Strings & Things

Remembering David Schnaufer

Many years ago I was watching the Johnny Carson show. David Schnaufer was introduced by in rather a "tongue-in-cheek" kind of manner stating that David would be playing a mountain dulcimer. Little did Johnny know who he was introducing. Out stepped David who began to play despite that giggling of the audience not knowing what they were to about to experience. When he finished playing, everyone loved him including Johnny Carson. Schnaufer was born in Hearne, Texas, and grew up in La Marque, Texas. As a child, he experimented with a mouth harp and harmonica. As a young man, he came across a display of dulcimers in Austin, Texas, and bought one for $40. David lists Emmylou Harris and Gram Parso

GPDA Featured in Kechi Newspaper

The following article was published in the Kechi Lamp March 2016 paper. Special thanks to David Dinell who took the photographs and wrote the lovely article! SPRING SOUNDS: Dulcimer group entertains Over 55 Club A part of Appalachia culture came to Kechi for a recent musical presentation and, judging by the smiles in crowd, was much appreciated. Members of the Great Plains Dulcimer Alliance performed during a meeting of the Over 55 Club at City Hall’s Community Room, playing a variety of songs for about 30 minutes. The alliance came at the invitation of member Sandra McConnaughhay, who heard them before and thought the players and the audience would enjoy the presentation. “I think everyone

Put Your Heart Into It

I have discovered in recent years that I am an artist. This was news to me. I did not think of myself as an artist and yet it is obvious when I look back over my life that I have always been an artist. My artistic expressions have taken many forms and I can trace my artistic exploration clear back to my most distant toddler memories. I have learned to express myself artistically in several different media, paint and canvas, clay, wood, steel, electronics, writing, storytelling, and now; most recently: music. At first glance, one might not see a connection between the first 5 of those media and the last three. The first 5 are tactile or manual type arts, and writing, storytelling and music ar

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