Sometimes working at a Historical Museum can be a good thing. One of the good things about being in charge is that I can plan the programs. Some programs are gently suggested by Board members. Some ideas just happen and grow and blossom.
I met Bill in the museum..he told me that he had a keen interest in musical instruments. I invited him to one of our meetings..he showed up and has been coming ever since.
Bill plays the Nyckelharpa or Swedish Key Fiddle. There are thousands of nyckelharpa players in Sweden. There are about 175 nyckelharpa players in the United States. Twenty of them live in Minnesota..and one in Hubbard County..my friend Bill.
There are 16 strings, 4 of which are played with a short bow in the right hand. The remaining 12 strings vibrate sympathetically giving the instrument its unique sound. There are 37 keys in three rows that are played with the left hand. A tangent attached to each key touches the string when the key is pushed to change the pitch of the string.
Bill played for our carving showcase in May. It was a perfect time for me to get some publicity photos!
Bill loves to play and he loves to share everything he knows about the nyckelharpa.
For local people who read my blog. Bill will be performing this evening on the courthouse lawn in Park Rapids Minnesota. Bring your lawn chair the weather looks like it may cooperate..we should have a wonderful evening! Mark our very talented new President plays the Banjo and the Mandolin..he will be playing also..I call this event “Music on the Courthouse Lawn.” The event begins at 7:30 PM today Monday June 25th 2012.
I felt this program would generate some publicity and it is a good way to reach out into the community. We are not your grandmothers historical museum anymore:)