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Dom Flemons Music Programs at the Library
American Folk History & Rhythm Bones Workshop

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At 1 pm, Dom will give an American Folk Music History Talk & Demonstration. This presentation will cover a wide range of folk styles and topics, spanning folk’s earliest roots in the U.S. through contemporary times. This all-ages event is free to the public.

At 2 pm Dom will offer a hands-on Rhythm Bones Workshop for ages 9 and up. Rhythmic clackers found all over the world, rhythm bones are one of humankind’s oldest instruments. The story of their earliest use in the U.S. is haunted by ghosts of our nation’s past that are important to honor and explore in today's socially and racially polarizing times.

Demonstrating six different bones techniques, Dom will incorporate basic rhythm exercises, as well as a few more complex styles. Participants can try out these techniques and are encouraged to bring and play other instruments as well. Dom will demonstrate bones accompaniment techniques for guitar and banjo, and other instruments (fiddle, harmonica, etc.) can join in to jam. There’s no participant max (we will hopefully have enough sets of bones for all to try!)

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