Celebrate American music this weekend

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Celebrate our true American music and instruments this weekend during the 6th Annual Red River Dulcimer Festival Aug. 3-5 at the Red River Community House.

The event includes workshops, concerts, singing, and jamming.All concerts and workshops are free (sign up for the workshops on-site) but donations are requested for lunch.

The event website states, “Don’t know what a dulcimer is? Never played an instrument? Sign up for a workshop or two and experience the fun of learning a new instrument or singing with shape notes. We’ll teach you the basics on hammer and/or mountain dulcimer, guitar, bowed psaltery, autoharp, mouth bow, penny whistle and Sacred Harp singing. Loaner instruments will be available for many workshops. Enjoy concerts and listen to the jamming out on the lawn with the Red River Valley Dulcimer Club.”

For more information, contact David Lindsey, 580-847-2822.

2018 Red River Dulcimer Festival Schedule

About Red River Valley Dulcimer Club

Red River Valley Dulcimer Club is based in Bennington, Oklahoma, in the Red River Valley on the border between Texas and Oklahoma. They love getting together to enjoy the great traditional music of yesterday — the Old Time tunes from the Appalachian Mountains — the ballads, the bluegrass, the gospel. Their goal is to promote both the music and the traditional instruments created to play it. David and Annette Lindsey and friends have been doing concerts and Sunday music for the Community House for a few years. With a NM town having the same name as their beloved OK valley, they thought it would be fun to start up a dulcimer festival and see where it would go.

About the Red River Community House

The history of the Red River Community House is the story of a few families and their devotion to traditional American values. These early 1940’s families wanted Red River to have a place for families to worship, marry, play, dance, enjoy music, and preserve the culture and history of Red River. Through their dedication and hard work, the Community House became a reality. Today, over 70 years later, the building and its programs continue that legacy of values and vision.