A musical conversation with Dick Kimmel set Feb. 22

NEW ULM – CASTLE (Community And Seniors Together Learning Environment) Lifelong Learning will host a musical conversation with bluegrass musician Dick Kimmel at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 22, at the upper level of the Community Center.

The event is open to the public. It is free to CASTLE members, and admission is $7 for non-members.

Kimmel has been associated with traditional bluegrass and old-time country music for more than 50 years as a performer, recording artist, workshop instructor, historian and songwriter. He is a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist playing guitar, mandolin and clawhammer banjo. While living in West Virginia during the 1960s and 1970s, Kimmel performed and recorded with many great bluegrass musicians. Today, he has more than two dozen recordings to his credit and has been inducted into the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame, the Mid-America Music Hall of Fame and the Traditional County and Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame. Based in southern Minnesota for the last 30 years, Kimmel performs solo, with his bluegrass band, Dick Kimmel & Co, and as part of two duets.

The event is open to the public. Kimmel will hold a Q&A and discuss the music business, his instruments and his love of bluegrass music.

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