Enjoy a Hammered Dulcimer Christmas With Joshua Messick

In the few years since relocating to Black Mountain, Joshua Messick has made his Hammered Dulcimer Christmas shows a not-to-be-missed holiday tradition guaranteed to fill the White Horse Black Mountain with happy listeners. On Friday, Dec. 1 at 8 p.m.

Messick will be joined by Celtic harpist Stephanie Messick, percussionist James Kylen and vocalist Kate Smith for a concert of crystalline, magical arrangements of seasonal favorites.

Joshua Messick’s loyal fans had long been asking for a Christmas CD, and he rewarded their patience with the release of 2014’s Hammered Dulcimer Christmas. The national champion hammered dulcimer player conceived and arranged the album on a five-octave instrument built by local master luthier Jerry Read Smith, who was instrumental in convincing Messick to move to the Swannanoa Valley. Although the selections are all familiar, Messick’s composer’s sensibility imparts freshness to every track.

The hammered dulcimer is a percussive instrument, but its ringing overtones also create beautiful, ethereal sounds that Messick uses to great advantage in his Christmas arrangements, always in touch with the spiritual power of the melodies. Renowned Black Mountain multi-instrumentalist Robin Bullock has reviewed the CD, stating that “Messick has set a new standard, for both hammered dulcimer and Christmas albums…He balances tradition and innovation superbly to give us a fresh, exciting take on holiday favorites that never violates their spirit.”

The show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $18 advance/$20 door. Tickets available online at http://www.whitehorseblackmountain.com

About Shelby Harrell

Shelby Harrell is the news editor of the Biltmore Beacon, editor of The Guide arts and entertainment publication and is a staff writer for Mountaineer Publishing. Originally from Asheville, she has worked in journalism for more than six years and currently lives in Clyde, NC.