Dulcimers, nyckelharpas, funny stories and great songs will by flying all over the place as these three put on a show
Sun. May 8 at 7pm
$15 adv./$15 door seated <21 w/parent
Rick Scott is his own genre: an award winning singer, songwriter, storyteller and Canada's leading proponent of Appalachian mountain dulcimer. Rooted in folk and blues, inspired by Pete Seeger, Danny Kaye and Broadway musicals, he`s released 18 albums and over 45 years has performed his lively, original music in nine countries. From folk clubs and festivals to symphonies and schools, he entertains audiences of all size and ages with laughter, compassion and groove. Rick plays dulcimer stand-up guitar-style, with an assortment of self-taught picks, strums and tunings. He emerged in Canadian folk music in the '70s, touring far and wide with iconic trio Pied Pumkin and duo Pied Pear.
Neal Hellman, nationally acclaimed performer and teacher of the mountain dulcimer, has been active in performing, writing, teaching, and recording acoustic music for the past 30 years, Neal's latest recording, Emma's Waltz , is a colorful dance through traditional and contemporary acoustic music styles, featuring seventeen different musicians playing compositions from Ireland, Scotland, Finland, America and France. Neal's other recordings include: Autumn In the Valley, Dream of the Manatee (with Joe Weed) and Oktober County, all on the Gourd Music label. An original composition, written by Neal and performed by Jay Unger and Molly Mason, is featured on the Ken Burns production Not for Ourselves Alone. Neal has placed a number of other tracks on the films of Ken Burns including Horatio's Drive, National Parks: America's Best Idea and the upcoming production of The Dust Bowl (2012).
Verlene Schermer's musical interests and endeavors have included singing and playing viola da gamba with a Renaissance trio, singing and playing jazz and blues on electric harp in a 4-piece band, playing Irish and Scottish fiddle, and playing Celtic music on harp. Her original songs can be found on 5 CDs and her arrangements for solo folk harp can be found in music stores around the world. She formed the band, Nykken, with two other musicians and played nyckelharpa, harpguitar, cittra (Swedish zither), violin, hardingfele, and harp, and sang songs in Swedish.
Artist sites and sounds: www.rickscott.ca and www.gourd.com/hellmann.html www.verlene.com