Linenkugel to perform at Opera House 2.25

Written by David Green.

Well-known hammered dulcimer player Wes Linenkugel will perform with his quartet at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Fayette Opera House.

Linenkugel is joined by fiddler Mike Gleason, guitarist Bob Schramm and bassist Jack Lewis.

The quartet plays what is most commonly referred to as “Olde Tyme Music”—a type of folk music that encompasses fiddle tunes, waltzes, jigs, reels, Gospel tunes, and other folk styles.

“We are an acoustic group, primarily instrumental (no one would pay us to sing!) and we play what I would call ‘high energy music,’” Linenkugel said. “Whether the tune we’re playing is a lightning fast reel or a slow, lilting waltz, we approach all our music with the same high energy.  We like to involve ourselves in the music and we love to play for our audiences.”

The quartet often brings in other instruments—trumpet, saxophone, celesta, bouzouki and others—and plays in other musical styles including jazz and ragtime. Questions from the audience are encouraged in the group’s informal style.

Linenkugel has recorded 11 albums and has performed at venues ranging from the Ohio and Indiana State Fairs to Greenfield Village and Renfro Valley. He has a collection of awards from various competitions.

He began playing the hammered dulcimer in 1978 on an instrument that his father built.

Tickets cost $10 per person, with a $2 discount for senior citizens. Groups of 10 or more people may obtain tickets for $6 each. Call 419/237-3111 to reserve tickets. Light refreshments will follow the program.

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