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In  Smoke & Fire News, Matt Merta said of Kent Courtney "For many years he has released tapes and CDs of period music that can be ranked as some of the best and most authentic interpretations… Courtney does strive for authenticity in his work and with Garryowen, he is probably the best at it today."



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Kent Courtney is a true professional and has received excellent national media coverage.  Kent Courtney frequently appears on The History Channel, and he has been heard and seen on: The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, BBC, Good Morning America, PBS, The Travel Channel, CNN, C-SPAN and National Public Radio.

Kent Courtney is currently appearing in The History Channel's  Stealing Lincoln's Body, as Terrence Mullens, one of the conspirators, who in 1876 tried to take Abraham Lincoln's Body out of his Mausoleum in Springfield, Illinois, and hold it for ransom.

In April of 2009, The History Channel re-aired April, 1865, in which Kent Courtney portrayed General Breckenridge who, as Secretary of War, surrendered the Confederacy to General William T. Sherman.

With the frequency of re-runs of the many programs that Kent Courtney has appeared on for The History Channel - particularly with the morning school programming - Kent Courtney has a high facial-recognition with all age groups in national markets.

Kent Courtney has toured throughout these United States, Canada, Mexico and Belize and is internationally known for his expertise on music of the 1800's and the historical genres leading up to that era, especially the Renaissance.  

Kent's interpretations of Irish, Scottish, English, Nordic and French Folk Music are well-appreciated by Fair and Festival audiences and by means of his multi-media and recorded work. His CDs are standards at National Parks and museums throughout the country.   His recording of "Wait for the Wagon" made the top ten downloads list of the Folk Music genre.

Kent Courtney’s live shows are more than just entertainment.  In a dramatic format, he relates the history of the era and the music he performs.  People come away from his performances feeling enlightened, educated and entertained.  

Kent’s music, costuming, instruments, and stories, are utilized to ensure that attendees of his performances will feel like they are watching a live version of The History Channel.  Because of this, Kent Courtney has performed for fairs and festivals, cruise ships, school assemblies, museums and senior citizens’ facilities.  He is also a liturgical musician.

Kent Courtney sings a variety of traditional and folk styles including Irish, Scottish, English, Cajun, and Americana.  Kent takes a lively classical approach to guitar, and provides a variety of instrumental stylizations on button accordion, harmonica, cornameuse and recorders.  For years, he has been a regular performer at the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire.

Kent Courtney is a member of the Conewago Chapel Choir of the Basilica of the Sacred Heart.  His sets can include the music of Seventh Sanctuary - a Contemporary Christian project of original music.  He also performs music of many Christian artists including The Dameans, Jars of Clay, MercyMe, Michael W. Smith, Marty Haugen, David Haas, Taizé, Twila Paris and Third Day.

Kent can perform sets that include popular music from the 1950s, 60s, and 70s.  He can cover light rock, country and folk songs from this era.

His latest recording "Secrets of the Feast" includes interesting explorations of blending Kent's Celtic-feel original compositions with Native American Flute sounds and African, Trinidadi, Calypso, Reggae, Nordic and Middle Eastern rhythms.

Kent Courtney's latest multi-media project is a history of the Civil War for the 150th Anniversary Series.

Kent Courtney is also author of Returning to the Civil War, Grand Reenactments of an Anguished Time, and a nationally recognized authority on the Civil War, with reviews and regular advertising published in Smoke & Fire News, Camp Chase Gazette, Citizens' Companion, Civil War News, Southern Living, and other magazines and newspapers throughout the country.  The Ozarks Mountaineer said "This is altogether a fascinating book."  

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218 South Jefferson Street, Hanover, PA 17331-4802
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