Janita Baker has been playing
mountain dulcimer for over 30 years. Through her recordings,
books and appearances at festivals and workshops across the
United States she has become well-known for both her teaching
skills and Blue Lion Dulcimers, which she builds with her husband
Robert. To date, they have produced over 4000 mountain dulcimers.
The instruments are noted for their clarity, balance, and quality
of craftsmanship, and are played by many of the top performers
in the country. As a solo performer on the mountain dulcimer,
Janita presents her audiences with a wide range of musical experiences
including classical, traditional, delta and country blues, ragtime,
swing and original instrumental pieces. A gifted story teller,
Janita delights her listeners with a warm and personal sharing
of her music and introduces to her audience and her students
the incredible complexity, variety and beauty of the mountain
Arts centers and universities throughout the United
States have presented Madeline MacNeil in concert. Across the
Atlantic, she has performed at the O'Carolan Festival in Keadue,
County Roscommon, Ireland; the Glasgow Festival of the Arts
in Scotland; and for the Nonesuch Dulcimer Gathering in East
Norton, Leicestershire, England. For several years she was a
touring artist under the sponsorship of the Virginia Commission
for the Arts. In 2005 Madeline was recognized as a Content Consultant
for an exhibit of dulcimers and their scheitholt ancestors at
the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley in Winchester, Virginia.
She performed background vocals for a national Public Television
two-part documentary film, To Our Credit. In 2006 Muhammad Yunus
and the Grameen Bank, featured in To Our Credit, won the Nobel
Peace Prize for their efforts in creating economic and social
development to help impoverished countries gain democracy and
human rights. She is a best-selling author of mountain and hammered
dulcimer books for Mel Bay Publications and has recorded numerous
CDs through the years.
Cline has been in the folk music scene since
the sixties, teaching and performing with guitar, autoharp and
mountain dulcimer. She had her own TV show in Danbury, CT for
several years, ran coffee house concerts for 20 years, and in
the seventies began teaching at festivals throughout New England.
She has ten dulcimer books to her credit (with three more to
come ) and one on jug band instruments published by Oak. Homemade
Instruments for Children (also Music Sales ) has recently been
named a Classic. Now in Vermont, she is making lots of music
with a neighborhood dulcimer group.
is a product of the "let's-see-what-else-this-baby-can-do"
school of dulcimer -- which has led him into areas as diverse
as doo-wops, hard rock, marching band music, opera, and even
traditional fiddle tunes. He is chair of the Nutmeg Dulcimer
Festival, which is held every fall in Connecticut. www.NutmegDulcimer.com
is an accomplished dulcimer builder, teacher, and player. His
enthusiasm for this versatile instrument is apparent in his
workshops which build a solid foundation for even the most inexperienced
player. He and his wife, Mary, are sponsors of their annual
festival in Vermont, August Dulcimer Daze, now in its eighteenth
has been playing dulcimer for more than 23 years, and has taught
classes and workshops for children and adults in New York, Vermont,
Pennsylvania and Massachusetts. She has been coordinator of
the MDMF since our first festival in 1989, and has been on the
staff of the Cranberry Dulcimer Gathering in Binghamton, NY
since 1987. With George Haggerty, she has taught a week long
Dulcimer Elderhostel class in Vermont for the past 6 years.
She has published 3 books of dulcimer music: A Treasury of Christmas
Music for the Mountain Dulcimer, A Mountain Dulcimer Potpourri
– 33 Songs in DAA, and Night Songs and Lullabies for the
of Amherst, NH has been playing Appalachian dulcimer since 1994.
She teaches privately at her home, at the Adult Ed. Program
in Merrimack, NH and at festivals throughout NE. Her involvement
in fife & drum corps, Contra dance and Scottish & English
Country Dance, Sacred Harp singing and playing with the Strathspey
& Reel Society of NH Scottish orchestra has provided her
with a boundless supply of tunes and musical styles. Sandy's
book "Heart's Delight" contains an eclectic mix of
40 tunes arranged for dulcimer and includes a CD with TablEdit
software and all the tunes in .tef format for Windows or Macintosh.
CarolLynn & Gene Langley
have been performing on mountain dulcimer and autoharp for about
ten years and also enjoy teaching both children and adults at
festivals, schools, and other venues from VT to NC. Look for
their CD, "Speak a Little Louder, Please." The title
becomes more appropriate as the years go by!
learned to play several instruments before discovering the dulcimer
but none captured her interest or her heart the way this instrument
has. She has performed in a variety of settings both as a soloist
and in small groups and has taught at festivals throughout the
northeast. Beth, along with Nina Zanetti, performs on the compilation
CD, Masters of the Mountain Dulcimer Play Music For Christmas.
She is also the mountain dulcimer coordinator of the Cranberry
Dulcimer and Autoharp Gathering held in Binghamton every summer.
CMP, a Certified Music Practitioner and performer from New Jersey,
actively performs and teaches her gentle style of playing with
the dulcimer across the northeast coast. Her easy manner makes
learning to play fun. Bonnie has been giving lessons, teaching
at festivals and performing since 1991. Bonnie's original songs
of life and family can be found on her 3 recordings and 3 songbooks
to accompany the recordings, all in dulcimer tab. www.BonnieLeigh.com
has been making dulcimers and dulcimer music for ten years or
so, and loves to surprise people with his unusual soundholes
and unusual ways of playing. He's the author of Slide Dulcimer,
an instruction booklet.
has been playing mountain dulcimer for 40 years and has been
fascinated by how his playing has changed with the changes in
his instruments over time. Music never came easy for him and
in his workshop he shares his experience and love for the dulcimer
and music. www.JeremySeeger.com
sings and plays mountain dulcimer, fiddle, and other instruments
with three bands - Jimmyjo & the Jumbol'ayauhs (Cajun dance
band), Ti' Acadie (folk trio), and Scrod Pudding (contradance
teaches privately at her home in Bowdoin, ME, as well as at
the Nezinscot Farm Store in Turner, ME.
comes to dulcimer from a diverse musical background, including
choral music, violin, viola, piano, and shape note singing.
She has taught at dulcimer festivals in PA, VT, CT, and NY;
has produced a tablature book called The Softer Side of Dulcimer;
and has also co-authored (with Beth Lassi) two books of duet
arrangements. She and Beth are featured in Masters of the Mountain
Dulcimer Play Music for Christmas, and Nina has also produced
a CD of solos and duets, The Sum of the Parts, with Bill Collins.
Most recently, Nina became the 2008 National Mountain Dulcimer
Champion at the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, KS. www.NinaZanetti.com