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Coshocton Dulcimer Days Music Festival coming up

| June 18, 2015

COSHOCTON – The Coshocton Dulcimer Days Festival is the longest running heritage music festival in Ohio, and the second oldest event of its kind in the United States. This year marks the 41st year for this Appalachian musical event, which will be held in Historic Roscoe Village Friday through Sunday, June 19-21. As part of the festival, the Mid-East Regional Dulcimer Championships are held and winning competitors at Coshocton’s festival go on to compete in the national competition.

Visitors to the event will enjoy music vendors, raffles, artists’ booths and traditional Appalachian music. Admission and parking are free. Jam sessions and mini concerts also take place throughout the weekend.

“Music workshops are $15 each and include classes on Mountain Dulcimer, Hammered Dulcimer, Guitar, Banjo, Flute, and Bowed Psaltery,” said Louise Cardenzana, chair of the Coshocton Music Corp that organizes the festival. “A new clogging workshop has been added this year; and we have added private music lessons to the offerings as well. There is a complete schedule of workshops and pre-registration form available at www.CoshoctonDulcimerDays.com.”

The Coshocton Dulcimer Days Festival includes mini concerts on Friday evening and throughout the day Saturday at the Warehouse Restaurant Garden Court including performers Bing Futch, Mark Alan Wade, David and Annette Lindsey, Sharon and Terry Kirby,Wildwood & Friends, Paul Conrad, Jan Hammond, Brett Ridgeway, Katie Moritz, Hunter Walker, Wendy Songe, and Sharon O’Connell.

The headliner concert 7 p.m. Saturday, June 20, at Roscoe United Methodist Church.

“We are very excited about this feature concert this year,” added Cardenzana. “We think the audience is in for a real treat with Dan Landrum, from Tennessee, on the hammered dulcimer; and Aubrey Atwater and Elwood Donnelly, from Rhode Island, on mountain dulcimers. All of these performers are very high energy, so they put on an exciting show. This year we are also thrilled to have a grand finale at the end of the headliner concert which should be a lot of fun.”

Admission is free to the concert but there will be a freewill offering.

An outdoor Gospel Sing will be held at 11 a.m. Sunday, June 21, at the Roscoe Village Central Stage. Also on Sunday, the Mid-East Regional Dulcimer Championships will take place beginning at 1 p.m. The winning competitors will then be eligible to compete in the National Competition in Winfield, Kan.

The raffle items at the Coshocton Dulcimer Days Festival include a Hammered Dulcimer from David’s Dulcimers, a Mountain Dulcimer donated by Paul Conrad, a bowed psaltery donated by Terry Kirby, and many more items.

The Coshocton Dulcimer Days Festival takes place in Historic Roscoe Village, a restored 1830s Canal Era town featuring shopping, dining, and history. The Roscoe Village Visitor Center is located at 600 N. Whitewoman St. The Coshocton Dulcimer Days Festival is sponsored by the Coshocton Music Corp. and Central Ohio Technical College, with support from the Roscoe Village Business Association and Roscoe Village Foundation.

For information about Coshocton Dulcimer Days, contact the Coshocton Visitors Bureau at 740-622-4877, 800-338-4724 or go to www.VisitCoshocton.com or find a complete schedule at www.CoshoctonDulcimerDays.com.

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