has written scores of songs and has performed both as a soloist and in a variety of bands all over the United States. John has had the opportunity to play on the same stage with notables such as Jason Isbell, Lucy Kaplansky, Tim O'Brien, Dennis DeYoung, Amanda Shires, Larry Groce, Todd Burge and Larkin Poe. He has released nine albums (as a soloist, with The Fields of Gettysburg ensemble, and with George's Attic and The Fossils).
After graduating from Salem College (Salem, WV) in 1986, John became an officer in the U.S. Air Force. He and his wife, Darlene, married in 1987 and spent the next ten years living west of the Mississippi, mostly while John served in the USAF. They have lived in California, Wyoming, Texas, Nevada and Iowa. John also served a short tour in Saudi Arabia during Operation Southern Watch in 1995. After separating from the USAF in 1996, the Walsh’s ultimately settled back in the Mid-Ohio Valley at Vienna, West Virginia. John and Darlene have lived in Vienna, West Virginia, since 1996; and have two adult daughters, Emily and Caroline.
John became immediately active in the local music scene after relocating to Vienna. In addition to playing live regularly, Walsh has recorded his music extensively. He served as a board member of the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame; and, on the Colony Theater Hippodrome Restoration board (now the Peoples Bank Theatre in Marietta, Ohio). Walsh was instrumental in the development and opening of The Adelphia Music Hall, now a premier live music venue in Marietta.
In 2013, John released The Fields of Gettysburg to coincide with the sesquicentennial anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg. John’s all original song cycle brought real historical characters to life, enabling the listener to get to know people of the day on a personal level. The record, co-produced by Parkersburg singer/songwriter, Todd Burge, brought together an impressive ensemble of musicians, including Mountain Stage’s Larry Groce and Michael Lipton, two-time Grammy winner Tim O’Brien, Jessica Baldwin, Colton Pack and Justin Arthur. Met with wide critical acclaim, The Fields of Gettysburg was featured on NPR’s Mountain Stage and at The Gettysburg National Park’s Museum Gift Store. The album is currently available at Tamarack’s “The Best of West Virginia.”
Writing and performing music is John’s passion. His acoustic sets are a blend of Walsh original music, the classic singer/songwriter songs of the 1960s & 1970s, as well as new Americana. John’s show provides an easy and inviting vibe that promises an enjoyable, relaxing musical experience.