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A big drum circle under the blue skies and lush greenery of the Battelle Darby Metro Park will be just one of the highlights of the 17thth annual Central Ohio Folk Festival, May 3, 4, and 5.
The drum circle will be led by Michael Hough and David Tamulevich of the folk duo Mustard’s Retreat on Saturday May 4 from 5 to 6:30 p.m.
We’ll be pounding on drums, sticks, tree stumps, and anything else that can to the steady mesmerizing beat. Young and old are invited to join in.
But there are many other FREE aspects of the festival:
• a humongous pot-luck supper Friday night, followed by the “worst song in the world” contest.
• hourly spotlight concerts Saturday and Sunday by soloists, duos, and groups, singing and playing guitar, mandolin, banjo, dulcimer, harp, and other instruments. You’ll hear a wide range of folk music – work songs, slave songs, Celtic tunes, love songs, sea shanties, 1960’s protest, old English ballads, lullabies, and more.
• a special children’s area Saturday and Sunday with performers leading kids’ song and telling tall tales. Plus an “instrument petting zoo” to let children handle folk instruments.
• informal spontaneous jamming by anyone with an instrument or voice
For die-hard folkies, dozens of hour-long workshops will also be held. The topics range from unusual guitar tunings, song-writing, and nursery rhymes on dulcimer to how to play the pennywhistle and how to yodel.
Registration for the workshops will cost $35, but registrants will receive a bonus --- free admission to a special Saturday night concert. It will feature Cathy Barton, Dave Para, and Ed Trickett – 3 multi-talented musicians who sing and play a wide variety of instruments.
For more info, search the web for “Central Ohio Folk Festival.” Or contact Art or Sharon Mittenbergs at firstname.lastname@example.org.