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Jonesborough's Dulcimer Days

Staff Reports • May 8, 2019 at 11:50 PM

Jonesborough's Dulcimer Days celebrates the role of the Appalachian mountain dulcimer in American life with seven days of dulcimer-infused performances, workshops and hands-on opportunities to experience the dulcimer and other forms of art in Tennessee's Oldest Town. Jonesborough's Dulcimer Week takes place May 13 through May 19. Try your hand at the dulcimer during a workshop or sit back and enjoy the many mountain dulcimer concerts dotted throughout Jonesborough.

Jonesborough's Dulcimer Days is providing the opportunity for the public to create art in more ways than just musically. The week is jam-packed with hands-on arts in public places by local artists and makers. These hands-on opportunities are free and sponsored by the Jonesborough’s Artist Collective, Dulcimer Friends and Music on the Square.

Leading up to and following Dulcimer Days, the Washington County History Museum is featuring a dulcimer exhibit that looks at the history of the instrument while focusing on the craft of dulcimer making. It features luthier Ernest Combs from the Vilas community of Watauga County, North Carolina, and also includes a hands-on dulcimer where visitors can try to play the instrument.

The Jonesborough Washington County History Museum is located in the Historic Jonesborough Visitors Center and is operated by the Heritage Alliance. For more information, please call their office at 423-753-9580, or contact the organization via email at [email protected]

The full schedule of events for Dulcimer Days is as follows: 

May 13 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. will be the opening concert at the Mockingbird Music Room, 210 Spring Street. 

May 14 from 1 to 4 p.m. Fox Street Dulcimer Appearances featuring soloist and group performances throughout the afternoon with 6:30 p.m. Parlor Recital. The “Parlor Recitals will be small audience concerts in historic homes. Call Don Burger for more information 828-553-7543. 

May 15 from 1 to 4 p.m. Main Street Dulcimer Gatherings and another 6:30 p.m. Parlor Recital. 

May 16 from 1 to 4 p.m. Boone Street Dulcimer Troubadours. 

May 17 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jonesborough Dulcimer Friends at the Christopher Taylor Cabin, 124 W. Main Street, 7 p.m. Music on the Square with Joe Collins.

May 18 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dulcimer Workshops at the Mockingbird Music Room, 210 Spring Street, 3:30 p.m. Root Beer Garden Concert at the Eureka Inn Courtyard, 127 W. Main Street and a 6:30 p.m. Parlor Recital. 

May 19 is the last day of the Dulcimer Week; 2 to 4 p.m. Old Hymns and Sacred Music at the Embree House Historic Farm, 142 Matthews Mill Rd., Telford.

For more information contact 828-553-7543.

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