Today In Mountain Dulcimer History: 15 September 1936

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Today In Mountain Dulcimer History: 15 September 1936

Postby dbennett » Fri Sep 15, 2017 5:55 am

Enos Yeager (1936-2012) was born in Birmingham Alabama. Enos Yeager was prominent in the dulcimer world in southern Tennessee and northern Alabama for many years and was president of the Paul Pyle Dulcimer Club in Tullahoma, Tennessee. Many local mountain dulcimer players still remember playing with Enos, while others have one of his dulcimers.

When I asked his son, Roy, how Enos became interested in mountain dulcimers he said his dad always dabbled in music and had read about dulcimer maker Bill Davis in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. While Enos was still in the Army and the Yeager family was moving from Maryland back to El Paso, Texas in 1973 they stopped at Bill Davis’ shop and bought a mountain dulcimer kit. Having completed the kit Enos decided he could make dulcimers himself.

Enos once presented Roy Acuff with a “double dulcimer” (courting dulcimer) that he made and played on the Grand Old Opry. This double dulcimer was displayed for a time at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee.

He even played a broomstick dulcimer on Hee Haw (and at local dulcimer festivals) that he made.
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