YouTube musician rides viral wave into Dublin Pub

Indiana-based hammer dulcimer player Ted Yoder, performing at Dublin Pub in Dayton on Sunday, April 15, became a YouTube sensation after his cover of the Tears for Fears song, Everybody Wants to Rule the World, drew members of the group to his farm for a new live version of the song. CONTRIBUTED

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Indiana-based hammer dulcimer player Ted Yoder, performing at Dublin Pub in Dayton on Sunday, April 15, became a YouTube sensation after his cover of the Tears for Fears song, Everybody Wants to Rule the World, drew members of the group to his farm for a new live version of the song. CONTRIBUTED

Ted Yoder is not what you might expect from a YouTube sensation.

The Indiana-based hammer dulcimer player, presenting two shows at Dublin Pub on Sunday, April 15, saw his career gain momentum in 2016 after his video cover of the Tears for Fears song, “Everybody Wants to Rule the World,” drew members of the group to his farm for a new live version of the song.

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“That was extremely humbling,” Yoder said. “For one, to think you can work at something for six or seven years and then something silly like that takes off. You wonder what stars had to align to make that happen but that exposure has helped with some bookings.”

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Indiana-based hammer dulcimer player Ted Yoder, performing at Dublin Pub in Dayton on Sunday, April 15, became a YouTube sensation after his cover of the Tears for Fears song, Everybody Wants to Rule the World, drew members of the group to his farm for a new live version of the song. CONTRIBUTED

Indiana-based hammer dulcimer player Ted Yoder, performing at Dublin Pub in Dayton on Sunday, April 15, became a YouTube sensation after his cover of the Tears for Fears song, Everybody Wants to Rule the World, drew members of the group to his farm for a new live version of the song. CONTRIBUTED

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Indiana-based hammer dulcimer player Ted Yoder, performing at Dublin Pub in Dayton on Sunday, April 15, became a YouTube sensation after his cover of the Tears for Fears song, Everybody Wants to Rule the World, drew members of the group to his farm for a new live version of the song. CONTRIBUTED

Yoder has a sense of humor about the circumstances of his increased exposure, but he appreciates the reality of the situation.

“I’m typically making a little more money per gig, so I’m not doing as many small coffeehouse gigs,” he said. “The really cool thing is the video has opened some doors and given me some social cred I haven’t had before. I’m getting into some theaters and listening rooms that have actual talent buyers who only bring in people they know will be a good fit and will make them money.”

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Yoder’s original instrumental take on “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” was an Internet sensation, garnering close to one million views. The trend continued when Tears For Fears leader Curt Smith and drummer Jamie Wollam visited Yoder’s farm in Goshen, Ind. for a new live, impromptu collaborative video performance of the song

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“They hung out here about four hours,” Yoder said. “We were talking, eating donuts and drinking coffee. We got the instruments out and we were just playing around and having fun. Then Curt said, ‘Hey, do you want to try to work up a rendition of ‘Everybody Wants to Rule the World’ and we’ll go live with it?’ I was like, ‘Geez, OK. Yeah, let’s do that.’

“The funny thing is I wasn’t nervous at all playing with them,” he continued. “Curt was just a regular guy. He couldn’t be more humble and more human. He didn’t once make me feel like I was in the presence of royalty or anything like that. It was just a couple of somewhat veteran musicians sitting around, having fun and making music.”

While Yoder has performed in the Dayton area, Sunday’s show is his first time at Dublin Pub. Show times Sunday are 4 and 7 p.m. Local group Viva la Strings will open each show.

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WANT TO GO?

Who: Ted Yoder with local group Viva la Strings

Where: Dublin Pub, 300 Wayne Ave., Dayton

When: 4 and 7 p.m. Sunday, April 15

Cost: $10

More info: 937-224-7822 or www.dubpub.com

Artist info:www.tedyoder.com

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