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Today In Mountain Dulcimer History: 9 February 2012

PostPosted: Thu Feb 09, 2017 6:28 am
by dbennett
Keith Young (1929-2012) died in Fairfax, Virginia due to a fatal head injury after he fell in his workshop.

Keith, was known to many in the traditional music community as an outstanding mountain dulcimer builder, musician, and teacher.

He earned his Bachelors and Master’s degrees from the University of Nebraska and worked for the Soil Conservation Service for 34 years.

After his retirement, Keith began a second career as a luthier and musician. He was renowned for his distinctive dulcimers, made on traditional lines but with many features of his own design. He also made autoharps, MacArthur harps, fretless banjos, limberjacks, and replicas of historic instruments known as “early Virginia” dulcimers. He also made raffeles, traditional Austrian instruments in the zither family. For 20 summers he taught dulcimer building at the Augusta Heritage Folk Arts Center at Davis and Elkins College.

Keith was also the founder and leader of the Mill Run Dulcimer Band.
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Re: Today In Mountain Dulcimer History: 9 February 2012

PostPosted: Fri Feb 09, 2018 7:33 am
by dbennett
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Re: Today In Mountain Dulcimer History: 9 February 2012

PostPosted: Sat Feb 10, 2018 7:23 am
by dbennett
Comment to me from Ralph Lee Smith 9 Feb 2018:
"Ralph Lee Smith David, Thank you so much for posting this. Among other things, Keith repaired and restored a number of the old scheitholts and dulcimers in my collection. He was careful and conservative in his restoration work. I personally miss him very much."