Visit the Hood River Library on June 13 at 7pm for a screening of Hearts of Dulcimer, a film that explores that counterculture and passion of the dulcimer.
The mountain dulcimer often conjures up rustic mountain life and simple traditional music from the American South in a bygone era. But that’s not the whole story. From a group of countercultural youth living in the Santa Cruz Mountains in the late ‘60s to Joni Mitchell’s influential Blue album in the early ‘70s, the mountain dulcimer found a new voice in a “new land”: California.
Hearts of the Dulcimer takes you on a heartfelt journey–both musically and narratively–inviting you to see this musical instrument in ways you might not have imagined.
In the late 1800s, dulcimer builders and players living in the Appalachian Mountains were attracted to this rustic instrument’s do-it-yourself spirit. They found freedom of expression in the dulcimer; there were no written rules on how it should be built or played. This same DIY spirit captured the imagination of 1960s countercultural youth in California. They discovered this same freedom, and created new musical and art forms with this simple mountain instrument. For more information visit: http://dulcimuse.com/film.html
This program is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact the Hood River County Library District at 541-386-2535, firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit their website at http://hoodriverlibrary.org.