Douglas library to host documentary film on the mountain dulcimer

An image from "Hearts of the Dulcimer," showing this evening at the Douglas Library.

The Douglas Library will host a showing of the film “Hearts of the Dulcimer” at 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11.

This feature-length documentary film explores the mountain dulcimer boom in the 1970s in California and its lasting impact. The boom can be traced all the way back to the late 1800s, when dulcimer builders and players living in the Appalachian Mountains were attracted to this 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, who discovered this same freedom, and created new musical and art forms with this simple instrument.

Through interviews, archival footage, and live performances. “Hearts of the Dulcimer” gives a firsthand account of living life in the counterculture, following one’s passion, and playing and building mountain dulcimers.

Following the program, participants will be invited to share mountain dulcimer resources and talk about organizing local mountain dulcimer gatherings.

For more information, call 586-0436.

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