Familiar musician featured in new Lincoln movie

Published 8:04 pm Monday, November 26, 2012

“Lincoln,” the historical drama film directed and produced b Steven Spielberg, starring Daniel Day-Lewis as President Abraham Lincoln and Sally Field as Mary Todd Lincoln has received widespread critical acclaim and many consider Day-Lewis a contender for the Academy Award for Best Actor.

The movie focuses on Lincoln’s efforts in January 1865 to have the Thirteenth Amendment of the United State Constitution pass the U.S. House of Representatives.

Sometimes the music in a movie is vaguely familiar. And, the fiddle, dulcimer and banjo music might catch the ears of some locals who see “Lincoln.”

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The music is composed and conducted by John Williams and performed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chicago Symphony Chorus.

The music includes a selection of Civil War era folk music arranged and performed by traditional and folk music expert, the late Jim Taylor of Madison County, North Carolina.

Taylor and his wife, Sheila Kay Adams, performed several times at the We Piddle Around Theater in Brundidge, Taylor on the hammered dulcimer and Adams on the banjo.

Included in the music of “Lincoln” are excerpts from Taylor’s “The Civil War Collection” – “They Swung John Brown To A Sour Apple Tree, “ “Three Forks of Hell,” “Last of Sizemore” and “Republican Spirit.”

Adams and her claw hammer banjo style are prominent in the music.