Appalachian music is a celebrated part of history throughout the hills of eastern Kentucky. A weekend filled with this famous mountain sound is planned Sept. 26-27 at Pine Mountain State Resort Park.
The 38th annual Great American Dulcimer Convention will include workshops, concerts and open jam sessions for dulcimers and other bluegrass instruments.
The Appalachian dulcimer is a sweet-sounding string instrument played on the lap. Similarly named but unrelated is the many-stringed hammered dulcimer, which dates back to ancient times. Both types are spotlighted in the Convention’s concerts by professional musicians and several learning opportunities at Pine Mountain.
This year’s returning performers include Kentuckians Anne MacFie, a songwriter and balladeer, who organizes the festival, and multi-instrumentalist Randy Wilson, as well as mountain dulcimer champion Gary Gallier of Springfield, Missouri.
Making their first performance at Pine Mountain are Steve and Ruth Smith, a hammered dulcimer/banjo duo from North Carolina, Square Thirteen, an Ohio band featuring the mountain dulcimer of Laura Elder, and, from Rhode Island, Aubrey Atwater and Elwood Donnelly, whose husband/wife duo excels in singing, folk dancing and playing an array of instruments.
GADC activities begin with a concert on Friday at 8 p.m. by all six acts.
Saturday morning performers will teach mountain and hammered dulcimer classes at beginning, intermediate and advanced levels. Afternoon activities include a group jam, open stage for dulcimer players, learning workshops and informal performances.
The event ends with a Saturday evening concert.
Information about tickets, lodging, dining and a GADC weekend package on offer from Pine Mountain State Resort Park is available by logging onto the park’s website at www.parks.ky.gov or by calling 1-800-325 -712.
More information on the festival can be found at www.americandulcimerconvention.com