Free trip to Ireland with Rizzetta’s Tones

By on March 15, 2017

Rizzetta’s Tones will perform a St. Patrick’s Day-themed concert March 19, at 2 p.m., at the Eicher Arts Center, 409 Cocalico St., in Ephrata Borough’s Grater Park.

Rizzetta’s Tones is an American Celtic world band, but Bill Stine of Rizzetta’s Tones said Irish music will take the spotlight at the admission-free event March 19.

The program “will go all over the world,” Stine said, “but always coming back to the Emerald Isle.”

The group’s name honors Sam Rizzetta, a pioneer in the use of the hammer dulcimer, one of the multiple musical instruments the band features. The band’s March 19 tools will also include the Irish whistle, the bouziki, and the button accordion, and there will be some a cappella and four-part harmony singing.


Stine’s many instruments include the hammer dulcimer. Amanda Wells plays guitar, Linda Lohr the silver flute and percussion, and Randy Kochel the hammer dulcimer and bouziki.

Aiding the four musicians March 19 will be sound engineers Jeff Burkholder and Jared McDonald, and what Stine calls the band’s “den mother,” Jeannie Dickel, who helps with many of the organizational details so important to a regional band.

Stine said the band members felt “unbelievably honored to be asked back to the Eicher for the third year in a row.”

The Eicher House, Stine said, “is a marvelous place to play. The closer our band is to people, the more we like it.”

Refreshments will be provided at the March 19 event. Donations to the non-profit Eicher Arts Center will be accepted.

Learn more by visiting Eicher Arts Center on Facebook.

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