On Saturday, Dec. 21, Susie Hutchison, of Frankfort, will sing and perform holiday music on Appalachian dulcimer from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea.
Hutchison came to the Appalachian dulcimer from a musical background and was introduced to it by her aunt Rebecca Caudill. She began playing at dulcimer festivals in 1984, and has been playing music ever since.
Hutchison plays the dulcimer using various harmonies and complex chords and rhythms that give a rich, full sound, and reveal a versatility that few expect in this instrument.
Her repertoire includes traditional English, Appalachian fiddle and dance tunes, as well as classical favorites by such composers as Mozart and Handel. Holiday selections include French, English, German and Welsh carols as well as such traditional favorites as “Jingle Bells” and “Go Tell it on the Mountain.”
Hutchison has delighted audiences of all backgrounds at festivals, churches, historic homes, museums and private venues in many states. Her performances also include stories on how the instrument has evolved and spread, and how it became important to people all over the world.