Carter Family Tag

[caption id="attachment_14526" align="aligncenter" width="630"] Leah Dolgoy on the stage of the Carter Fold.[/caption] This May, the sweet-stringed sounds of Leah Dolgoy's autoharp will once again fill the Folk School campus with joy and magic. She returns to Brasstown to teach a music class focusing on the legacy of the Carter Family for continuing autoharpists. Leah is a two-term student host at the Folk School, she considers Appalachian old-time music to be her true love, and Brasstown a second home. [caption id="attachment_14531" align="alignright" width="233"]KS2A5198 Picking on the autoharp in the Music Studio[/caption] CP: When did you first hear the autoharp and what drew you to it? LD: I first heard the autoharp when a Canadian singer songwriter named Basia Bulat played it. I was actually at home with a fever, recovering from mononucleosis, and listening to a live broadcast of Basia’s concert on the CBC. I was immediately drawn to the instrument because of its unique sound. I remember listening  intently and trying to figure out what it was that she was playing. I was totally mesmerized. CP: Is the autoharp mostly a solo instrument or do you like to play with other people? LD: The autoharp can be either a solo instrument used to accompany yourself singing, or it works beautifully in an ensemble or a jam. I play it both ways but I certainly have a preference for playing with others. CP: You play autoharp in some indie folk bands, Corinna Rose and Heirloom. How do fans and show-goers respond to the autoharp?