By Seamus Gallivan
On both sides of the bi-national border that staged intense battles during the War of 1812, Good Neighbors are honoring the bicentennial with a wide range of landmarks and events, including yesterday’s dedication of the Black Rock Peace Garden, the first of 60+ planned gardens along the Binational Heritage Peace Gardens Trail, and tonight’s launch of a new speaker series, “The War of 1812: A new look at American’s second war of independence.” The series kickoff, sponsored by the Buffalo & Erie County Naval and Military Park, gathers at the newly-named Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village (formerly the Amherst Museum, 3755 Tonawanda Creek Road, Amherst, 7pm) with award-winning journalist and noted historian Anthony S. Pitch, who will discuss “The Burning of Washington and the Birth of the Anthem.”
The speaker series, entitled “The War of 1812: A new look at America’s second war of independence,” is set to feature more than a dozen national and regional experts at venues across Western New York through November exploring how the War of 1812 changed everyday life on the Niagara Frontier and across the nation. The series is made possible by a grant from the Buffalo & Erie County Standing Committee of the Niagara River Greenway Commission to the Niagara 1812 Bicentennial Legacy Council for the Park’s bicentennial celebration.
Perhaps these gatherings could feature another effort made in honor of the War of 1812’s bicentennial – the same folks who bring us the acclaimed nontraditional holiday music of Robot Holiday, led by multi-instrumentalist and studio wizard Jonathan Hughes, have crafted another ensemble album in the form of “Coffee for Two and Pistols for Four: Music from and Inspired by the War of 1812,” featuring 14 rearranged traditionals and newly-written classics from a cast of 17 Buffalo musicians. Individual selections as well as the entire album are available for free download at www.themusicof1812.com, from which this dark and brooding selection is taken –
THE GHOST OF
by Derek Bassett
This original song reflects centuries of supernatural sightings in and around the sight of a costly battle that occurred in Drummond Hills Cemetery during the War of 1812. Both the Americans and Canadians claimed victory on the battlefield but many eyewitnesses claim the spirits of those who died still haunt the area.
Derek Bassett: Acoustic and Electric Guitars
Jonathan Hughes: Bass, Organ
Joelle Labert: Vocals
Rob Lynch: Drums
Stay tuned for news of our third annual Robot Holiday Live, returning to a Buffalo stage this December!