Nationally renowned singer, musician, dancer and storyteller Anne Lough will present two mountain dulcimer workshops and an evening dulcimer concert at Mountain City Traditional Arts, 25 E. Main St., Frostburg, on Saturday, July 17. A beginners’ workshop will be held at 10 a.m., and an intermediate workshop, for those with some experience or for beginners’ workshop students who wish to learn more, will begin at 2:30 p.m. Both workshops will focus on the history of the mountain dulcimer and the fundamentals of playing the instrument.
The concert, which will begin at 7:30 p.m., will feature Lough’s dulcimer playing, vocals and dancing. The show will include a guest appearance by Frostburg resident Amy Fabbri, also an accomplished dulcimer player and Lough’s daughter. The concert will include historical information about Appalachian mountain dulcimers and some background on traditional songs.
Lough is a traditional musician with more than 35 years’ experience, both performing and teaching. She holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from Murray State University in Murray, Ky., and a master’s degree, also in music education, from Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, N.C. Lough has been playing folk music since her early teens, and her repertoire has grown to include guitar, autoharp, mountain and hammered dulcimer, traditional singing, storytelling and folklore, and folk dance. She is on the Touring Artist Roster for the North Carolina Arts Council, has published several collections of dulcimer arrangements and her work can be heard on various recordings, educational videos, public radio and PBS specials. She is a frequent dulcimer instructor at the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, N.C., as well as at other workshops and schools. For more information about Lough’s music and achievements, visit her Web site at http://annelough.com/index.html.
Each workshop costs $20, or $30 for both. Advance registration is strongly recommended because of limited space and instruments, and participants are encouraged to bring their own dulcimers. Suggested donations for the concert are $5 for adults and $3 for children and students.
Dedicated to the education, sales, documentation and perpetuation of traditional art in the Appalachian region, Mountain City Traditional Arts is a partnership of Folklore & Folklife Programming at Frostburg State University, the Allegany Arts Council and FrostburgFirst: A Main Street Community. For more information about the show or the venue, or to register for the workshops, call 301-687-8040, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or search for Mountain City Traditional Arts on Facebook.
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