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Bob Shank

Bob Shank plays hammered dulcimer
Nov 3 | 11am to 7pm
Nov 4 | 11am to 7pm
Nov 5 | 11am to 4pm

Elizabeth Moore Hall

Bob Shank's passion for the hammered dulcimer began when, as a teenager, he heard Farmington's Russell Fluharty. For Bob, the instrument was the perfect combination of strings and percussion. Later, at WVU, Bob met Worley Gardiner and got a chance to try playing one himself. He was hooked, and soon added hammered dulcimer to his banjo and guitar playing in the band Hickory Wind.

Hickory Wind recorded critically acclaimed LPs on Chicago's Flying Fish label and toured nationally, sharing stages with Doc Watson, John Prine, Jackson Brown, The Chieftains and many others. They even opened for Steely Dan at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. Additionally, they performed in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East as cultural ambassadors for the U.S. State Department.

Bob has taught hammered dulcimer classes at the Augusta Heritage and Allegheny Echos workshops and has been featured as a master artist.

Bob has performed on WV Public Radio's Mountain Stage three times and has recorded several solo albums. He recorded his most recent album, "Don't Worry About the Moon, Just Dance," on his own Otter Slide label. Currently, he performs regularly with Stewed Mulligan, Buffalo Run, and--when possible--Hickory Wind.

Free and open to the public

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