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"Sit back and recall or think about the days when music was played in the parlor, on the front porch, or under the canopy of an old shade tree. Tap your toes to a lively variety of tunes and experience tales of the tradition and history of dulcimer music."

A presentation that is entertaining and informative, “Dulcimer Tunes & Tales” is a musical/narrative program that features the hammered dulcimer, recalling its music and heritage. The program includes a variety of tunes, anecdotes and demonstrations of how to play both the hammered and mountain dulcimers. Participants are offered a hands-on opportunity to play the instruments.

Tailored for any group, “Tunes & Tales” is an enjoyable presentation for libraries, schools, senior, church and civic groups, clubs and organizations. Partial funding may be available through the Illinois Arts Council "Artstour" program.

Critics and Reviews:

  • Chosen for LACONI (Library Admin./Northern IL) “Best of the Best” program guide.
  • "Ms. Farley is a talented musician with a friendly, entertaining style. Our audience loved her music, the presentation... I highly recommend her!" -Susan G. Clark, Head of Information Services, Zion-Benton Public Library
  • "This was first-class. What a nice program... if the library has more programs like this, she will tell her friends to come" - audience member response as quoted in the Zion-Benton News, April 17, 2003
  • "When (our teacher) said you were coming, I thought it would be dumb, but it was cool!" - 7th grade student
  • "Sherri and her colleagues gave a delightful performance. She is talented, professional, and took extra time to explain the history of the dulcimer, demonstrate and answer questions from an appreciative audience." - Vicky Trupiano, Library Director, Reddick Library
  • "I just want to tell you how very much the ladies enjoyed your performance. The next day I met a lady...she stopped me to say how much she enjoyed your music and explanation of the dulcimer. I am going to forward one of your brochures..." -Dorine Engel, Kankakee Women's Club
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