Paul Imholte "The Stringman"
If it has strings, Paul Imholte probably plays it. Known as the “stringman,” Paul Imholte plays nearly a dozen folk instruments. Paul will present a program of traditional Celtic, American, and original music. A master of the hammered dulcimer, Paul is a huge proponent of introducing this somewhat rare and enchanting instrument to audiences across the Midwest. The hammered dulcimer is a trapezoid shaped instrument that is struck with light hammers and is a forerunner of the modern piano. On the dulcimer, Paul plays Irish jigs, light classical music, and his instrumental compositions. Along with the hammered dulcimer, he also sings and plays fiddle, guitar, mandolin, banjo, autoharp, cello, mountain dulcimer, and jaw harp. Paul sings songs about farms, small towns, and people that make their living on the land. He has released ten CDs of hammered dulcimer instrumentals, children music,and farm songs. A native of St. Cloud, Minnesota, he performs at festivals and concerts throughout the United States, and now at Sandhill Center for Performing Arts!