Mike Anderson: The Dulcimer Guy

Mike Anderson, the Dulcimer Guy from Illinois, is coming to Baton Rouge to the Main Library on Goodwood Blvd. on December 8 to give two performances, one at 10:00 am and one at 6:30 pm. Mike is a multi-talented musician; in addition to dulcimer he plays guitar, banjo, ukulele, jaw harp and much more. Plus he loves to tell stories to children and he is an author and emcee. A little known fact is that Mike has influenced my dulcimer playing more than any other person.mike-anderson-img_1550Summer Appalachian State Week-long Dulcimer Workshop

Back in about 1998, when I got my first dulcimer, I needed to learn how to play it. I was just trying to read tab and figure things out myself. I had no concept of strumming, chords, arranging. I learned about the summer Appalachian State Week-long Dulcimer Workshop and made plans to attend. Participants took workshops, specialty classes, visited area dulcimer makers, workshop vendors and listened to concerts and jammed. It was a new and amazing world. Everyone seemed to know everyone else.

Mike Anderson was also at Appalachian State Dulcimer Workshop. I believe that he was in charge of vendors. He performed on stage. And he played a rendition of “Itsy-Bity Spider” that he wrote for his young son the just blew my mind. I never dreamed that a person could make such a simple song sound so jazzy. So that was really the beginning of my dulcimer playing adventure. Still can’t play like Mike–but I’m trying.

Visits to Louisiana to tell Ghost Stories at Halloween and  Visits in December, too

In the 2000’s Mike began to make trips to Louisiana around Halloween in the Lafayette area. He told ghost stories at Halloween events and played at area  libraries. He is still coming to Louisiana around Halloween and now comes in December, too. This year he is story-telling — about  Hugo — somehow related to Santa Claus. You will need to attend to find out the total story.

  • Thursday, December 8 – Instrumental Dulcimer, 10:00 am Mike Anderson plays at
  • Main Branch, East Baton Rouge Library
  • Thursday, December 8 – Hugo’s Coming to Town, 6:30 pm, Mike Anderson tells Christmas story at Main Branch, East Baton Rouge Librarymike-anderson-2014-lagnaippe-dulcimer-fete

Mike Anderson at Lagniappe Fêtes

Mike has attended as a performer and emcee at several of our Lagniappe Dulcimer fêtes in March. Here he is in March 2004 playing jaw harp.mike-anderson-at-2004-lagniappe-fete-7227230-r1-050-23a

The Lagniappe Dulcimer Society arranged to have key performers play a program at Port Allen public schools in those early fête years to expose children to folk music and the dulcimer. Here is Mike playing at Cohn Elementary School.

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So if you are available, come and hear Mike at the library — playing folk instruments in the morning and telling a fascinating story in the evening. And the Lagniappe Society will be playing several places, too, in December. Here is a list:

  • Saturday, December 3, at 8:00 am, Red Stick Farmer’s Market
  • Sunday, December 4, at 3:00 pm, Rural Life Museum Christmas Celebration
  • Wednesday, December 7, at 4:00 pm, Bluebonnet Library, Gator Girls and Lagniappe members, Christmas music for children with lots of rhythm instruments.
  • Thursday, December 8, at 2:00 pm, Christmas Party for Jane’s Assisted Living facility (private party)
  • Thursday, December 8 – Instrumental Dulcimer, 10:00 am Mike Anderson plays at
    Main Branch, East Baton Rouge Library
  • Thursday, December 8 – Hugo’s Coming to Town, 6:30 pm, Mike Anderson tells Christmas story at Main Branch, East Baton Rouge Library
  • Monday, December 12, at 6:30 pm, Lagniappe Dulcimer Society Christmas party, Pot Luck Supper and open stage
  • Wednesday, December 14, at 4:00 pm. Pride Library, Gator Girls play Christmas music
  • Thursday, December 15, at 1:00 pm, Fairwood Library, Red Stick Strummers and Lagniappe play Christmas Music
  • Saturday, December 17, at 8:00 am, Red Stick Farmer’s Market

 

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