Dulcimers delight at Oakdale festival

Special to the Current

headerSweet sounds billed Oakdale Park last weekend when the 33rd annual Lone Star State Dulcimer Festival came to Glen Rose.

The festival began Friday and ran through Sunday with concerts each day, free workshops, an arts and crafts fair, Texas State Mountain Dulcimer Contest, Texas State Hammer Dulcimer Contest, Texas Liar’s Contest and much more.

Headliners at this year’s event were Bing Futch, a mountain dulcimer player from Florida, and
Dan Duggan, a hammer dulcimer player from New York.

Other musicians included:

Sweet Song String Band from Dallas-Fort Worth and Bennington, Okla., — old-time string music featuring the hammer dulcimer, banjo, fiddle; and piano.

The Vandeveers from North Richland Hills — old-time music featuring two hammer dulcimers, fiddle, banjo, guitar, piano and mandolin.

Scott Odena from Little Rock, Ark. — mountain dulcimer and old-time claw-hammer banjo.

Sombati from the Dallas-Fort Worth area — “world” music with an array of unusual instruments, including the fiddle and hurdy-gurdy.

Sawmill Vagrants from Kenard — old-time string band music featuring fiddle, mandolin, guitar, banjo, mountain dulcimer, hammer dulcimer, gut bucket, stump fiddle, banjo-uke, plus a few more.

Russell Cook from Bennington, Okla. — contemporary and old -time tunes played on the hammer dulcimer.

David Moran and Joe Morgan from Irving and Dallas — hammer dulcimer, guitar and harp guitar,  playing a wide variety of tunes from old-time to Irish to rock and roll.

Sue Carpenter from Quinlan — mountain dulcimer player performing old-timey tunes, Irish tunes and original tunes.

Debbie Porter from Pittsburg, Texas — mountain dulcimer and ukulele playing and singing tunes from the 30’s, 40’s, 50’s, Hawaii and lots more.

Time Was from Fort Worth — old-time string band music played on hammer dulcimer, banjo, bass and a wide variety of rhythm instruments.

Judy Dugas, autoharp player, and many more to be listed.

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