Dulcimers are Def!
It took a few minutes to suss this one out, but of course it's the sound of a mountain dulcimer, played deftly by dead Rolling Stones laddy-boy Brian Jones on the vaporously sardonic Rolling Stones' tune called “Lady Jane” that reminds one of the beauty of that instrument come to life.That ethereal jangle, popularized by musicians on both sides of the pond, is an essential part of folk music theory and methodology, helping define its overall timbre as well as the pictures the music paints with plucky instrumentation like banjos, resonator guitars and yes indeed, the dulcimer—both mountain and hammered varieties). The instrument is so important to the folk enclave that there's a festival centered on the wooden stringed thing right here in Burque, where the folk community has always been strong and vocal, by the way. The 9th annual N.M. Dulcimer Festival is happening on Friday, Oct. 19 and Saturday, Oct. 20. Besides the aforementioned dulcimer, there are also discourse, demonstrations and concerts featuring everything from the autoharp to the bowed psaltery. Artists from all around the region are on hand to demonstrate their craft, their sound, their art, for all to see and hear. It's all happening at the First Baptist Church from 8am to 9pm on both days and admission prices range from free to $15. Get thee down, citizens, get thee down! (August March)
Saturday Oct 20, 2018
Albuquerque, NM 87114
Contact:New Mexico Dulcimer Association
Phone: (505) 363-6414
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This event features 49 workshops focusing on mountain and hammered dulcimers as well as Celtic harp, bowed psaltery, penny whistle, autoharp, bodhran, spoons, ukulele and country line dancing.
The 9th Annual New Mexico Dulcimer Festival is taking place October 19-20, 2018, in Albuquerque, NM. Event features 49 workshops focusing on mountain and hammered dulcimers, but also Celtic harp, bowed psaltery, penny whistle, autoharp, bodhran, spoons, ukulele, singalong and country line dancing offered by local musicians and nationally recognized artists from Colorado, Ohio, Mississippi, and Tennessee (see website for fees). Absolute beginner dulcimer workshops are offered with instrument rentals available, and loaner instruments provided for some of the other workshops. The festival includes jams, open mic, on-site lunches, on-site music/instrument vendors, and public concerts (7pm each night, $15 at the door, children 12 and under free). Concert performers will include 3 national dulcimer champions and a national finalist. Musicians have performed at countless festivals across the US, and across the globe. Festival sponsored by the New Mexico Dulcimer Association, Apple Mountain Music, the City of Albuquerque Urban Enhancement Trust Fund and the Music Guild of New Mexico.