Dulcimer Festival Concerts in Littleton, Feb. 2-3

Would you enjoy an evening of beautiful, relaxing traditional acoustic music?

The Colorado Dulcimer Festival will feature four National Champions among the guest and local artists performing in two evening concerts next month. A wide variety of music – Celtic, bluegrass, blues, Old Time and jazz – and many additional instruments such as fiddle, guitar, banjo and mandolin – will contribute to an interesting and fun-filled evening. St. James Presbyterian Church at 3601 Belleview Ave. in Littleton, several blocks from Santa Fe Drive, is the location where the concerts will be held on Friday, Feb. 2, and Saturday, Feb.3.

There are two types of dulcimers, the hammered and the mountain or lap dulcimer. Both use strings stretched across soundboards but differ in shape, sound and playing. Hammered dulcimers are 5000 years old, from ancient Persia, sit on a stand and have 72 or more strings stretched across a wooden sound box. The player strikes the strings with wooden hammers , producing music in a great dynamic range. Mountain dulcimers originated in the Appalachian Mountains, rest on the player’s lap, and the 3 or 4 stringed instrument is strummed like a guitar. The tone is gentle and became very popular in the 1960’s during the folk music revival.

The church has a large, comfortable sanctuary space, in the round, with excellent lighting and sound and audience in close proximity to performers, The concerts will begin at 7pm and end at 9pm, with plenty of available parking. Tickets may be purchased at the door for $15 for Adults and Seniors.

Further information may be found at the festival website: www.coloradodulcimerfestival.com.


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