Dan Duggan in Concert
Coming to the Danby Town Hall for a Sunday afternoon concert is master hammer dulcimer player Dan Duggan. The concert, sponsored by the Danby Community Council, will be held on Sunday, October 5, at 3 pm. Based in New York's North Country, Dan has been touring the country for more than twenty years and has won the National Hammered Dulcimer Championship. Dan plays the gamut from traditional Irish and French Canadian tunes to 18th century harp pieces to Adirondack mountain music to tunes that filled American dance halls in the 19th century. He has established his reputation, however, for his original, innovative compositions. Dan has played with Paul Simon on his "You're the One" album, won a Parents Choice award for one of his children's albums, and has been heard in snippets over the years on National Public Radio's "Morning Edition" and "All Things Considered".
In his solo concerts, Dan mixes things up with songs and tunes. Dan not only plays on a hammered dulcimer of his own design, but may bring with him a yang-quin, a Chinese dulcimer with a similar yet different sound. He is pretty good on guitar and banjo as well, and may take advantage of the concert piano that makes its home in the town hall. In concert, Dan creates an engaging mixture of music and storytelling. His deft enthusiasm makes traditional tunes sound fresh, while his soulful playing on his own contemporary tunes honors the heritage of his musical roots.
This Danby concert is free for all ages. It is sponsored by the Danby Community Council as part of the concert series supported by a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts/Community Arts Partnership of Tompkins County Decentralization Program.