Musicians Plan Dulcimer Class, Concert

DUBOIS – Nationally-known musicians, Neal and Coleen Walters, will teach a workshop and perform in concert Aug. 5 at the DuBois Business College.

The workshop is scheduled for 7 p.m. to be followed by a concert at 8:15 p.m. Suggested donations are $15 per person for the workshop or concert; or $20 per person for workshop and concert.

For additional information and to make reservations for the workshop, telephone 814-371-4627 between 9 a.m. and 10 p.m. daily.

Neal Walters will present a 45-minute mountain dulcimer workshop, “Right Hand Techniques:  There’s More to Your Right Hand Than Bum-Ditty-Bum.” The class introduces a variety of strumming techniques to add variety to music and to allow the player to “match the mood” of the material being performed.

A concert by Neal and Coleen Walters will follow at 8:15 p.m. Together they have recorded two duet albums, “Snowbirds” and “My Pathway Leads to Pennsylvania.”

Among their popular songs in performance are:  “Tennessee Blues,” “Aloha Oe,” “Just a Little While To Stay Here,” “Homesick For Heaven,” “No Telling.” “Sitting On Top Of The World,” “Snowbird,”  “Could I Have This Dance,” “Back Roads,” “Police Dog Blues,” and “She Lived Down by the Firehouse.”

The Walters operate Basement Music, a full service recording studio in Greencastle. They also travel to make music with John and Heidi Cerrigione, their musical partners in the band Doofus, and as a duo at various dulcimer and autoharp events across the country.

Neal Walters has been playing stringed instruments and performing for more than 30 years. He not only loves to sing and typically accompanies himself on the mountain dulcimer, guitar and autoharp, but he also plays fiddle, banjo, mandolin and bass. He was a member of the Mill Run Dulcimer Band for more than 20 years and recorded eight albums with that band.

Coleen Walters is a nationally-known artist in her own right. She was an active quilter for more than 30 years and was most recently a member of FiberWorks, a cooperative studio located at the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, VA. Her teaching credits include the International Quilt Festival, Quilt Surface Design Symposium, NQA Annual Shows and Quilter’s Heritage Celebration, as well as numerous guilds and stores. Her work has been featured in several national quilt magazines, and her quilts and clothing have been in exhibits in many states and countries. She operates her own art-to-wear design business, Coverings and also plays bass and sings harmony in Doofus.

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