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.
Photos by Bonnie Carol