Today In Mountain Dulcimer History: Paul Pyle (1913-1991)

Today In Mountain Dulcimer History: Paul Pyle (1913-1991) 12 September 1991

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Another Galax Dulcimer Update from Lou Beasley

Here’s some more information from Lou Beasley about his trip to the Old Fiddler’s Convention in Galax, VA the home to the world’s oldest and largest Old Fiddlers’ Convention.

As Lou told us previously, “At Galax, you are permitted to compete in only one instrument category and you may also compete in one band, which is what I did.” And as you’ll recall, Lou placed seventh in the Mountain Dulcimer competition.

The other day Lou provided additional information about the Mountain Music Band he competed in (in addition to his solo in the dulcimer contest) and the other band members mountain dulcimer connection…

Lou provided this photo with this explanation, “Here is the Mountain Music Band that played in the Old Time Band competition at Galax in Aug 2017. The photo was taken late Saturday after a week of music, mud and rain. We played well, but others played better, and we did not win. However, as individuals, we did pretty darn well. As follows:

  • The bass player placed 9th in mountain dulcimer
  • I placed 7th in mountain dulcimer
  • The fiddler placed 3rd in mountain dulcimer
  • The lady banjo player placed 5th in autoharp

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Dulcimentary: Jake Hisaw’s 99th Birthday Jam

On 30 August 2017 Jake Hisaw celebrated his 99th Birthday with fellowship, food, and lots of music. Jake was honored to have friends come in from all over that he’s played music with over the decades at various dulcimer festivals and state parks around the southeast. There were 61 guests at his party today, 26 of whom played music with him for about an hour.

Watch the Video of the highlights:

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27 Aug: Jake & Friends

We had a fun time with Jake today at Jake & Friends.

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Fun Saturday Morning

A few members from the Athens Dulcimers gathered at the Bennett home this morning to participate in Play Music On Your Front Porch Day 2017.


Here’s a few photos

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Get out and play your Mountain Dulcimer

DATE: The Last Saturday in August/ SATURDAY, AUGUST 26, 2017
TIME: 8AM – 10PM (any time)

PLAY MUSIC ON THE PORCH DAY invites musicians/communities to revive the tradition of gathering, singing and playing music outside with friends and family.

Throughout history it was common to hear live music on porches, in yards and on street corners. Musicians would regularly surround themselves with friends and family to sing and play music together. This tradition is being lost as more people only experience music as passive entertainment instead of as a participatory celebration of life.

PLAY MUSIC ON THE PORCH DAY invites musicians to revive the tradition of gathering, singing and playing music outside with friends and family.

On Saturday, August 26th we ask that you get outside and play music! Invite your friends to gather on the porch, in the yard or down on the corner out in the street. Share your talent. Share your passion. Share your music!

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