Stroughmatt’s Fiddle Influences Featured at Ozark Folk Center State Park

Dennis Stroughmatt to perform Friday, Oct 2 at the Ozark Folk Center State Park. Show times are 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. in the Craft Village and 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. in the Large Auditorium.

Taught to play fiddle by local Creole fiddlers Roy Boyer and Charlie Pashia in the tradition of their fathers, Dennis gradually became an adopted son of the French Midwest Creoles living along the Mississippi River near St Louis.

A vibrant blend of Celtic, Canadian and Old Time sounds, this music bridges the gap between contemporary Canadian and Louisiana Cajun styles. Preserved by families in the Ozark foothills, the music remains largely intact and true to the traditions that have been passed down for over three centuries.

Daren Dortin, Ozark Folk Center Music Director says of Dennis; “the fiddle is such a popular and meaningful instrument in the development of American Folk music, it’s a real treat to hear Dennis brings his special talent to a modern audience.”

Combination tickets for both shows are available for $19.50 or tickets for individual performances are available for $12.00. Seating for both shows is general admission.

The Ozark Folk Center State Park is located at 1032 Park Avenue in Mountain View. Follow the signs to the Ozark Folk Center State Park, less than a mile from the Courthouse Square in downtown Mountain View. The park may also be reached by taking Hwy 5/9/14 (Sylamore Ave) to Jimmy Driftwood Parkway, which leads directly to the park entrance.

The mission of Ozark Folk Center State Park is to perpetuate, present and promote the Ozark way of life in an educational and enjoyable manner; through craft demonstrations, musical programs, the Heritage Herb Garden, workshops and other special events. For more information on this and other events visit or call 870-269-3851.