Mountain Dulcimer Talk and Concert Feb. 12

David Massengill performs at Beacon Sloop Club

The Beacon Sloop Club Winter Lecture Series continues on Thursday, Feb. 12, with a free-to-the-public concert and lecture about the mountain dulcimer, presented by legendary folk artist David Massengill.

A native of Tennessee, Massengill is an American folk singer/songwriter, guitarist and Appalachian dulcimer player who was part of the Greenwich Village folk scene in the mid ’70s, walking the same streets and playing the same storied coffeehouses as Bob Dylan and Dave Van Ronk.

He has released six albums, and his songs have been covered and recorded by Joan Baez, the Roches, Lucy Kaplansky, Tom Russell and Nanci Griffith.

Massengill is widely recognized as a virtuoso of the mountain dulcimer and one of the instrument’s prime proponents in the field of melding traditional and contemporary music styles, including alternate tunings. He will provide a short talk on the mountain dulcimer and how he came to play the indelibly Appalachian instrument. He will also play songs from his albums, including “On the Road to Fairfield County” and others.

This free concert will take place at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 12, at the Beacon Sloop Club, 2 Flynn Drive in Beacon. In the event on inclement weather, check the website at For further information, call 845-463-4660 or 914-879-1082.

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