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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!
Just added for 2017- House Concerts!
Click here for more info
Friday- December 1, 2017
Jim Thorpe, PA -Old Time Christmas Tree Lighting w/The Faculty Brass
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Sunday- December 10, 2017
Jim Thorpe, PA -Old Time Christmas. Strolling the downtown area w/The Faculty Brass
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Tuesday- December 12, 2017
Jim Thorpe, PA- Dimmick Memorial Library, Storytime 10:00 am.
Tunes & Tales- Song, stories and activities. Traditional American Folk Music
This month's theme- Reindeer
Please check back. More dates will be added.
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