By staff writer
Spike and Janis Huff are from Franklin County where they operate and teach at Home Folks Acoustic Music House. They will be performing at The Hermann Mill this weekend, Dec. 8-9, from 10-3 both days during the Kristkindl Markt weekend.
Janis teaches hammered dulcimer lessons and Spike teaches guitar, mountain dulcimer, fiddle and bass.
Their popular and unique gathering place called Music House is home to friendly weekend jam sessions and occasional special concerts.
Janis was introduced to the dulcimer in Mountain View, Ark., and says she hasn’t been the same since. She enjoys spreading dulcimer cheer at festivals, and local concerts.
Spike plays a variety of stringed instruments, his favorites being the guitar and fiddle. He also teaches private lessons at their
Music House, sings, and has several original tunes to his credit. Recently, he decided to try his own hand at the hammered dulcimer, and won the Southern Regional Contest in 2010.
Since retiring from the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department, Spike has started another venture – hand carving instruments on walking sticks and canes using forest wood from this area. Together, they enjoy sharing their music wherever their traveling takes them, whether it be a concert, festival, jam, or church gathering. They have performed at festivals across the state.
The Hermann Mill is located at 315 E First Street in downtown Hermann. For more information contact Kristkindl Markt Event Coordinator, Joan Treis, at 314-853-0831.