Today In Mountain Dulcimer History: 8 July 1929

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Today In Mountain Dulcimer History: 8 July 1929

Postby dbennett » Sat Jul 08, 2017 6:45 am

Keith Young (1929-2012) was born in Lafayette, Indiana.

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

He earned his Bachelor’s 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 a few replicas of historic instruments known as “early Virginia” dulcimers. Recently he began to make 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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