Final Guitars and Gateaux concert to feature Americeltic

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By Kirsten Laskey

Ricko Donovan will make his Guitars and Gateaux concert series debut with a hybrid of music. He refers to this musical mesh as Americeltic.

To perform this type of music, Donovan plays the guitar and the hammered dulcimer.

The hammered dulcimer, series coordinator Greg Schneider, explained is very different from the dulcimer, which a musician lays in his or her lap and plays like guitar.

“The hammered dulcimer looks like an autoharp on steroids,” he said. The instrument is on a stand and its strings run at an angle. Schneider described the hammered dulcimer appearing like the inside of a piano, but rather than having keys hit the strings, the musician strikes them with hammers.

As a result, the instrument is “capable of some really interesting virtuosic sounds,” Schneider said.

To get the sounds down right, Donovan spent seven years in Europe writing songs and mastering the art of traditional folk music. He has toured extensively in the Southwest and is currently on the road to support two new releases, “Kilmoon Road,” and “Laughing Silver String.”

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