Dulcimer featured at Round Barn Morning Music

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Mountain dulcimer artist Paul Bostick will perform from 10:30 am to Noon Saturday at the Arcadia Round Barn. The concert is part of the Arcadia Round Barn’s new Morning Music series launched by singer-songwriter Joe Baxter, who also produces the Round Barn Rendezvous on the second Sunday afternoon
of the month.

Paul Bostick

Bostick will bring several of his dulcimers and provide education about the instrument, which is a four-stringed variation of the zither. The mountain dulcimer was popular in the mid-to-late 1800s but fell out of favor until the 1960s when it was re-introduced by folk musicians, Bostick said.

Dressed in Civil War-era attire, Bostick often performs at battle re-enactments and also plays the jaw harp, which he said children especially love to hear. People who visit the Round Barn on Saturday morning will be invited to examine and play the instruments he will have on display. Kids can help create a concert atmosphere by following along with one of Bostick’s lumberjack toys, a dancing toy popular in the late 1800s.

“It’s just fun, the whole history of folk music,” Bostick said.

Bostick is a retired police officer who works for the city of Stillwater’s code enforcement office. In addition to music from the Civil War era, he plays Celtic music, hymns and 1960s folk tunes.

Coming up at the Round Barn’s Saturday Music Mornings

May 4: Ben and Alycia Goeke of Edmond, 10:30 am – Noon.
May 5: Kelsey Avants of Duncan, 10:30 am – Noon.
May 13: “And Then There Were Two,” a Tulsa band, will headline the Round Barn Rendezvous beginning at Noon.

The Round Barn is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free but donations are accepted for the maintenance of the barn, which is owned and operated as a museum and gift shop by the nonprofit Arcadia Historical and Preservation Society.

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