Dulcimer group comes to Sundays at the Center

 The Tombigbee Dulicimer Group will be performing at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 10, during Sundays at the Center at the Louise Campbell Center for the Arts.
Staff Writer

The Mountain Dulcimer is a true American instrument.  It dates back to the early 1800's, originating in the Appalachian mountains. For those who are not familiar with dulcimer music, the Tombigbee Dulcimer Group is performing at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 10 at the Louise Campbell Center for the Arts during Sundays at the Center.

The Tombigbee Dulcimer Group was organized in Monroe County in 2004, to help preserve the tradition of playing "old time" folk music and church hymns on the Mountain Dulcimer.  The dulcimer, which means "sweet music," was developed in the Appalachian Mountains in the 1700's by Scotch-Irish settlers.

"Our group has Mountain Dulcimers, a bucket bass, guitar and banjammer," Lisa Cox, a member of the group, said. "We play hymns and secular music, if you know the lyrics you are welcome to sing along with us."

The members of the group are from Aberdeen, Amory, Fulton and Smithville.

"We play at a lot of nursing homes," Cox said. "I think there are about 15 that we play at on a regular basis in Aberdeen, Amory, Tupelo, Fulton and Mantachie. It’s really touching how much they enjoy us playing for them. Even if they have Alzheimers they remember the words to those hymns."

In addition to Skilled Nursing Facilities, the group plays for church luncheons, civic clubs and during the annual Spring Pilgrimage in Aberdeen.

According to Cox, the Scotch-Irish settlers brought the dulcimer with them when they immigrated to the new world. The instrument was easy to bring with belongings on an ocean voyage.
"It has a sort of bagpipe sound," Cox said. " Cox said. "We all think of it as music from the Appalachian mountains. If you've never seen a dulcimer or heard one being played, come to hear us, Sunday."

While not the group's first visit to West Point, it is their first time to perform during Sundays at the Center.

"We have played at the nursing homes in West Point before," Cox said. " But it has not been for a long time. We are looking forward to playing at the Louise Campbell Center for the Arts and we hope a lot of people will come to hear us."