Today In Mountain Dulcimer History: 28 August 1942

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Today In Mountain Dulcimer History: 28 August 1942

Postby dbennett » Mon Aug 28, 2017 5:40 am

Don Graves (1942-2014) was born in Phillipsburg, Missouri. Don was a well-known old-time dulcimer player and dulcimer luthier from southern Missouri as were his father, Bill Graves, and great-grandfather, John Mawhee/Mowhee who served in the Civil War.

Don was from a musical family, and with his father and his sisters Daisy and Vivian played old-time music at festivals in Missouri. The family made many appearances at the Old Time Music, Ozark Heritage Festival in West Plains, Missouri. Don taught old-time dulcimer music in Missouri’s Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program in 2010 and 2011. Don performed at Missouri’s capitol and at the Old-time Music, Ozark Heritage Festival.

Don was titled “The Docent of the Walking Cane Dulcimer” in a 2011 Rural Missouri article written by J. Jenkins. “My dad, Bill Graves, played it ever since I can remember,” says Donald. “He learned to play it from my grandmother, and she learned from her father, John Mawhee, my great-grandfather. Dad played it for 75 years. When he passed away, I picked it up myself.”

As stated in the Rural Missouri article, it’s a love that has been passed down from generation to generation through the music. “When I play, I go back in time,” Donald says. “Sometimes, I can hear Dad playing and singing while I play and sing. It takes me back, and I’ll forget where I’m at. The more I play it, the more I enjoy it.”
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