Paul Imholte, Arts
Traditional string instruments
Venues: Arts & Educational Programming
The following is a sample introduction you can use when introducing Paul Imholte to your audience:
Paul Imholte (pronounced im holt)
“If it has strings, Paul Imholte probably plays it. Paul started off learning to play his great, great, grandfather’s fiddle. Along the way he’s picked up the guitar, hammered dulcimer, mandolin, banjo, jaw harp, autoharp, and the list goes on and on, so that he’s been dubbed the ‘musical stringman’. He has released five CDs of music and has performed at concerts and festivals from New York to California. Please welcome the musical stringman, Paul Imholte!”
The technical needs for this artist vary depending on the type of show and presentation space. Specific details can be discussed when contracting artist.
Paul Imholte, The Musical Stringman presents a variety of programs about cultural heritage and the arts. A native of Minnesota, Paul is an accomplished musician, singer, songwriter, and composer.
Paul received his designation as “The Musical Stringman” through his mastering of string instruments and incorporating nearly a dozen string instruments into his performances and recordings. Paul’s featured instrument is the hammered dulcimer, an ancient string instrument from the Middle East. In addition, Paul performs with the fiddle, guitar, banjo, mandolin, viola, cello, harmonica, jaw harp, auto harp, and spoons.
Paul has developed the following programs that will engage people of all ages:
- Paul Imholte Traditional Strings Workshop and Concert: Folk musician Paul Imholte presents a workshop and concert to acquaint young audiences with traditional string instruments of America. Audience members will be given an opportunity for hands-on experience producing sound and playing on the hammered dulcimer and mountain dulcimer, fiddle, banjo, mandolin, guitar, and autoharp. Paul will also feature each instrument in a performance piece throughout the program. This program is a great addition to an Artist in Residency series within educational settings, libraries, and community centers and can include separate workshops for classes or groups with a public performance as a capstone to the residency. Audience: Children & Families.
- Farm Songs of the Midwest, Performance: Paul Imholte and Karie Oberg perform as THE TARVEYS with original songs of farming and small town life in the Midwest. The music is a testament to Minnesota’s cultural heritage, describing the people who work and live on the land. Karie’s amazing vocal ability combined with Paul’s mastery performing on many string instruments create a performance that will captivate audiences and connect Minnesotans to their history, heritage, and community. Audience: All Ages.