Galax Dulcimer/Melton Family Tradition – “Galax Style” is the term given to cover a type of dulcimer and a style of playing from the southwestern area of the state of Virginia, in particular the playing of one family in and around the area of Galax – the Meltons. This dulcimer style dates back to the mid-1800s and is one of the oldest in the history of mountain dulcimers predating the dulcimer revival which started around the 1960s.
On October 30, 2018, Bridgewater resident Phyllis Gaskins shared her story of how she fell in love with the Galax Style dulcimer, and how it became her passion to preserve and share this style of music for generations to come. Phyllis brought her collection of Galax dulcimers, and presented a slide show of history, and making of the instrument.
Phyllis is the ultimate authority on Galax duclimers and their history, though that is nothing that she set out to do! So our club experienced a unique opportunity to learn first hand from the acknowledged expert!
BRMDPC has been busy this summer!!
2nd and 4th Sunday Jams by Old Joe Clark’s Cabin at Humpback Rocks Visitor Center have been lovely gathering times. Even on hot days, the shade of the old tree provides a comfortable gathering place where folks stop by to listen and watch on their way to the cabin and trailhead.
Our 3rd Saturday Jam in August also took place on the Blue Ridge Parkway, as they celebrated their 100th Anniversary of the National Park Service. In spite of spitting rain as we gathered, we played on and skies cleared.