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Rick Hill, hammered dulcimer at Conewago Coffeehouse

Mar 29th, 2011 | By | Category: Events, Features

Sunday, April 3rd, 3 – 5 pm. 

Rick Hill, a folksinger from Thurmont, MD, will be performing folks songs from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s as well as his own compositions Sunday, March 6 at Conewago Coffee in Elizabethtown. The show is from 3-5 PM. Donations are welcome.

Rick Hill has been playing folk music since he was 10 years old. He learned to play guitar singing Peter, Paul and Mary hits like “Puff, the Magic Dragon,” “Leavin’ on a Jet Plane” and “”Blowin’ In the Wind.” As folk rock gaind popularity he quickly learned the songs of Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young as well as Simon and Garfunkle. Later he began exploring the roots of much of that music learning Appalachian and Celtic folk music.

Hill plays the songs on a variety of instruments including 6 and 12 string guitars, banjo and hammered dulcimer. He plays in a variety of styles including traditional folk, bluegrass, folk rock and country.

The power of the live performance is important to Hill. “A live performance needs to be more than just playing some songs. Audiences want to be moved. They want to be changed. They want to have an experience. I always try to give them that. I want the audience to leave feeling energized, ready to take on life.”

Hill is president of a new non-profit, F.A.M.E., Frederick Acoustic Music Enterprise ( whose goals are to nurture, promote and preserve the many genres of acoustic music in Frederick County. The group sponsors workshops, concerts and other live music events to help acoustic musicians hone their craft and to encourage venues to have live music.

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