Dulci-More Concert Series

Meeting Room of the Dale Shaffer Research Library

Of the Salem Historical Society

239 South Lundy, Salem, Ohio 44460

Use Lundy Entrance & Municipal Parking Lot across Lundy

Door from Dale Shaffer Way (Was East Alley) Will Generally Be Locked

 

Admission at Door – $10 per Person per Concert ($15 for June 22, 2017)

Additional $5 Total for All Children in a Family

No Advance Reservations Needed

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Contact Bill Schilling at bill@dulcimore.org or

234-564-3852

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Spring 2016 Concert Series

Rolly Brown

Friday, March 10 at 7:30 PM

A lifelong student of the guitar, Rolly Brown has been a National Fingerpicking Champion, a Philadelphia Music Award nominee, a solo performer, teacher, and sideman for many well-known artists. Over 50 years, folk, blues, ragtime, bluegrass, country, & jazz have each been his passions. Acoustic Guitar Magazine says, “an exceptionally melodic, articulate playing style that takes full advantage of the acoustic guitar’s beautiful tone.” Wise sage Bennett Hammond says, “He’s the real deal, the gen-you-wine article, the guitar picker’s guitar picker.” Blues master Andy Cohen (who IS prone to hyperbole) told Rolly, “Dammit, you are the best that ever was. You may quote me.” A native Clevelander, Rolly may be remembered for his early collaborations with Alex Bevan and solo performances and teaching in the Cleveland and Kent areas in the 60s and 70s. He has many instructional DVD's available through Stefan Grossman's Guitar Workshop at guitarvideos.com.

 

Mark Wade

Friday, April 7 at 7:00 PM

To say that Mark Alan Wade is an eclectic performer understates the acoustic explosion of music his concerts ignite. His visit to a dulcimer player's home in Kentucky lit the spark that started it all. Over a decade later, Mark is a headlining performer in concerts and music festivals around the country.

Mark's audiences are drawn into a broad spectrum of emotions that his music evokes. Mark captures the joy of American traditional music from fiddle tunes to Texas Swing to Jazz. Just after he has fired off a fiddle tune with a frenzied display of technical marvel, his mastery of the subtleties and finesse of Celtic Airs and Chopin Nocturnes will put a tear in your eye. It's not surprising that his 1998 National Contest-winning repertoire included a Celtic ballad, a contemporary piece by Rich Mullins, a Baroque harpsichord solo and, of course, Danny Boy.

One of Mark’s first times teaching and performing at a festival was for Dulci-More Festival 2, and he has been back many times to perform and teach at later Dulci-More Festivals. He is often joined in performance by his wife, his father, and others. We have not yet determined who might be with him for this performance, but his web site says, “Mark and friends will perform a concert featuring hammered and mountain dulcimers.

 

Ken & Brad Kolodner Trio (with Alex Lacquement)

Thursday, June 22 at 7:00 PM (Admission $15)

The dynamic father-son team Ken & Brad Kolodner weave together a captivating soundscape on hammered dulcimer, banjo, fiddles and vocals pushing the boundaries of the American Old-Time tradition into uncharted territory. Regarded as one of the most influential hammered dulcimer players and Old-Time fiddlers in North America, Baltimore’s Ken Kolodner has joined forces with his son Brad Kolodner, a rising star in the clawhammer banjo world. Together, they infuse their own brand of driving, innovative, tasteful and unique interpretations of traditional and original Old-Time tunes and songs with a “creative curiosity that lets all listeners know that a passion for traditional music yet thrives in every generation.”

They regularly perform as a quartet with fiddler, guitarist and vocalist Rachel Eddy, formerly of Uncle Earl, and bassist Alex Lacquement who locks everything together with his commanding and tasteful choices.

Ken & Brad released their first recording, Otter Creek, in 2011 which became the most played instrumental recording on the international Folk-DJ Radio charts. Brad’s original composition “Otter Creek” was the most played instrumental on the charts. Ken & Brad released Skipping Rocks, their second album, in September 2013 to much critical acclaim. Skipping Rocks debuted at #4 on the Folk-DJ Charts and in the top 20 on the Roots Music Charts. They are set to release their third studio album in the fall of 2016. The new recording will feature Ken & Brad with Rachel Eddy and Alex Lacquement. Rachel Eddy hails from West Virginia, where she grew up steeped in Appalachian music and dance. Rachel's multi-instrumental talents and soulful singing bring an incredibly powerful energy to the group. Alex Lacquement is one of the most in-demand and versatile bass players in the Mid-Atlantic.

Concert appearances for Ken & Brad include performances at The Kennedy Center, The Walnut Valley Festival, The Old Songs Festival, The Birchmere, The Charm City Folk and Bluegrass Festival, The Champlain Valley Folk Festival, and The Creative Alliance as well as numerous live radio broadcasts, concerts and festivals along the Eastern seaboard from North Carolina to Vermont and across the country from Wisconsin to Arizona. Prior to performing with his son regularly in 2009, Ken toured and recorded for many years with the legendary world music trio Helicon with Chris Norman and Robin Bullock.

Ken Kolodner previously appeared in Salem at the Salem High School Auditorium for the Salem Community Concert Association. We hope that many people who were members of Salem Community Concerts will come out to once again welcome Ken to Salem and to see where his musical journey has taken him. You won’t be disappointed!

 

Fall 2016 Concert

Four Shillings Short Concert

Sunday, October 23, 2016 at 2:30 PM

 

Masters of Over 30 Instruments from Ireland & California

Singer/Songwriters and Interpreters of Songs

Four Shillings Short have a repertoire of music that ranges from the Celtic lands to the Americas and from Medieval & Renaissance Europe to India. They are performers and educators who perform on a fantastic array of instruments (over 30) including Hammered Dulcimer, Mandolin, Mandola, Bouzouki, Tinwhistles, Recorders, Medieval and Renaissance Woodwinds, North Indian Sitar, Charango, Bowed Psaltery, Banjo, Bodhran, Guitar, Percussion, vocals, and even a Krumhorn. Celebrating their 21st year together, the husband/wife duo, of Aodh Og O Tuama from Cork, Ireland and Christy Martin from California, tour in the US and perform at Celtic and Folk festivals, theatres and performing arts centers, coffeehouses, folk societies, libraries, schools, yoga and retreat centers, historical societies, and churches. They have several different shows they offer as well as workshops. In a single night, Four Shillings Short perform Traditional Irish tunes and airs, Indian Ragas, Folk Ballads, Old-Time songs, Medieval & Renaissance instrumentals and a cappella numbers as well as contemporary folk and original compositions.

Concerts, Educational Presentations & Workshops: Celtic & World Music from Medieval times to the present Around the World in 30 Instruments Seasonal Concerts for the Celtic Holidays of Samhain, Beltaine, Imbolg, Lunasa & Winter Solstice A Concert of Sacred Music from India, Medieval & Renaissance Europe, Ireland and America A Concert of Gaelic Songs Workshops on Singing in Gaelic, Tinwhistle, Hammered Dulcimer, Bodhran & Sitar.

Select Perfomances; Potomac Celtic Festival, Leesburg, VA; Willamette Valley Folk Festival, Eugene, OR; Hiawatha Folk Festival, Marquette, MI; Mid-America Celtic Festival, Hot Springs, AR; Minnesota Irish Fair, St. Paul, MN; Big Top Chautauqua, Washburn, WI; Chicory House, Wilkes-Barre, PA; The Meeting Place, Midleton, County Cork, Ireland; Two Way Street Coffeehouse, Downers Grove, IL; Club Passim, Cambridge, MA; Nietzsche's, Buffalo, NY; Paddy Reilly's, NYC, NY; Bound for Glory, Ithaca, NY; The Sounding Board, W. Hartford, CT; Woodstock Folk Festival, Woodstock, IL; Kilworth Arts Center, Kilworth, County Cork, Ireland; The Starry Plow, Berkeley, CA; St James Church Concerts, Dingle, County Kerry, Ireland; Louisville Dulcimer Society, Louisville, KY; Heartland Dulcimer Festival, Elizabethtown, KY; Dulci-More Festival, Lisbon, OH

Library & School Programs: As an offshoot of their music, they have created a program for schools and libraries to introduce young audiences to the range of instruments and repertoire of music they perform. In the program, they perform music from Ireland, Scotland, England, America, Medieval Europe, and India on a variety of instruments. Their fees vary with each school & library and what they can afford.

Recordings: Four Shillings Short has recorded nine CDs from 2002-2015. They should have most of them available at this concert.

 

Special Summer 2016 Concert

Madeline MacNeil Concert

Tuesday, June 21, 2016, 7:00 PM

Hour Long Concert Followed by Jam Session

 

Singer, Hammered Dulcimer, Mountain Dulcimer from Berryville, VA

Madeline MacNeil’s audiences hold their collective breath as the last notes of her songs drift into the tableau of stages large and small. Since 1972, when she began performing in Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park, Madeline’s goal has always been to bring listeners into the song. Her interest in stories first brought the mountain and hammered dulcimers to her attention, for they are part of this country's musical history. This is part of Madeline’s treasure as a performer: she sings and tells the stories with her beautiful voice and exceptional dulcimer skills.

Madeline’s New England ancestors (she’s a first-generation Virginian) arrived in the fishing and mariner towns of Rockport and Gloucester, Massachusetts in 1635, while her Canadian forbears came to Cape Breton from Edinburgh in the mid-1800's. She knits it all together: Scotland’s countryside, the lives of families separated and brought together by the sea, and the resilience and art of those who settled in the Appalachian Mountains.

Her recording career began in 1983 and now includes more than a dozen independent releases, including tributes to her family heritage on Songs Of Earth and Sea and her love for jazz on As Time Goes By. Heart’s Ease (classical and Celtic music featuring the hammered dulcimer) won an Indie for string music from NAIRD, while Christmas Comes Anew was a finalist for this coveted award. Her recording of “Shenandoah,” her signature song, has been used extensively in Public Television productions.

She has performed in schools for students from elementary through high school and often invited them to play a little on her dulcimers. The Barns At Wolf Trap has presented her in concert, as have arts centers, churches and universities throughout the United States. 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 Nonsuch 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. She’s been honored by folk organizations and festivals.

Madeline is a best-selling author of mountain and hammered dulcimer books for Mel Bay Publications, and from 1978 through 2006 she was the publisher of Dulcimer Players News, a quarterly publication devoted to both hammered and mountain dulcimers.

Maddie has been with us for Dulci-More Festivals 6, 10, and 15 and previously performed for our concert series in 2002 and 2014

The evening will start with an hour long concert followed by an open acoustic jam and song circle with Maddie as a special guest..

 

Spring 2016 Concert Series

Brian Henke on Sunday, March 20 at 2:30 PM

Free Dulci-More Solos, Duets, & Small Groups Concert

Replacing Cancelled The Honey Dewdrops Concert

Saturday, April 16 at 7:00 PM

Bing Futch on Sunday, May 1 at 2:30 PM

 

Brian Henke Concert

Sunday, March 20 at 2:30 PM

 

Fingerstyle Guitarist, Harp Guitarist, New Age Guitarist, Singer/Songwriter from Bay Village, Ohio

Brian Henke composes and performs his music like a painter putting images on canvas, a kind of sonic shaman, drawing his inspiration from the world around him. An avid hiker, he often brings his guitar along to create a spontaneous response to his outdoor settings. Mother Earth (Terra) as artist has given an immense living gallery from the humbling spectacle of her natural wonders to the simple, beauty of a treetop against a blue sky. Her majestic legacy and the magical feeling of awe and peace inspire the compositions of this award winning virtuosic fingerstyle/harp guitarist/ singer songwriter.

Brian’s seven instrumental solo guitar CD’s, “Many Waters”, “Love Song for Terra”,”Force of Nature”, “The Nature of Light”, “Tree of Life”, “A Child’s Garden”, and “Seven Magic Spells” are a cornucopia of sonic vistas. He celebrates the seasons, a Grand Canyon sunset, the fireside magic of an American shaman, playful waterfalls, the color of the wind and the light of dreams to name a few.

In June 2015 he will be releasing his first vocal album “Sun and the Moon and the Stars” and will be also working on his next instrumental guitar album “Treehouse in the Stars” due before Christmas.

He recorded “A Crown of Stars” with Blue Feather, Dunlap and Henke, a CD that made it into the top 10 in June of 2007 on the International New Age Radio Charts and is the producer of “The Woodchoppers Ball”, a double CD featuring 26 of the worlds best acoustic guitarists released to benefit Northeast Ohio’s homeless and is the promoter of the annual benefit concert of the same name, having recently celebrated it’s 14th year.

His unique guitar style has been called everything from Folk to New Age to Neo-Classical to Pastoral or as Brian likes to call it “a big stewpot of everything, stirred up, simmered and served to taste.” His music appeals to anyone who likes their music lyrical, thought provoking and performed with virtuosity. Through it all is an undercurrent of spirituality and mysticism that Brian says is very much a part of the creative process. Because of this he has received radio air play all over the world on shows as varied as WKSU’s “Folk Alley” and John Dilberto’s “Echoes”. He has also shared the bill or performed with acts as diverse as “Yes”, “The Strawbs”, “ Bill Frisell”, “Linda Ronstadt”, “Glass Harp”, Wendy Rule, Steve Morse”, Yngvie Malmsteen”, “Robin and Linda Williams”, “Richie Havens”, “John Prine” Christine Lavin”, “Dar Williams” ”The Kingston Trio”, ”Alison Brown, ”Adrian Belew”, ”Spiro Gyra, Dar Williams, and many of the best acoustic guitarists in the world including “Andy McKee”, “Pete Huttlinger”, “Phil Keaggy”, ”Alex DeGrassi”, ”Stephen Bennett”, ”John Doan”, ”Beppe Gambetta”, Doug Smith”, ”Dan Crary”, Laurence Juber and many, many others.

A winner of many acoustic and electric guitar awards, he has also been a finalist in the prestigious National Fingerstyle Contest in Winfield, Kansas, the National Guitarmageddon regional finals in Boston and in New Age Reporters Top 10 for 2006 and 2010.

“Brian’s fretwork is masterful, elaborate and he makes every note count…His compositions are harmonious, sometimes complicated, but always engaging…Brian Henke’s music is organic, mesmerizing and best of all magic.” – RJ Lannon New Age Reporter

Brian Henke “Seven Magic Spells” 2012

Fans of Brian Henke’s absorbing, expressive and intoxicating acoustic compositions will revel in his aptly titled 7th release “Seven Magic Spells”. With fretwork that is alternately poetic, symphonic and balletic in breadth and depth, Henke truly creates magic with his custom double neck harp guitar and a Larrivee LC-09. Compositionally, Henke creates a sonic journey worthy of a mythological hero. It begins with a sense of unfulfilled longing in “Good Morning Gypsy Moon” and wanders through one sweeping musical adventure after another, some pastoral (“Magic Spell #1: Breath In, Breath Out”), others fraught with danger (“Magic Spell # 3: Fire in the Dark”), only to resolve in the idyllic and peaceful “Magic Spell # 7: Floating”. “Seven Magic Spells” mesmerizes with a sense of gestalt similar to a concerto. Remarkably, Henke is the instrumentalist and the orchestra in one. – James Filkins

Brian Henke MP3 Audio File Links

Light of Dreams

Man in the Moon

Dream Within a Dream

 

 

 

Free Dulci-More Solos, Duets, & Small Groups Concert

Replacing Cancelled The Honey Dewdrops Concert

Saturday, April 16 at 7:00 PM

A Dulci-More Gift to the Community This One Is Free

But Donations Are Welcome to Help with Expenses

 

Bill & Anita Gorman

Bill Schilling with Kathy & Rich Small

Peanut Butter & Jelly Jam

Fanella (Paddy) Lang with Jack & Bonnie Lutz

Several Dulci-More members will perform in a free concert to replace the Honey Dewdrops concert which was cancelled by the performers just after Dulci-More announced that it had been scheduled.

Anita & Bill Gorman were founding members of the Slightly Irish Singers in the 1980s. Anita is organist and choir director at St. Michael Parish, Canfield. She also plays guitar and fiddle. Bill is a choir member and cantor at St. Michael's and plays both the harmonica and the string bass at the church.

Bonnie Lutz and her husband, Jack, have played with Dulci-More since 2002. They also have played at various festivals with Angel Band and Sweet Pickens dulcimer groups. In Florida, they played with the Caloosahatchee Dulcimer Society and Fiddle Support Group at various festivals and the Florida State Fair. They started a band called The Happy Retirees that played at various senior centers and nursing homes throughout Lee County. In Ohio, they led Praise Music at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, Rogers, Ohio, have played nursing homes in Columbiana and Calcutta, and have played special music at several churches in Columbiana County.

Fanella (Paddy) Lang has been singing all of her life. She loves to find obscure songs of many types and give them her own interpretations. She often sings a cappella, but also accompanies herself on autoharp, bowed psaltery, and mountain dulcimer. When she has volunteered as an interpreter for extended periods at national parks in Alaska, New Hampshire, and elsewhere, she has found ways to use her music in those positions.

Bill Schilling has been singing and playing various folk instruments for over 45 years. He has performed for audiences of all ages in many settings from coast to coast. Since Bill believes that his music should be inclusive, he is involved in many groups which share music. He is the founder and leader of Dulci-More: Folk & Traditional Musicians, director of the annual Dulci-More Festival, an original member of the Canton Folk Song Society, current leader of the Dulcimer Society of Trumbull County, a charter executive committee member of Folknet, and Music Coordinator of Folk Music at Weatherbury Farm.

Rich & Kathy Small include a combination of Folk, Old Time Gospel, and Bluegrass Music in their performances. They have appeared regionally at various Community Festivals, Civic, Church, and Veterans functions. They were the performing hosts for The Old Time Gospel Fest Concert series at the Bluebird Amphitheater and directed the State Award winning Arts of Appalachia Music Camp for children in Carroll County Ohio. Expect to hear lots of harmonies in their combined voices while Rich may add autoharp, guitar, mountain dulcimer, ukulele, and harmonica and Kathy may add bowed psaltery, ukulele, and mountain dulcimer.

Peanut Butter & Jelly Jam (PB&J) combines Paddy (Fanella) Lang with Bonnie & Jack Lutz. All of them sing, and Fanella may add autoharp, bowed psaltery, and mountain dulcimer, Bonnie may add guitar, mandolin, banjo, strumstick, and more, and Jack may add mountain dulcimer and mandolin. Together, they have played nursing homes and special music for several churches around Columbiana County.

Bill Schilling with Rich & Kathy Small have enjoyed giving workshops and performing together (and with others) for a few years at several festivals and concert venues including Mountain Rose Concerts, Lantern Tours at Hale Farm & Village, Canton Folk Song Society's Winterfest, Central Ohio Folk Festival, Coshocton Dulcimer Days, Dulci-More Festival, Fort New Salem Dulcimer Festival, Montani Semper Liberi, Music Along the River, Music in the Valley, and others.

 

Bing Futch Concert

Sunday, May 1 at 2:30 PM

 

Mountain Dulcimer, Ukulele, & Native American Flute Specialist, & Singer-Songwriter from Orlando, Florida

With a big smile and wild dreadlocks, Bing Futch kicks off every performance with a buoyant energy that is inviting and energizing. Using Appalachian mountain dulcimer, Native American flute, ukulele, drums, and electronic effects, he deftly navigates the varied waters of traditional and modern Americana with passion, wit, and a genuinely huge heart for sharing music with a crowd.

Known for his musical shape-shifting, Futch switches the channels on style with every new song, sung in a limber tenor voice and woven together with the other instruments. His casual way with any audience, coupled with a fierce originality on the lesser known mountain dulcimer, makes each show a one-of-a-kind and good-timing romp.

As a nationally touring solo performer he's headlined at such events as The Florida Folk Festival, Old Songs Festival, The Big Muddy, Kentucky Music Weekend, Common Ground On The Hill, and our own Dulci-More Festival three times.

With a strong love for traditional music, Futch has enjoyed a career on both sides of the folk and rock divide, first as guitarist for CCM post-punkers Crazed Bunnyz in 1986 and much later in 1999 as co-founder of Mohave on mountain dulcimer. That band, with bassist Mike Burney and drummer McGyver, took off after their debut performance at the House of Blues at Walt Disney World and over the course of the next seven years would become a crowd favorite and open for the likes of Molly Hatchet, St. Somewhere and The Crests.

In 2006, Futch began performing solo at county fairs and festivals across the country, along the way opening for Grammy-award winning act The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Grammy-award nominated artists Sam & Ruby, bluesman Scott Ainslie, and sharing the stage with Grammy-award nominated act The Dixie Beeliners among others.

He has recorded a number of albums and published several music-education books including the best-selling "Blues Method For Mountain Dulcimer 101." His love for blues music has led him to teach workshops on playing Delta blues on the mountain dulcimer all across the country as well as writing articles on the subject in Mel Bay's Dulcimer Sessions and Dulcimer Players News. As a member of the Orange Blossom Blues Society, he helps with the organization's mission of presenting, preserving, and promoting the blues by participating in the "Blues In The Schools" program in central Florida. In 2014, Bing won the "Solo Artist" award in the Central Florida Blues Challenge competition, earning a coveted entry into the 2015 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN. Taking the mountain dulcimer where it had never gone before, Bing competed in the quarterfinals and advanced to the semifinals, gaining new notice and fans for himself and this unique instrument. Several months later, Bing competed in the 2015 Central Florida Blues Challenge and won the Solo/Duo Award for the second year in a row.

Futch's music has been featured in film and video productions, video game soundtracks, and exhibits at the Orlando Museum of Art. He was composer and musical director for "The Jungle Book: A Musical Adaptation" which ran for 66 shows at Stage Left Theater in Orlando, Florida. He also contributed music to the soundtrack of The Castle of Miracles at Give Kids The World Village in Kissimmee, Florida.

Futch can often be found teaching music workshops at various festivals and colleges, presenting music education programs at schools and libraries, and producing episodes of his video podcast "Dulcimerica", which has been viewed by over a million people worldwide and is currently in its eighth season. He is also the host of "Rhythm Roots", an hour long video program on DittyTV, The Americana Music Network. 

In traveling over 30,000 miles a year, Futch's home away from home is a 21 foot long Winnebago Warrior that has been dubbed "Rita." While off the road, he lives in Orlando, Florida with his wife, Jae, and a menagerie of critters. 

 

 

 

Spring 2015 Concert Series

Hunter Walker on Saturday, March 14 at 7:00 PM

Jan Hammond & Paul Conrad on Sunday, April 26 at 2:30 PM

Hunter Walker Concert

Saturday, March 14 at 7:00 PM

 

Mountain Dulcimer Specialist, Singer, & Multi-Instrumentalist from Beckley, West Virginia

Hunter Walker is a 21 year old Spanish major at Concord University. He has won the Mid-Eastern Regional Dulcimer Championship and West Virginia State Championship as well as being in a band that won the neo-trad championship in 2014 at the Appalachian String Band Festival. He says, “My specialty is music that you would have heard from the settlers. It’s not bluegrass; it’s older than bluegrass. It’s mountain music. You can hear anything in my set from Old Time fiddle tunes to Ragtime to Dixieland piano to classical Beethoven pieces. I don’t know what I’m going to pull out of my hat until I get on stage.”

“I had played Old Time music for about a year, so I had been exposed to it before, but when I saw the dulcimer, I really fell in love with the music,” Walker goes on to say in an interview with The Daily Times in Maryville, TN. “That was in September; the following Christmas, I got one as a present, and it pretty much never left my lap. The following summer, I won some contests, and eventually I kept winning some more.”

Walker was drawn to both the history and the versatility of the instrument, he said. Developed in Appalachia, the mountain dulcimer is a uniquely American instrument — although it shares similarities with other diatonic, fretted instruments of the zither family, the mountain dulcimer has no known predecessors in Ireland or Scotland, and it’s speculated the mountain dulcimer was crafted by Appalachian settlers who were unable to build violins for lack of tools and time.

“It’s the easiest stringed instrument to get music out of, but it can be more complex than any other one, and that’s what intrigued me — the possibilities and the simplicity at the same time,” Walker said. “I just kind of thought of learning like I would learning a language: It’s a means of extension as to how I feel or what I’m doing, and it’s like how you don’t recall learning a language as a kid.

“With music, I don’t really recall learning it. Of course it was learned; it’s just the way a kid learns language. They speak because they have to; doing so comes from what you need to say and express.”

Walker has released his debut solo CD, “Down Yonder,” and he’s a frequent instructor at workshops around the country including the Vandalia Gathering in Charleston, WV; Coshocton Dulcimer Days in Roscoe Village; the Harmony Harvest Festival and the Spring Thaw Dulcimer Fling in Lancaster, Ohio; the Pickin’ Porch in Townsend, TN; and others. His youth and boyish good looks are occasionally disarming, he added with a chuckle: “I’ll walk into a classroom or a workshop as the teacher, but I’ll sit down and start talking to people, and one of them will inevitably ask me, ‘When is the teacher going to get here?’”

 

 

Jan Hammond & Paul Conrad Concert

Sunday, April 26 at 2:30 PM

 

Mountain Dulcimer Specialists Singers, Songwriter, Poets, and Storytellers from Wadsworth & Millersburg

Jan Hammond is an accomplished composer, lyricist, and vocalist with four solo CDs and one duet CD with guitar master Tom Conner. Jan is a two-time Kentucky State Mountain Dulcimer Champion, the only four-time winner of the Mid-Eastern Regional Dulcimer Championships, and a Top Five Finalist and a 3rd Place winner at the National Mountain Dulcimer Championships. She is a Certified Music Practitioner. Jan teaches, leads workshops, and performs at a variety of venues including festivals, coffee houses, healthcare facilities, house concerts, church services, and various events throughout the country. Jan has presented at the Buckeye Dulcimer Festival, Dulci-More, Southeast Ohio Dulcimer Festival, Phoenix Folk Festival, Kent State Folk Festival, Kentucky Music Winter Weekend, and Swannanoa Gathering. She was the headliner at the 2012 Coshocton Dulcimer Days Festival. Her website is www.janhammond.net

Paul Conrad has been building and playing dulcimers for nearly a decade. He enjoys using local woods and combining them in interesting ways and patterns. As a player, he particularly enjoys playing in duets and small ensembles. In addition to his workshops, Paul takes his instruments to many folk festivals as a vendor, and he often acts as a "dulcimer doctor" at those festivals. His website is www.timbrehilldulcimers.com.

Together they have played Mountain Rose Concerts and other places.

 

Fall 2014 Concert Series

Kim & Reggie Harris on Sunday, September 28 at 4:30 PM

Steve Gillette & Cindy Mangsen on Thursday, November 6 at 7:00 PM

Bonus Concert from Salem Historical Society for Free (Donations Welcome)

Andy Blyth Accompanied by Bill Schilling on Saturday, October 25 at 7:00 PM

Kim & Reggie Harris Concert

Sunday, September 28 at 4:30 PM

 

Singers, Songwriters, and Guitarist from Philadelphia

Consummate musicians and storytellers, Kim & Reggie Harris are a mini festival of diversity. Combining traditional African-American spirituals and freedom songs with original folk, they sing of life, love, the quest for freedom, environment and community. Their latest CD, “Resurrection Day,” binds these themes into a profoundly moving personal odyssey of inspiration and hope, adding Reggie’s experience as an organ donor recipient to the social justice palette. For over two decades, Kim & Reggie have been affiliated with the John F Kennedy Center’s Partners in Education program, offering multimedia educational performances for students and community, “Music & The Underground Railroad” and “Dream Alive.” This is their first time performing for Dulci-More and in Salem with their "Songs of Hope & Freedom" program.

Admission is $10 per person, and an additional $5 covers all of the children in a family. This is part of the Dulci-More Fall 2014 Concert Series. All Concerts in the Series will be in the Meeting Room of the Dale Shaffer Research Library of the Salem Historical Society, 239 South Lundy Avenue, Salem, OH 44460. Use the Lundy entrance, not the entrance from Dale Shaffer Way (was East Alley). A Salem Municipal Parking Lot is directly across Lundy from the venue.

Consummate musicians and storytellers, Kim and Reggie Harris combine a strong folk and gospel legacy with a solid background in classical, rock, jazz and pop music. Creative curiosity, years of road and stage experience and interactions with performers such as Pete Seeger, Ysaye Barnwell, Jay Leno, Tom Paxton, Bernice Johnson Reagon, Harry Belafonte and others, has led them to produce music that entertains and inspires.

Born and raised in Philadelphia, PA, a city rich in cultural and musical heritage, Kim and Reggie's early exposure to the diversity of musical styles and genres was nurtured in the schools and churches of their youth.

Audiences at venues such as The Kennedy Center, The Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Smithsonian Institute, Reunion Arena in TX, the Psalm Festival in Graz, Austria, as well as a myriad of theatre arts centers, festivals, universities and schools, have given this inspiring duo standing ovations for their vibrant performances.

As a result of their CDs "Steal Away" and Get On Board" (Appleseed Recordings) and materials developed in their work with the Kennedy Center, Kim and Reggie have earned wide acclaimed for their contributions to the resources and knowledge base - in historical and educational circles - on the Underground Railroad and the modern civil rights movement.

With numerous recordings on the Appleseed Recordings and the Folk Era labels they are also featured on a number of compilations, films and educational projects worldwide.

Kim was awarded her Ph.D. in Liturgy and Music from Union Theological Seminary in NYC and both continue to write, record and produce music as a means to promote creativity, education, social responsibility and understanding in the world community!

Kim and Reggie Harris are dynamic and superbly talented traditional folk performers, whose captivating stage presence and unique harmonies has earned the respect and love of audiences throughout the US, Canada and Europe for over 30 years. They are unique in their ability to entertain audiences of any age and background as they blend their talents as singers, songwriters, educators, interpreters of history and cultural advocates.

 

Steve Gillette & Cindy Mangsen Concert

Thursday, November 6 at 7:00 PM

 

Singers, Songwriters, and Guitarist from Philadelphia

Steve Gillette and Cindy Mangsen have been performing together for 25 years, bringing together their love of traditional music and their wealth of original songs. Accompanying themselves with guitars and concertinas, their live performances are known for rich harmony, compelling songs and a good dose of humor. Their six duet albums have appeared on many folk Top Ten lists, from the WFMT Midnight Special (Chicago) to The Boston Globe.

Steve Gillette has been writing songs since the 1960's. Since Ian and Sylvia first recorded "Darcy Farrow" in 1965, Steve's songs have been covered by John Denver, Garth Brooks, Linda Ronstadt, Tammy Wynette, Waylon Jennings, Josh Ritter, and many others. But Steve's own versions are some of the best, with his warm baritone voice and his unique finger-picking guitar style (using a flat-pick and two fingers). Steve has many solo and duo (with Cindy Mangsen) recordings available. His solo album, Texas and Tennessee, was named one of the Top Ten Folk Albums of the Year by Tower Records. Steve has conducted songwriting workshops all over the US and Canada, and has been a long-time participant in The Kerrville Folk Festival. He is author of the book Songwriting and the Creative Process, a standard text in songwriting groups.

Cindy Mangsen is "one of the finest singers in American folk music" (Come for to Sing). Accompanying herself on guitar, banjo, concertina, or mountain dulcimer, Cindy is known for her compelling interpretations of traditional ballads, as well as for her own writing and her wonderful ear for harmony. She has recorded several solo albums (Songs of Experience received the Editor's Choice Award from Crossroads), as well as collaborations with Steve Gillette, Priscilla Herdman, Anne Hills, and Michael Smith. Her latest solo album, Cat Tales, is devoted to "songs of the feline persuasion." Cindy has led singing and ballad workshops at the Augusta Heritage Center in West Virginia and The Woods in Ontario, Canada.

Matt Watroba said in Sing Out Magazine, "Steve and Cindy have hit on a combination that consistently produces high quality recordings and entertaining stage shows. Their voices and their styles meld seamlessly with a gentleness and a maturity that is unmatched in the world of folk duos."

 

Bonus Concert from Salem Historical Society for Free (Donations Welcome)

Andy Blyth Accompanied by Bill Schilling on Saturday, October 25 at 7:00 PM

The Salem Historical Society has scheduled a concert highlighting the history and accomplishments of W.H. Mullins and Salem ’s Mullins Company. This will be held on Saturday, October 25 starting at 7:00 p.m. at the Dale Shaffer Meeting Room, located at 239 South Lundy Avenue. The concert is free, but donations for the ongoing work of the Society will be greatly appreciated.

Andy Blyth, Wandering Minstrel and great grandson of W.H. Mullins, founder of Mullins Manufacturing and Salem philanthropist, will be performing tunes and tales of the bygone age. Accompanying him will be Salem ’s founder of the Dulci-More, Bill Schilling, a son of Lou Schilling who for many years was a tool and die maker at Mullins Manufacturing. Bill has been singing and playing various folk instruments for over 45 years with high-energy productions in Salem and all across the country.

Andy is a long-time family friendly folk musician - but he also co-founded a well-known children's music band - Tickle Tune Typhoon in Seattle, WA . Andy is featured on several of their albums - which have won coveted Parents Choice Awards. In addition to a lively set of participatory oldies, and historical tales about Mullins (with a little help from the historical society), Andy is also full of tales of his years as a sound engineer n Hollywood and later traveling for network TV coverage of sports events including six Olympics.

Andy is a minstrel with a message - and you won't want to miss this evening, full of nostalgia which also offers an opportunity to sing along on some good ole oldies and build community as well. He and his wife, Sue, presently live on a small farm and intentional community near Lexington , KY. For further information, contact the Society at 330-337-8514.

 

Spring 2014 Concert Series

Magpie on Saturday, March 29 at 7:00 PM

Madeline MacNeil on Sunday, April 27 at 2:30 PM

Magpie Concert

Saturday, March 29, 2014, 7:00 PM

 

Singers and Multi-Instrumentalists from New York State

Terry Leonino and Greg Artzner began to play music together in Kent, Ohio in September of 1973. They chose the name Magpie for their band, a name which grew in personal significance for them as years went by. Terry was a student in her senior year at Kent State University in the fall of '73, and when she graduated the following spring, she and Greg packed Greg's VW bus and moved to the Washington, DC area. In the years since then, they have traveled and toured extensively, performed in concerts, at folk clubs and festivals around the world, and recorded many times.

Terry's voice is a truly impressive instrument, not only because of its natural power, but also because of her versatility. She is a gifted singer of jazz and blues in the tradition of Connie Boswell and Billie Holiday, but is equally comfortable with the subtle beauty of traditional folk and contemporary songs. Add to this her uncanny ability to find the perfect harmony line, and, in a powerful blend of their two voices, you have a real treat for the ear. As if this weren't enough, Terry is also an excellent player of the harmonica, mandolin, fretted dulcimer, and rhythm guitar.

Greg is an outstanding guitarist whose fingerstyle approach owes a lot to his heroes, guitar legends such as Reverend Gary Davis, Big Bill Broonzy, Nick Lucas, Phil Ochs, and Rolly Brown. His playing is the solid basis of Magpie's sound, providing whatever is called for, whether it be a hard-driving rhythm, or a ringing lyrical beauty. From a slow Scots air or a plaintive ballad to a rollicking ragtime blues or infectious swing, Greg covers it all. His high baritone voice has equal range and his captivating interpretation gives power and beauty to the full spectrum, from growling blues, to a Chilean lament, to a sweet croon.

From the beginning Terry and Greg's interests in various musical styles have led them to be eclectic in their repertoire. Rather than confine themselves to a single style, Magpie has always embraced a musical rainbow, and with impressive proficiency in each different genre. From traditional, classic country, swing, and blues of the nineteen twenties and thirties, to contemporary songs written by themselves and others, Terry and Greg cover a lot of musical ground.

With the power of their delivery, Magpie is well known for their performances of hard-hitting topical songs. They are well-known as regular performers on Phil Ochs Song Nights, organized by Phil's sister, Sonny Ochs, since 1984. Politically, their viewpoint has been shaped by their life experiences. Greg began to play music in the early sixties as a direct result of the Civil Rights Movement. His father worked for the National Urban League, and members of the family became involved in local action in the Movement. Terry also began singing at that time, and spent many of her childhood summers with her mother's family in the deep south where she witnessed the cruelty of racism and the power of the Movement. She also was a witness to the shootings at Kent State on May 4th, 1970 when National Guard troops fired into a group of students protesting the war in Vietnam. Terry and Greg continue to reflect these experiences in their own work as they frequently raise their voices in support of the ongoing struggles for civil rights, freedom, justice, and peace.

Over the years, Terry and Greg have become distinguished for producing programs of music for museums (including the Smithsonian Institution), schools, and other special events. They are master artists with the Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts, and in that capacity have worked in many residency programs and teacher training workshops, demonstrating their methods for utilizing music effectively as a tool for early childhood education. Terry and Greg have many years of experience working in schools, performing for children and families. They have developed several special school programs for students of all ages including two on the environment and others on historical themes such as the Great Depression and the nineteen sixties.

Terry and Greg are internationally known for their musical work in the environmental movement. Throughout their career, they have devoted a tremendous amount of their time, energy, and music to environmental causes. They are considered to be among the very best in this field of music and their performances are in great demand by environmental action and education organizations. Their musical work has supported the work of such notable groups as National Audubon Society, National Wildlife Federation, the National Wildlife Refuge System, the National Park Service, and Hudson River Sloop Clearwater. Earth Day 1998 found them performing at Harpers Ferry National Park where their well-known anthem, "We Belong to the Earth" was a perfect finale to a speech by President Clinton. They have been featured presenters for statewide environmental education associations around the country.

In 2000, Magpie collaborated with scientists at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center and created a "museum musical," the first of its kind, utilizing a museum display as the set for the show. The show, Tales of the Blue Crab, premiered at Smithsonian's Discovery Theatre and ran for the month of April. It's full of rollicking, good-fun songs all teaching about the life cycle of the Chesapeake Bay's most famous resident, callinectes sapidus, the blue crab.

In the fall of 1998, in a fitting tribute to Magpie on the occasion of their 25th anniversary, members of the Washington Area Music Association awarded Greg and Terry the "Wammie" award as traditional folk duo of the year. They also received the 1999 Addy Award for their song "Take Me Back to Harpers Ferry" and their soundtrack for the video by the same title, continuously shown at the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park's Visitor Center.

Terry and Greg have been heard on many recordings, including 8 of their own, 2 with Kim & Reggie Harris, and several compilations. Their first, Magpie & Friends, and their third, If It Ain't Love, showcase their broad range of styles and themes. Their second album, Working My Life Away, is an excellent collection of songs about working people and their work. Their fourth and fifth albums, Living Planet and Circle of Life are both theme albums on the subject of the Earth. Circle of Life is Magpie's first album for children and has been greeted with great acclaim by children, parents, and educators, and such environmental notables as the National Audubon Society. A portion of the proceeds from both of these albums is donated to environmental action groups. The Smithsonian, when it released its monumental collection, Folk Song America: A Twentieth Century Revival in 1991, included Magpie's rendition of "Sacco's Letter to His Son" from If It Ain't Love among selections by 99 of the most eminent folk music artists of our time. Terry and Greg's sixth album, Seed on the Prairie, is a showcase for their songwriting. It is full of songs which tell stories of love, loss, and rebirth, and songs of Mother Earth.

In 1994, the Cultural Center for Social Change produced a 2 CD set of songs of the Civil Rights movement to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Mississippi Freedom Summer Project entitled Freedom is a Constant Struggle, and Magpie was honored with an invitation to participate, contributing 3 selections, two recorded with their very close friends, Kim & Reggie Harris. Through CCSC, Terry and Greg have performed in concert with SNCC Freedom Singers Matthew and Marshall Jones and Emory Harris and with Wazir Peacock, SNCC song leader, singing with them, and on their own, songs of the Civil Rights Movement and other songs of struggle. The concerts have taken place in various venues including the Kennedy Center, and two of them have been recorded and released on CDs entitled The Long Walk to Freedom and Songs of Dissent Live.

This was followed by a collaboration with Kim & Reggie Harris entitled Spoken in Love, recorded in concert in early 1995. Their quartet appearances with Kim & Reggie have been received with standing ovations from audiences around the country, including Bethlehem Musikfest and the Philadelphia Folk Festival. The quartet was invited to appear on National Public Radio's All Things Considered in an interview with Daniel Zwerdling to talk about their work together and the uplifting and powerful effect their music has on audiences. The quartet then recorded and released a studio recording, entitled Guide My Feet, on Appleseed Records, featuring guest appearances by such luminaries as Pete Seeger, Jay Ungar and Molly Mason, and Keter Betts.

In the spring of 1999, Magpie's 9th recording, a celebration of their 25th anniversary entitled Give Light was released on Sliced Bread Records. The CD features songs old and new, written by friends and heroes and by Magpie themselves. There are love songs, songs of struggle, songs of the Earth, and songs of the spiritual journey.

Magpie's most recent recording is entitled Sword of the Spirit and features 11 songs including 7 originals, all about famed abolitionist John Brown, his family, friends, and associates. The CD, also on Sliced Bread, was produced as a companion piece to Greg and Terry's one-act play of the same title based on the life and letters of Brown and his wife Mary. The premier performance of play, featuring Greg as Brown and Terry in the role of Mary Brown, took place February 18, 19, and 20, 2000 at the Old Opera House in Charles Town, West Virginia, across the street from the old courthouse where John Brown was tried and convicted in 1859.

Greg and Terry are both from northeast Ohio originally and still have family in the area. They were with us for Dulci-More Festival 12 in 2006. They also performed for the Salem Bicentennial in 2006 with Sword of the Spirit at the Quaker Meetinghouse and a performance at the main stage in Centennial Park.

 

Madeline MacNeil Concert

Sunday, April 27, 2014, 2:30 PM

 

Singer, Hammered Dulcimer, Mountain Dulcimer from Berryville, VA

Madeline MacNeil’s audiences hold their collective breath as the last notes of her songs drift into the tableau of stages large and small. Since 1972, when she began performing in Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park, Madeline’s goal has always been to bring listeners into the song. Her interest in stories first brought the mountain and hammered dulcimers to her attention, for they are part of this country's musical history. This is part of Madeline’s treasure as a performer: she sings and tells the stories with her beautiful voice and exceptional dulcimer skills.

Madeline’s New England ancestors (she’s a first-generation Virginian) arrived in the fishing and mariner towns of Rockport and Gloucester, Massachusetts in 1635, while her Canadian forbears came to Cape Breton from Edinburgh in the mid-1800's. She knits it all together: Scotland’s countryside, the lives of families separated and brought together by the sea, and the resilience and art of those who settled in the Appalachian Mountains.

Her recording career began in 1983 and now includes more than a dozen independent releases, including tributes to her family heritage on Songs Of Earth and Sea and her love for jazz on As Time Goes By. Heart’s Ease (classical and Celtic music featuring the hammered dulcimer) won an Indie for string music from NAIRD, while Christmas Comes Anew was a finalist for this coveted award. Her recording of “Shenandoah,” her signature song, has been used extensively in Public Television productions.

She has performed in schools for students from elementary through high school and often invited them to play a little on her dulcimers. The Barns At Wolf Trap has presented her in concert, as have arts centers, churches and universities throughout the United States. 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 Nonsuch 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. She’s been honored by folk organizations and festivals.

Madeline is a best-selling author of mountain and hammered dulcimer books for Mel Bay Publications, and from 1978 through 2006 she was the publisher of Dulcimer Players News, a quarterly publication devoted to both hammered and mountain dulcimers.

Maddie has been with us for Dulci-More Festivals 6, 10, and 15 and previously performed for our concert series in 2002.

 

A last minute addition to the schedule is Butch Ross of Chattanooga, TN for a house concert at the home of Bill Schilling (contact Bill for directions) on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 7:00 PM. Suggested donation for the concert is $10 per person (or more) with an additional $5 covering all the children in a family. A jam with Butch will follow the concert for any who would like to stay.

While he is in the area, Butch will also offer a ukulele workshop at 2:30 PM, a mountain dulcimer workshop at 4:00 PM on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 (see descriptions below), and private lessons as time allows. Suggested donation for the workshops is $15-$20 per person and varies for private lessons depending on time. Please contact Bill or Butch for additional information if needed or to reserve a workshop or lesson slot.

Butch’s Biography says:

Butch Ross can't do anything right. 

 

He plays the mountain dulcimer. 

He plays it standing up like a guitar. 

He holds it upside and strung backwards. 

And Butch Ross plays rock n roll on it. 

 

Despite all this wrongness, somehow it all sounds just right. 

Okay, sure, he plays his own funny, poignant songs and some traditional mountain tunes, but somehow, in Butch's hands, they rock, too. 

Besides, it's pretty clear that Led Zeppelin always intended for "Stairway to Heaven" to be played on the dulcimer. It just took Butch to figure it out. 

Butch Ross was given a mountain dulcimer for his birthday a few years ago, at the time the regionally touring singer/songwriter had no idea of the impact the instrument would have on his career. "I thought it's be cool to have one around the house, but I found myself playing it more and more. It had made music fun for me in a way that I hadn't felt since I first picked up the guitar." 

More than "making music fun," this primitive mountain instrument began to open doors for him too. Not long after adopting the dulcimer he met Robert Force a musician, producer, independent label owner, who had once written a best-selling book on the mountain dulcimer. He saw in Butch "a spirit, talent and vision" that he last saw in his own idol; 60's folk-icon Richard Farina. Almost immediately, he offered to sign him to his Blaine St. Records and produce, for free, his debut CD "the Moonshiner's Atlas." 

The dulcimer has quickly earned Butch a reputation amongst the dulcimer community as one of the most innovative and exciting players on the scene, He's opened for wide variety of performers from bluegrass comedy artists like Hayseed Dixie and the Cleverlys to folk greats like Small Potatoes, Bill Staines and Jean Ritchie to instrumental masters like Orrin Starr and Jake Shimabukuro, who said, "Now I know what a dulcimer is supposed to sound like." Additionally the dulcimer has found him invited to play festivals and clubs in England, Scotland, Ireland, Sweden, Belgium, Germany and most recently Budapest, Hungary. 

Sean Phipps of the Chattanooga Times Free Press says, "His set consisted of folk songs and various instrumentals, including blistering version of Richard Thompson's '1952 Vincent Black Lightning' and The Beatles' 'Eleanor Rigby.' We're lucky to have such a talented, interesting musician living in Chattanooga." 

And the Bottom of the Glass Blog quips, "Ross is a guitarist turned mountain dulcimerist who also takes his instruments in directions that others have not considered (or were not capable of). ...his songs were stunning."

Butch also plays and gives workshops on ukulele and guitar.

 

Uke Workshop: Expressive Chords for the Ukulele

Learn to utilize uncommon (but not difficult) chords to common tunes to create hints of the melody that will help you sing the song and make the arrangement more interesting. If you have an interest in playing Uke in the Chord-melody style, this is the springboard.

 

Mountain Dulcimer Workshop: From Tune to Arrangement Part 1

Using the tune "Cumberland Gap" we'll learn how a few simple embellishments, and a minor mental adjustment can turn "tunes" into compelling and "arrangements." Make fiddle tunes fun or breathe new life into old chestnuts.

 

Spring 2013 Concert Series

Dave Haas on Friday, March 22 at 7:00 PM

Gordon Bok on Sunday, April 14 at 2:30 PM

Ed Trickett with Cathy Barton & Dave Para on Tuesday, May 7 at 7:00 PM

 

Dave Haas Concert

Friday, March 22, 2013, 7:00 PM

 

Mountain Dulcimer Specialist from Charleston, WV

Will Also Offer Workshops on Saturday, March 23

Dave Haas lives in Charleston, WV and has been playing the mountain dulcimer since 1990. He teaches dulcimer in both private and group settings, and was the founding member of the “Almost Heaven Dulcimer Club” in Charleston. Dave loves to share the mountain dulcimer and its history with schools, churches, civic organizations, and has even brought the dulcimer to those in prison! Dave has taught and performed with the dulcimer in ten states and is a popular instructor at dulcimer festivals. Dave also plays the guitar and sings He has released six dulcimer instructional book/CDs, four instrumental dulcimer CDs, and a popular dulcimer chord chart. Dave performs solo and with Bob Webb as a musical duo. They have released two CDs; Here Comes The Sun and Starry, Starry Night as a dulcimer/guitar duo. Dave also released What a Wonderful World and Going Home, featuring Bob Webb and Dave’s son, Mark Haas. All the CDs contain dulcimer instrumentals with mostly guitar accompaniment, providing an easy-listening mix of Old Time, Celtic, Christian, and Contemporary music.

Dave also enjoys teaching science as a Chemistry Professor at the University of Charleston. One of his favorite teaching activities is to sing chemistry songs (on dulcimer and guitar) with his students. In addition, Dave plays the guitar, sings, and enjoys leading music on Christian retreat experiences such as Kairos Prison Ministry, The Walk To Emmaus, Cursillo, and Teens Encounter Christ (TEC).

In addition to the concert, Dave will also be giving mountain dulcimer workshops on Saturday, March 23 throughout the day. He plans to offer three hour and a half workshops throughout the day as described below. The workshops will take place at Bill Schilling's home in Salem. The pricing structure (to be paid at the workshops or at the concert the evening before) will be $20 for one workshop, $35 for two workshops, or $45 for all three workshops. Workshop fees include the concert.

9:00-9:30 Gather/Welcome!

9:00-10:20 Fun Fiddle Tunes (Advanced Beginner-Intermediate)

Play faster and cleaner using these left and right hand techniques. Use the “chop” into improve your backup technique. Some songs require a capo. DAD

10:30-12:00 Beautiful Melodies (Advanced Beginner-Intermediate)

Improve your playing of slow melodies by picking the notes one at a time. Learn left and right hand techniques to facilitate smooth playing and improve your dynamics. DAD

12:00-1:00 Lunch/Jam

1:00-2:30 Celtic Connection (Advanced Beginner-Intermediate)

Expand your repertoire with Celtic melodies pieces arranged for the mountain dulcimer. Both strumming and arpeggio skills will be used. Bring your capo, a four leaf clover, and a smile! DAD

Pricing:

$20 per person per workshop

$35 for two workshops

$45 for three workshops

Workshop fees include the concert

Get the pdf Flyer for the Dave Haas Workshops here.

 

Gordon Bok Concert

Sunday, April 14, 2013, 2:30 PM

 

Singer/Songwriter, Guitarist, and Much More from Camden, Maine

Very Large Repertoire of Originals and World Music with Over 30 Recordings

Gordon Bok grew up around the boatyards of Camden, Maine. In his early years, he worked on a variety of vessels, from passenger schooners to yachts. He learned many tunes, sea songs, stories, legends and ballads from the people he worked with. Where he couldn't find songs that matched his experiences or needs, he began to write his own, and has kept up a lively flow of poems, songs, stories, choral and instrumental works. He has performed extensively in the United States, and in the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand. He has appeared on the radio show "A Prairie Home Companion" with Garrison Keillor. Gordon's music has been sung by many other performers and has been used for films, most notably the documentary "Coaster: The Adventure of the John F. Leavitt" for which he won an award. Gordon received an honorary Doctorate of Science from the Maine Maritime Academy for his reflection of Maine's maritime heritage in his compositions and performances. His legacy includes over thirty recordings featuring his own compositions and folk tunes from around the world. His extensive repertoire provides a rich well to draw upon for his concerts; he has never sung the same solo concert twice.

"I refuse to tell my audiences what to think or feel: I respect them too much for that. I will sing them what I honor and trust, and trust them to sort out what they can use.

"I'm drawn to songs that show me how others have lived their lives and sorted through their problems – that's the great wisdom in traditional music, and in the songs that will become the tradition in other generations. They've shown me how to live, and if others learn something from my passing them on, that's another pleasure." 

 

Ed Trickett with Cathy Barton & Dave Para Concert

Tuesday, May 7, 2013, 7:00 PM

 

Singers and Multi-Instrumentalists from Chicago, Illinois and from Boonville, Missouri

Featuring Guitars, Hammered Dulcimers, Banjo, Autoharp, Mountain Dulcimer, Leaf, and More

Ed Trickett with Cathy Barton & Dave Para have worked together on several recordings and have appeared on stage together many times including at Dulci-More Festival 18. They will be featured at the Central Ohio Folk Festival the weekend before coming to Salem for this concert.

Ed Trickett will be coming to us from his home in the Chicago area. He was previously with us for Dulci-More Festivals 11 & 18. Over the years, he has been described as a singer’s singer who has the ability to take a song, get to the heart of it, and share all of it with others. He accompanies his singing with thoughtful and delicate playing on 6 and 12 string guitars and on the hammered dulcimer. Ed says:

I have been collecting and performing folk songs for over 40 years. My early musical influences were Frank Profitt, Larry Older, Bob and Evelyn Beers, George and Gerry Armstrong, and Howie Mitchell. Later I learned from and sang with a number of other musicians whose commitment and talent were extraordinary: Gordon Bok, Bob Coltman, Cathy Barton, and Ann Mayo Muir. Each taught me that it’s the song, not the singer, that’s important. Over the years I’ve performed in coffee houses, colleges, folk music festivals, and varied other occasions in the United States, Canada, and the British Isles. I have also had the opportunity of appearing on several wonderful radio programs across the country, including Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Companion (St. Paul, MN) and Rich Warren’s Midnight Special (Chicago).

I’ve learned hundreds of songs, and probably forgotten as many as I know. My repertoire ranges from traditional ballads to songs of the sea, labor songs, songs of love, and parodies. I am not a song writer. I am a song finder and a song crafter. I gravitate toward beautiful melodies and good stories. While I play primarily 6 and 12 string guitar, I also play the hammered dulcimer, which I use primarily as an accompaniment instrument. Singing with the hammered dulcimer is a little like rubbing your stomach and patting your head while singing. My recording efforts began in 1964 with the Golden Ring (Folk Legacy #16), a loose collection of friends who used to gather in the living room of George and Gerry Armstrong in Wilmette, Illinois. I’ve been part of 4 other ensemble recordings since then, as well as recording 4 solo albums, the most recent of which is Echo on the Evening Tide (Azalia City Recordings). In addition, for 26 years I sang with Gordon Bok and Ann Mayo Muir, out of which came 10 CDs. I’ve also had the privilege of accompanying a number of wonderful musicians, including Don McLean, Rosalie Sorrels, Mark Spoelstra, Sara Grey, Sally Rogers, Cathy Barton & Dave Para, and Joe Hickerson.

My greatest musical disappointment was going to Woodstock in 1969 with Dave Bromberg and Rosalie Sorrels, getting flown by helicopter at dawn and seeing all those people, but, in the final analysis, not getting to play on what admittedly was one of the more minor stages.

Cathy Barton and Dave Para have created dynamic performances acclaimed for 25 years for their variety and expertise in vocal and instrumental music. They have celebrated the musical traditions and folklife of Missouri and the Ozarks in festivals, clubs, concert halls, schools, and studios across the U.S. and Europe. Their audiences are as diverse as their repertoire.

A versatile duo, Dave and Cathy play several stringed instruments including hammered and fretted dulcimers, banjo, guitar, and autoharp, as well as "found" instruments like bones, spoons, mouthbow, and leaf. Their concerts present a range of music from the lively dance tunes they have collected in their home region to old ballads to new songs. They have conducted several instrumental workshops as well as those about songs from the Civil War, from American rivers, old gospel songs, children's songs, and Christmas music.

Putting the song before the singer, Dave and Cathy are caretakers of a long musical heritage, and they are known for deep understanding and affection for traditional music. They also keep their minds and ears open as the roots and branches of folk music run deep and spread wide. Missouri is a social and geographic meeting place, and its rich cultural diversity continues to inspire Dave and Cathy’s music and broaden their repertoire.

In their mission to introduce new audiences to folk music, Dave and Cathy have participated in the artists-in-education program for the Missouri Arts Council since the early 1980s. They have done folk arts residencies and assembly programs in schools across the state. They also created and serve as artistic directors of two annual folk festivals, the Big Muddy Folk Festival, in their hometown of Boonville, and the Boone’s Lick Country Folk Festival, in Arrow Rock, Mo.

Children of the folk revival, both Dave and Cathy can credit older sisters with sparking their interest in folk music in the early 1960s. Their life in rural Missouri has focused that interest.

A recognized master of the frailing banjo style Cathy has twice won the Tennessee Old-Time Banjo Championship. The late Roy Acuff often called her his "favorite banjo player" because her playing reminded him of earlier country music sounds. Cathy can also be credited for some of the growing interest in the hammered dulcimer in the Midwest. In the mid-1970s, she introduced it to the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kan., and has since provided a number of current players with their first hearing of the instrument.

While earning college and graduate degrees in humanities and folklore, Cathy worked as an assistant folklorist at the Ozark Folk Center in Mountain View, Ark. She also toured with Ramona (Mrs. Grandpa) Jones and played at her dinner theater there for a number of seasons.

Dave Para took his sister's guitar to classes at the Old Town School of Folk Music in his hometown Chicago and rekindled his childhood interest in folk music. While attending college in Cathy's hometown of Columbia, Mo., Dave managed the Chez Coffeehouse, a focal point of folk music in Central Missouri for 20 years. There he started accompanying several fiddlers and began playing in local string bands. He has since been noted often for his expert and distinctive back-up guitar style.

Of their ten recordings, the first few and most recent few were-self produced. In 1982 the Walnut Valley Occasional called their Ballad of the Boonslick album "the finest acoustic music heard this year." The release of their On a Day Like Today album in 1986 for Folk-Legacy Records was a special achievement. This small, family-run record company renowned for exceptional recordings of important traditional and contemporary folk musicians has greatly influenced Dave and Cathy and helped to inspire their study of traditional music in their own community. Teaming up with the company's founders, Sandy and Caroline Paton, they produced an album of lesser known Christmas music, 'Twas on a Night Like This, which the American Library Association named a Notable Recording in 1990. They have appeared on several other recordings with the Patons, Ed Trickett, Ramona Jones, Bob Dyer, Wade Hampton Miller, Jay Round and Ron Penix, Judy Domeny, and Lisa Redfern.

In 1993 and again in 1995, Dave and Cathy conspired with friend and musician Bob Dyer to produce two landmark recordings of songs from the Civil War in Missouri, Kansas and Arkansas, Johnny Whistletrigger, and Rebel in the Woods. Both albums were named "Notable Recordings" by the American Library Association.

These two albums have gained the trio wide respect among Civil War historians in the region and put them in demand for seminars and performances at national parks, re-enactments, and historical meetings throughout the state, including the third funeral for Jesse James in 1995, after the remains of the famous outlaw were exhumed for DNA testing.

Cathy & Dave performed and gave workshops at Dulci-More Festival 18.

 

Dulci-More Solos, Duets, & Trios Concert

Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 7:00 PM

 

A Dulci-More Gift to the Community This One Is Free

But Donations Are Welcome to Help with Expenses

Marty Becker & Norma Firth say: Some twenty years after going to the same high school, our paths crossed at a Folk music event. The music wasn't all new to us, but some of the instruments were new to us. We both were smitten by the lap dulcimer. Since then we have entertained at nursing homes, churches, grade school classes, craft shows, and festivals. We love to "Jam" together and teach the lap dulcimer and folk music to children and adults. We can't live without music.

Leanna Dugan & Lois Mountz have performed together at a few locations including the Grand Opening of the Dale Shaffer Research Library. Leanna Dugan joined Dulci-More in 2003. She has performed at various festivals and civic events as both a solo performer and with other musicians. She sings and plays guitar and mountain dulcimer. Lois Mountz is a graduate of Salem High School, and Ohio Wesleyan University followed by graduate work at YSU in Fine Art. She taught elementary education for 10 years, then focused on creating fine art and started Mountz Gallery. She has served in organist positions for 25 years, and has enjoyed hammered dulcimer for 10 years.

Norma Firth, Helen Shivers, & Sue Sabatino playing lap dulcimers, have performed with Dulci-More in their many venues, as well as soloists and duos in nursing homes, churches, and small groups.

Anita & Bill Gorman were founding members of the Slightly Irish Singers in the 1980s. Anita is organist and choir director at St. Michael Parish, Canfield. She also plays guitar and fiddle. Bill is a choir member at St. Michael's and plays both the harmonica and the string bass at the church.

Anita Gorman & Helen Shivers met through Dulci-More and enjoy playing fiddle duets together.

Jack & Bonnie Lutz have played with Dulci-More since 2002. They also have played at various festivals with Angel Band and Sweet Pickens dulcimer groups. In Florida, they played with the Caloosahatchee Dulcimer Society and Fiddle Support Group at various festivals and the Florida State Fair. They started a band called The Happy Retirees that played at various senior centers and nursing homes throughout Lee County. In Ohio, they lead Praise Music at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, Rogers, Ohio, have played nursing homes in Columbiana and Calcutta, and have played special music at several churches in Columbiana County.

Bill Schilling has been singing and playing various folk instruments for over 40 years. He has performed for audiences of all ages in many settings from coast to coast. Since Bill believes that his music should be inclusive, he is involved in many groups which share music. He is the founder and leader of Dulci-More: Folk & Traditional Musicians, director of the annual Dulci-More Festival, an original member of the Canton Folk Song Society, current leader of the Dulcimer Society of Trumbull County, a charter executive committee member of Folknet, and Music Coordinator of Folk Music at Weatherbury Farm.

Rich and Kathy Small include a combination of Folk, Old Time Gospel, and Bluegrass Music in their performances. They have appeared regionally at various Community Festivals, Civic, Church, and Veterans functions. They were the performing hosts for The Old Time Gospel Fest Concert series at the Bluebird Amphitheater and directed the State Award winning Arts of Appalachia Music Camp for children in Carroll County Ohio.

 

 

Four Shillings Short Concert

Friday, November 21, 2012 at 7:00 PM

 

Masters of Over 30 Instruments from Ireland & California

Singer/Songwriters and Interpreters of Songs

Four Shillings Short have a repertoire of music that ranges from the Celtic lands to the Americas and from Medieval & Renaissance Europe to India. They are performers and educators who perform on a fantastic array of instruments (over 30) including Hammered Dulcimer, Mandolin, Mandola, Bouzouki, Tinwhistles, Recorders, Medieval and Renaissance Woodwinds, North Indian Sitar, Charango, Bowed Psaltery, Banjo, Bodhran, Guitar, Percussion, vocals, and even a Krumhorn. Celebrating their 16th year together, the husband/wife duo, of Aodh Og O Tuama from Cork, Ireland and Christy Martin from California, tour in the US and perform at Celtic and Folk festivals, theatres and performing arts centers, coffeehouses, folk societies, libraries, schools, yoga and retreat centers, historical societies, and churches. They have several different shows they offer as well as workshops. In a single night, Four Shillings Short perform Traditional Irish tunes and airs, Indian Ragas, Folk Ballads, Old-Time songs, Medieval & Renaissance instrumentals and a cappella numbers as well as contemporary folk and original compositions.

Concerts, Educational Presentations & Workshops: Celtic & World Music from Medieval times to the present Around the World in 30 Instruments Seasonal Concerts for the Celtic Holidays of Samhain, Beltaine, Imbolg, Lunasa & Winter Solstice A Concert of Sacred Music from India, Medieval & Renaissance Europe, Ireland and America A Concert of Gaelic Songs Workshops on Singing in Gaelic, Tinwhistle, Hammered Dulcimer, Bodhran & Sitar.

Select Perfomances; Potomac Celtic Festival, Leesburg, VA; Willamette Valley Folk Festival, Eugene, OR; Hiawatha Folk Festival, Marquette, MI; Mid-America Celtic Festival, Hot Springs, AR; Minnesota Irish Fair, St. Paul, MN; Big Top Chautauqua, Washburn, WI; Chicory House, Wilkes-Barre, PA; The Meeting Place, Midleton, County Cork, Ireland; Two Way Street Coffeehouse, Downers Grove, IL; Club Passim, Cambridge, MA; Nietzsche's, Buffalo, NY; Paddy Reilly's, NYC, NY; Bound for Glory, Ithaca, NY; The Sounding Board, W. Hartford, CT; Woodstock Folk Festival, Woodstock, IL; Kilworth Arts Center, Kilworth, County Cork, Ireland; The Starry Plow, Berkeley, CA; St James Church Concerts, Dingle, County Kerry, Ireland; Louisville Dulcimer Society, Louisville, KY; Heartland Dulcimer Festival, Elizabethtown, KY; Dulci-More Festival, Lisbon, OH

Library & School Programs: As an offshoot of our music, they have created a program for schools and libraries to introduce young audiences to the range of instruments and repertoire of music they perform. In the program, they perform music from Ireland, Scotland, England, America, Medieval Europe, and India on a variety of instruments. Their fees vary with each school & library and what they can afford.

Recordings: Four Shillings Short has recorded seven CDs from 2002-2012. They should have most of them available at this concert.

 

The Hired Hands Concert

Friday, December 21, 2012, 7:00 PM

 

Scottish & Celtic Family Band from Lisbon, Ohio

Includes Current & 2008 National Scottish Harp Champions

The Hired Hands are a very local group for our concert series (living in Lisbon although some are in college around the country) and have attended some workshops at our Dulci-More Festivals in the past as well as a couple of Dulci-More meetings over the years. Their preference is for Scottish music (with some Irish and other Celtic music mixed in). Dulci-More Festival 15 was the first time that some of the group members gave workshops at a festival, and they were back for Dulci-More Festival 16, 17, & 18. For Dulci-More Festival 18, we featured them in an evening concert after many who heard them the past three years asked us to let them hear more of the Hired Hands. These sisters from the Miller family include:

Allison Miller began her musical career at age three with Suzuki piano lessons under the tutelage of Carol Wunderle, and although she continued to play piano for the next thirteen years, she picked up the harp at age fourteen and began to explore the traditional music scene. She attended workshops at the Ohio Scottish Arts School and, after completing an undergraduate degree in biology, had the opportunity to pursue post-graduate studies in Clarsarch (Scottish small harp) and Scot's Song at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow, Scotland. Allison taught with the Comhaltas coinin Erin group in Scotland, has taught both privately and publicly in America, and has appeared in concert in Scotland, Canada, and at multiple venues in the States. She and Sairey play as a duo, The Hired Hands, and they released their first CD, Something, in the spring of 2009. She has completed her Doctorate in Physical Therapy, and she hopes to bring both good tunes and ergonomic playing techniques to the field. Allison is the current National Scottish Harp Champion.

Sairey Miller, currently a Senior at Christendom College in Virginia, has played Suzuki piano under Mary Louise Foster for ten years, but it wasn't until she began playing harp at age nine that she truly discovered her love for traditional music. She has taken workshops at the Ohio Scottish Arts School and at the 2007 Edinburgh International Harp Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland, and has had the privilege of studying under such diverse musicians as Sue Richards, Ann Heymann, and Sharon Knowles of the US, Wendy Steward, Catriona McKay, and William Jackson of Scotland, and Robin Huw Bowen of Wales. She has competed extensively and was awarded first place in the Master’s division at the National Scottish Harp Competition in 2008.

Laura Miller (age 17) has studied the Suzuki piano method under Mary Louise Foster since age six, and picked up the violin at age 10. She attended the Ohio Scottish Arts School and was duly converted to the realm of traditional music -- she now plays only Scottish, Irish, Quebecois, and Welsh fiddle tunes. Since 2005, she has studied under fiddle masters Andre Brunet of Quebec, Anna Wendy Stevenson and Mike Vass of Scotland, and Ed Pearlman of Maine, and she has competed at the Ohio Scottish Games, the Ligonier Highland Games in Pennsylvania, and most recently at the 2010 National Fiddle Competition in Virginia. She is currently attending college in Colorado.

Micah Miller (age 16) has studied the Suzuki piano method under Mary Louis Foster for the past ten years and picked up the Anglo concertina in 2005. With the concertina she is mainly self-taught, learning tunes by listening to CDs and playing with her sisters. In addition, however, she has had the chance to take workshops with brilliant concertina players such as Grainne Hambly, Caroline Keene, and Frank Edgley. The lighthearted tone of her concertina may be heard on several tracks on the family CD and she often joins her sisters onstage.

Maggie Miller (age 13) began playing the piano at age 6 and found her niche in the traditional music scene when she picked up the tin whistle three years ago. She enjoys performing with the family band and has attended tin whistle workshops at the Celtic Roots Festival in Goderich, Ontario. She has also branched out to the Irish low whistle, so listen out for some lovely low undertones during the program!

 

 

Dulci-More: Folk & Traditional Musicians has sponsored occasional guest artists to present their music to our members and the community in general. These events have been held at the First United Methodist Church of Salem, the Salem Historical Society, the First Presbyterian Church of Salem, and the Kent Salem Campus. Performers from 2000 through 2011 (with several of them making return trips) have included, Tina Bergmann & Bryan Thomas from Brady Lake, OH, Bryan Bowers from Washington State, Patty Looman from West Virginia (joined by Marilyn & Tom Lashuay from Kent, OH and Bill Schilling in one of her appearances), Madeline MacNeil from the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia (joined by Guy George from Concord, OH and Bill Schilling), Pete Morton from England, Stephen Seifert from Tennessee, Bill Staines from New Hampshire, Pat Travis & Bill Matlack from Pittsburgh, PA, Susan Trump from New York State, Bob Zentz from Norfolk, VA, and Leela and Ellie Grace respectively from Portland, Oregon and Asheville, North Carolina and originally from Missouri. Mark Alan Wade was snowed out for his April 2, 2005 appearance, and we have finally managed to reschedule that one for April 7, 2017.

 

 

 

Updated January 26, 2017

 

 

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