BLUFFTON — Lima played a large role in Bluffton Town Hall’s dulcimer workshop and concert Saturday.
“Lima used to have a Black Swamp Dulcimer Festival. I attended the festival when I was young, and I play the dulcimer. There are quite a few dulcimer groups in the area still,” said Wendy Chappell-Dick, event organizer for Bluffton Town Hall.
“I was told about Dave Haas by a local dulcimer club. They said this guy is great. I had wanted to bring him in for a concert, then we realized there was lots of interest. I decided to expand for the whole day,” Chappell-Dick said.
Perhaps the Black Swamp Dulcimer Festival will be revived.
“One of the reasons I wanted to do a one-day workshop was I was hoping to start it up again. There is quite a following. Anybody can learn to play the dulcimer. It’s one of the simplest instruments because you can play with one finger,” she said.
Dave Haas is a nationally acclaimed performer and recording artist who has been playing the mountain dulcimer for more than 20 years. He will be teaching at three workshops throughout the day Saturday before his 7 p.m. concert.
“You can get intense or lazy. A lot of beginners on the dulcimer will start with traditional folk tunes, but once you get good you can play more intense pieces. It is just beautiful,” Chappell-Dick said.
Chappell-Dick expects a larger than usual crowd at the concert Saturday night.
“Dave Haas and Joe Steiner, who is a very fine banjo player, are going to focus on fiddle tunes and Celtic tunes. Usually we expect between 50 to 70 people, but because Dave is so well known we expect people to come from around the state,” said Chappell-Dick.
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