Every summer…almost…I make a trek to Townsend, TN for ChristyFest. (More on that in a future post.) My first year was in 2002 and among the amazing things I saw and learned that trip, buying my first handmade dulcimer was maybe the most amazing.
About halfway through my visit in Townsend, I stumbled upon a little shop called Wood-N-Strings and met a sweet lady named Connie and eventually her husband, Mike. Mike’s passion in life is dulcimers. Making them, playing them, teaching them. He assured me that anyone could play a dulcimer and if you had a natural musical ear, easy peasey. I purchased a beautiful handcrafted and carved (appropriately with deer!) dulcimer and fell in love with mountain music! (and learned to play the dulcimer…sort of)
Every Saturday night during the summer, Mike and Connie put on a Back Porch Concert that not only features their music but other musicians in the area. Beyond excellent is all I can say. And it doesn’t hurt that the local church ladies make homemade ice cream to serve during the concert. Heaven. Pure Heaven! And then for Sunday morning, I’ve been able to twist their arms and come lead our Worship service at the Townsend Visitor’s Center’s outdoor Pavillion, which has the Great Smokies as a background. Can it get any better?! Well, now that you mention it, it can. Heeeeeere’s Mike….
This song is features Mike on his dulcimer and Steve Kaufman on the guitar.
And if you dig dulcimer music, check this kid out!! He’s playing a Clemmer Dulcimer.