Mountain dulcimer showcase in Dover


DOVER -- MHCA, formerly Memorial Hall Center for the Arts, proudly announces the first live performance in its new home in Dover. On Saturday, August 16 at 7:30 pm, MHCA and Folk Craft Music will present "August Dulcimer Daze" with Lois Hornbostel, Ehukai Teves, Nina Zanetti, and Bill Collins in a concert featuring the traditional folk instrument.

Lois Hornbostel of Bryson City, North Carolina, has been in love with the mountain dulcimer since the mid-1970s and is one of the most influential mountain dulcimer performer/teachers in the history of the instrument. Since the early 1980s, Lois’s instruction books, teaching and recordings have set standards for many players of the instrument. Her early dulcimer playing blossomed into her being a regular player in traditional Irish music sessions in New York City. Throughout her life, she has continued to learn her music directly from traditional Appalachian, Celtic, Cajun, and world musicians, and has won the dulcimer playing championships at the Galax, Fiddlers Grove, Mt. Airy and Dublin, Virginia fiddle conventions.

Ehukai Teves is a native Hawaiian who grew up in a musical family that performed traditional Hawaiian music. His first name, meaning "red water" in Hawaiian, rhymes with a cool guy! He was a surfing stuntman and extra on the original "Hawaii Five-O" TV program and has a B.A. in music from the University of Hawaii, specializing in Music Theory & Voice. He has written over 300 songs, including "Kalapana Sands," the flagship song on a HOKU (Hawaiian Grammy) Album of the Year. Some of Ehukai’s musical collaborators have been Jean Ritchie, slack key guitarist Keola Beamer, and most recently, Lois Hornbostel. He can play and sing killer rock’n’roll on the mountain dulcimer, but his authenticity in playing traditional old-time music has also won him first place in dulcimer competitions at the 2012 Fiddlers Grove and the 2013 and 2014 Union Grove fiddle conventions.

Nina Zanetti is the 2008 National Mountain Dulcimer Champion. She comes to the mountain dulcimer from a diverse musical background, including choral music, violin, viola, piano, and shape note singing. Bill Collins lives in Wilmington, Delaware, where he has been playing dulcimer since the early 1990s. In his playing and teaching, he tries to focus on the instrument’s innate dulcet qualities. He brings a wide range of musical genres and playing styles to the dulcimer while keeping in touch with its historic traditions.

Tickets, $15 for adults and seniors, and $10 for students through high school, are available the night of the performance or by calling the MHCA box office, 802-464-8411, and leaving a message. Patrons may also call The Mountaineer Inn at 802-464-5404.

MHCA is located at 4 Mountain Park Plaza, off Route 100, in Dover, Vermont. The box office will open 45 minutes before the show.


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