Cosby Dulcimer Festival #2, Gathering Into The Silence

This poem by Carrie Crompton was first published in the Fall 1978 Dulcimer Players News.

We gather into the silence, the green-ness of the hills.
The trees resonate with dulcimers that were lately trees.
The fire of wood and sound purifies the heart.
All the length of Hen Wallow Falls
gravity flows, purifies, condenses feeling into song
and the vapor-note rises.
Notes fragile, tender, and strong
as the laurel bush Dulcimer tones ring in her bell-shaped corolla.

Cosby Dulcimer Festival, 1978, Report

The Second Annual Cosby, Tennessee Dulcimer Festival attracted a small but terrifically interesting and entertaining crowd this year. Dulcimaniacs from many parts of the country came to the gathering set in the beautiful Smokey Mountains at the Folklife Center of the Smokies. Workshops were ably led by such dulcimer folks as Lois Hornbostel, Hank Arbaugh, Dick Tracy, Bonnie Carol, David Schnaufer and others. The wild man of the festival, Bill “Lizard” Wallace of Washington, D. C, led a workshop in the seldom used NBC dulcimer tuning of which he is quite an expert. During the evenings when all of the workshops were still spinning through people’s minds, came the chance to show one’s skill on the open air stage unaccompanied by microphones and amplification. The June 9th through 11th gathering would never have occured without the uniting work and support of Jean and Lee Schilling and our special thanks go to them. We encourage dulcimer folks to put this festival on their itinerary for 1979- It should not be missed.

Rick Freimuth

Photos by Bonnie Carol

 

 

Lois Hornbostel (River Ridge, La.) Jerry Rockwell (Burlington, Vt.)

Lois Hornbostel (River Ridge, La.) Jerry Rockwell (Burlington, Vt.)

David Young

David Young

Practical Practice Pad

Practicing rudiments isn’t always practical. You also have repertoire to build and theory to learn. Fortunately, much of the benefit we gain by introducing rudiments into our training doesn’t even require a hammered dulcimer. It might even be better without one. This article teaches you how to make a practical practice pad.