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25.) Coshocton Dulcimer Days – June 18, 2011

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AUTHOR’S NOTE: Since this review, the festival has been moved to Roscoe Village, which is a rather cool location. Until I get a chance to revisit the festival, I hope this review gives you a general idea of some things to expect when you go.

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Last year, I posted about the Yankee Peddler, where I met a wonderful musical duo who played the dulcimer and harp. I really liked the sound of the (hammered) dulcimer and noticed the instrument being played at more and more festivals.

So, when planning my festival trips for 2011, I became interested in the Coshocton Dulcimer Days, especially since it was billed as the oldest music heritage festival in Ohio and second oldest continuously running dulcimer festival in the United States.

Taking place next to the courthouse…

…the festival itself was a rather small one…

…with a few food vendors…

…some art vendors…

… and two dulcimer dealers who sold…

…mandolins…

psalteries

…and plenty of dulcimers.

Since I wasn’t interested in buying a dulcimer myself…

…I focused on the music performances.

Songs played ranged from…

…religious…

…happy…

…and moving (give it some time to build up).

But in case you’re too sad from the last song…

…here’s another cheerful clip to dry those eyes.

NOTE: the first clip is performed by Bill and the Dulcimer Kids. The other clips are played by the Lindsey Family (Oklahoma).

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