Jonesborough’s Dulcimer Week celebrates the role of the Appalachian mountain dulcimer in American life with nine days of concerts, workshops and “Hands on Jonesborough” opportunities in pottery, drawing and painting.
Jonesborough’s Dulcimer Week takes place May 13 through the 21st. Kicking off the week is Ivy Rowe, which shares the story of the life of a spunky Appalachia woman while tying in dulcimer accompaniment to add the perfect touch. The play will be held on the 13th at the McKinney Center at 7 p.m. and tickets are $10.
Grab a chair and head down to the Courthouse steps for a unique Music on the Square performance. Joe Collins, well recognized mountain dulcimer player, will be playing on Friday the 19th with Thistle Dew, eclectic dulcimer group, being the opening act.
Saturday, May 20th Joe Collins will be leading three workshops, the first being in the morning designed for the experienced folk. At 11 a.m. Joe will jump back to the basics and hold a workshop for those just being introduced to the dulcimer, he will repeat this clinic at 1:30 p.m. that day.
“Bring that dulcimer off the wall or out of the attic!” Said Don Burger, Dulcimer Week organizer. “Maybe Grandpa played it and he’s not here anymore. Bring his dulcimer to Jonesborough! There is a whole crew of experienced people who can teach you.” You are encouraged to bring your dulcimer with you, but there will be a few “loaner” instruments as well.
Free Dulcimer workshops will be dotted throughout downtown along with “Hands on Jonesborough” opportunities in pottery, drawing and painting. “Hands on Jonesborough” is a group of artists who setup throughout Historic downtown Jonesborough and invites anyone to join them in creating a piece of art work. It’s is a unique, free and memorable experience. “Hands on Jonesborough” blossomed from a grass roots beginning to create a way for individuals to experience Jonesborough’s story through their very own hands.
These events will be on various days and times throughout the week-long celebration, see the full calendar for specific days and times. For more information call 423.753.1010 or visit Jonesborough.com