Dulcimer Festival and Championship to Be Held at Carey

Dulcimer Festival and Championship to Be Held at Carey
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HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - This is a news release from William Carey University

The Southern Strings Dulcimer Festival and Deep South Dulcimer Championship will be held on the William Carey University Hattiesburg campus Thursday through Saturday, February 19-21.

The festival, with the theme of "Our Dulcimer Family Tree," will include music education sessions, instructor performances and opportunities for private lessons with nationally-known dulcimer artists. Instructors include Paul Andry, Richard Ash and Jeff Hames, mountain dulcimer performers; Jess Dickinson, a Mississippi Supreme Court presiding justice and hammered dulcimer performer; Guy and Sharrie George, performers and instructors on the hammered dulcimer, ukulele, Irish whistles, steel drums, guitar and other instruments; and Richard Switzer, psaltery performer.

The instructors will use the "Our Dulcimer Family Tree" theme to bring the history of where dulcimer playing originated and how it was developed around the country at different times during the past hundred years. Classes will be offered in 1950s, 1960s and 1970s music as well as older "cowboy tunes" while also learning about Irish, Scottish and English influences.

On Thursday evening, there will be a pre-festival "jamming session" and pre-registration opportunity. Classes will be held on Friday and Saturday. A festival party will be held Friday evening. Several vendors will be available throughout the festival.

On Saturday afternoon, the fourth annual Deep South Dulcimer Championship will be held. Winners of the two dulcimer competitions, mountain and hammered, will be presented new dulcimers from event sponsors, McSpadden Mountain Dulcimer and Master Works Hammered Dulcimer.

For more information about the festival, call 601-583-6424 or 601-606-1848. For competition information or to register, email Jess Dickinson at deepsouthdulcimercompetition@gmail.com. Visit www.mississippidulcimer.com for additional information.