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WNC/Appalachian Music Series at the Library: The Asheville Dulcimer Orchestra

Appalachian dulcimers

Join us for our summer music series “History of WNC/Appalachian Music.” We’ll be featuring musicians and special guests to take you on musical trips around Western North Carolina with a splash of history mixed in! Join us for an hour of music along with 30 minutes of historical tidbits, photos, and fun facts from archivists and librarians during set breaks.

The Asheville Dulcimer Orchestra will be playing a range of Southern Appalachian to classical music and is led by Mack Johnston. What is a Dulcimer? Due in large part to its popularity during the folk music revival, the mountain dulcimer, also called lap dulcimer, is one of the instruments most readily associated with Southern Appalachia. Millions were introduced to the instrument’s gentle sound by Jean Ritchie and Frank Proffitt of Watauga County, North Carolina. The mountain dulcimer is usually played across one’s lap, noting or chording with the left hand and strumming the three or four strings with the right.

To hear what it sounds like and see what it looks like, join us for this free program! The program takes place in our library community room at Enka and is in partnership with Buncombe County Special Collections.

Next month in the Appalachian music series, the library will host Honky Tonk Family Social Night featuring Hearts Gone South bringing us classic-style county music. Stay tuned for more details!

When: Saturday, June 24 at 4 p.m.

Where: Enka-Candler Library - 1404 Sandhill Road, Candler
(828) 250-4758

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Updated May 25, 2023 11:25 AM
Published May 25, 2023 10:27 AM