Today In Mountain Dulcimer History: 7 August 2005

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Today In Mountain Dulcimer History: 7 August 2005

Postby dbennett » Mon Aug 07, 2017 5:23 am

Dulcimer maker and player Frank Benjamin Proffitt, Jr. (1946- 2005) died in Watauga County, North Carolina. He was born September 8, 1946. He was an accomplished musician, playing the banjo, guitar and dulcimer. Like his Uncle Ray Hicks, he was also quite a story teller.

Frank Jr.’s mother was Bessie Hicks, daughter of early dulcimer builder Nathan Hicks. Frank Jr. was cousin to dulcimer builder Stanley Hicks and dulcimer player Nettie Presnell.

Lois Hornbostel wrote in that Frank "...was a charming performer of Appalachian traditional songs, tunes and tales...and played his mountain dulcimer and fretless banjo with an exciting rhythm. His speech, phrases, and stories retained evidence of his family’s 18th century North Carolina/Tennessee mountain roots..."

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Re: Today In Mountain Dulcimer History: 7 August 2005

Postby kwl » Mon Aug 07, 2017 10:43 am

Here is a photo of Frank Proffit Jr. (but not with a dulcimer).
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