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Music of the Mountains - Minstrel of the Mountains
"He feels music deep inside and shares the experience through song. Not just any song. But music of the
mountains, the tunes of our ancestors, and the inspiration of men and women who built America. Matsinko was
born with a warm gleam in his eye and a story to tell. He uses music to do it. He sings
to us and tells us the story of ourselves. He is the minstrel of the mountains with a message of harmony.
And all we need to do is listen".
Donald R Serfass, Feature Editor, Times News. 10/2/15. Click here to read the entire article.
|Old-Time Traditional Folk Music...from the mountains to the mines.
With fine vocals, guitar, old-time banjo, mandolin, mountain dulcimer and a wealth of traditional folk
songs, Dave presents a program of Tunes and tales of coal miners, boatmen, railroaders, moonshiners
and other characters that bring the spirit of America's musical past into the present.
New CD! Dave's newest release celebrates the Anthracite coal miner and his family.
Please go to the Merchandise page for more info and to order!
Upcoming Performances- December 2018
Friday, November 30, 2018
Jim Thorpe, PA
Faculty Brass - 5:30 pm
Olde Time Christmas - Tree Lighting Ceremony
Saturday, December 1, 2018
Eckley Miners' Village
Old TIme Christmas -
Performing in the Sharpe House - 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Sunday, December 2, 2018
Christmas Cantata - 7:00 pm
Zion UCC Church, Second St. Lehighton, PA
Saturday, December 8, 2018
Boro Annex Building
Christmas Concert - The Lehighton Band
Sunday, December 9, 2018
Jim Thorpe, PA
Olde Time Christmas - 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The Faculty Brass
Strolling throughout the downtown area.
Please check back. More dates will be added.
Just added for 2018- House Concerts!
There are still dates available in November and December
Click here for more info
For a complete list of future performances, go to the schedule page.
What is Old-Time Music?
Old-time music is traditional music that developed in rural and often isolated areas of the Appalachian and other regions before
radio, record players, and other modern inventions. The two main strains of the music come from the banjo brought with many
of its common playing styles from Africa by Africans, and from the fiddle, which came from western Europe, particularly
Germany, Scotland and Ireland. The fiddle and banjo were played separately and together, particularly for dancing, in the
nineteenth century when music was used for house raisings, husking bees and community entertainment. It was played by
persons with ordinary jobs for their own entertainment. Songs and ballads, many imported from the British Isles and many
written on these shores, are also an important part of old-time music.
What are people saying-
"Made my day to see you Dave! You bring such joy thru your music to everyone who is blessed
enough to cross your path!
- Nancy B, after the MCLP Heritage Festival, Jim Thorpe, PA 9/18/2017
"By far, the best event of the entire day!"
- Annabelle. Earth Day Festival, Jim Thorpe, PA 2017
"Thank You! Loved the local songs"
"The kids always stayed interested and entertained, great fun songs!"
"Dave always does a wonderful job with the children. He holds their undivided attention from
beginning to end. Everyone loves and looks forward to his story hour at the library. Thank you"
-Parents and staff from recent Tunes & Tales at the Dimmick Memorial Library, Jim Thorpe, PA
"Live music rocks! I have three students who now want to play guitar and a teacher ready to dust
off her banjo and take lessons again. That was really fun. Thanks so much for sharing your talent
and time". - Lisa, Teacher at CCTI, Jim Thorpe, PA