HEARTS OF THE DULCIMER
Directed by Patricia Delich and Wayne Jiang
Category: Documentary Feature
Run Time: 72 min
Cast: Michael Rugg, Neal Hellman, Howard Rugg, Joellen Lapidus
Synopsis: The mountain dulcimer originated in the Shenandoah Valley/Southern Appalachian region of the US around the turn of the 19th century. In the late 1960s, the instrument found its way into the California counterculture. It enjoyed a revival in the 1970s and early 1980s, particularly in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Breaking from tradition, the mountain dulcimer went through a transformation in both sound and shape in California. The small, quiet instrument became bigger and louder, and players adopted new genres for the instrument ranging from classical to jazz to rock. HEARTS OF THE DULCIMER gives a firsthand account of living life in the counterculture, following one's passion and playing and building mountain dulcimers.