Ken and Jeanie with Don Pedro Dimas, Ichupio Room , Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico - 1986

Ken and Jeanie with Don Pedro Dimas, Ichupio Room , Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico - 1986

We went down to Mexico with a Spanish Class from UNM in 1986 and stayed in Morelia for over a month. We had been given Don Pedro's contact info by Lee Birch, a wonderful Californio musician, who had been a friend of Sr. Dimas for many years. While we were in Morelia we visited Sr. Dimas almost daily at the Ichupio Room (Don Pedro was from the village of Ichupio near Lake Patzquaro) and played with him, learning some of the Purepecha music that he plays. We had the good fortune to be able to play with him and his band in a procession in his colonia. It last several hours and rained the whole time. Our bows were in pretty rough shape. We left him with a fiddle and Ken returned to the US with Don Pedro's fiddle, which had some serious problems with the neck and top. Ken replaced the top and the neck and was able to return it to him when Sr. Dimas was in Chicago showing the beautiful straw folk art figures that he makes.