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Dwight Diller

"...the deepest player of clawhammer banjo there is." --Tony Trischka Share

Thursday , April 15, 1999
12:00 am
Location: Elderly Instruments
in-store performance (free)

Dwight Diller has taught and played the eighteenth and nineteenth century music of the Appalachian mountains all of his adult life. Highly respected as a performer, teacher and lecturer, Diller is a master of clawhammer banjo and old time fiddle. Diller will play a free in store performance at Lansing's Elderly Instruments (1100 N. Washington) at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 15. A West Virginia native whose ancestors were some of the earliest settlers of the region, Diller spent countless hours learning and absorbing the music from the older musicians who were his friends, relatives and neighbors. His "discovery" and eventual friendship with the Hammons family led to the Library of Congress recordings released as a two record set in 1973. Today this is considered one of the most important documentations of West Virginia's folk culture. Gerry Milnes, coordinator of Folklife Programs at the Augusta Heritage Center says; "Dwight Diller's performance cuts right to the bone. Whether driving a banjo tune, raising a rare old ballad or hymn, awakening an old time fiddle tune, or retelling a humorous tale, it's a significant expression of values." Banjo virtuoso Tony Trischka calls Diller "the deepest player of clawhammer banjo there is . . ." Don't miss this opportunity to see and hear this unique artist as he carries this authentic traditional music into the 21st century.

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