Replacing The Irreplaceable

Concert will fund dulcimer for musicians’ friend

Posted: February 15, 2013 at 1:47 a.m.

Losing a musical instrument “is kind of like something’s been ripped off your body,” says musician and music lover Mike Shirkey. “It’s something you take for granted, then one day you reach for it, and it’s not there.” In this case, Shirkey not only misses the dulcimer he built many years ago, he worries about what happened to it, “how it’s going to end its life. It was a real special instrument.” Getting the dulcimer back isn’t likely. It was stolen from Shirkey’s Goshen home while he was at a funeral in Stuttgart.

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Whats Up, Pages 13 on 02/15/2013