This information is now current for Dulci-More Festival 23 in 2017
Dulci-More Festival 23
Concert, Mini-Concert, Workshop Presenters & Vendors
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(Some Presenters Will Only Be at the Festival One Day As Indicated in the Schedule)
Concert, Mini-Concert, & Workshop Presenters
Tina and Bryan create engaging
concerts of traditional American fiddle tunes and waltzes, string band rags,
and Celtic jigs and reels, with a sprinkling of South American gems and the
occasional Classical piece thrown in for good measure. Tunes gleaned from late
night jam sessions and dances with incredible old time musicians, from their
travels to festivals throughout the country, from collegiate ragtime archives
Tina and Bryan’s joy in their music is readily apparent. A quote from their release, All Roads Lead Home, says it all ".... Like most people, we are exposed to music and stories from all over the world. The common thread of the music here is how we’ve chosen to own what we’ve found. We travel many roads in our lives, and when we encounter something that rings true, we take it home."
Tina and Bryan have been
performing together for 15 years. This husband and wife duo met at
Tina Bergmann began playing
music at age eight, learning the mountain dulcimer from her mother in the aural
tradition. What had begun as simply listening and watching a group of
old-timers getting together and playing the music of their youth soon blossomed
into a family activity. It wasn't long before the
Bergmann family was embraced by and an active part of the rich community of
old-time music and dance in northeast
Tina is a primarily self-taught
musician of 27 years and a highly regarded teacher known for her warm and engaging
teaching style. Teaching her first workshop at age 12, Tina went on to
establish a thriving private studio while instructing and performing at
festivals and camps throughout the country. Promoted as the "Diva of the
Dulcimer" by Apollo's Fire,
By the time she earned an
education degree from
With her critically acclaimed contra dance band Strings & Things (Tina on hammered dulcimer, David Rice on harmonica & fiddle, and Mark Delozier on piano,) Tina has played contra dances and family dances throughout Ohio as well as in Kentucky, Michigan, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. Since 1983, with dance maven Carol Kopp calling the dances, Strings & Things and now Hu$hmoney, have been the house band at a bi-weekly contra dance now situated in Peninsula, OH at a historic high school built at the turn of the 19th century.
Bryan Thomas is a versatile
bassist with an active teaching schedule, and performs as a free-lance musician
Tina and Bryan performed at the Dulci-More Concert Series in 2005 and for Dulci-More Festival 12.
Bowers enrolled at
It wasn’t long before Bowers encountered the autoharp. “I ran into a guy that played several instruments and could get the harp in good tune. He played without any fingerpicks, just with his fingernails. He had a real sprightly style on it. It was the first time I’d heard someone play it in good tune and play it well. It opened my eyes and my ears. I went out and got one the next day.”
Bower’s creativity and talent
have won him induction into Frets Magazine’s First Gallery of the Greats, after
five years of winning the stringed instrument open category of the magazine’s readers’ poll. This distinction put Bowers
along side other luminaries, such as Chet Atkins, David Grisman,
Stephan Grappelli, Itzhak Perlman, Tony Rice, Rob Wasserman, and Mark O’Connor,
recognized for their personal accomplishments. In 1993,
From his rather unglamorous
beginning as a street singer, Bryan Bowers has become a major artist on the
traditional music circuit. He has redefined the autoharp and is
also well known as a singer-songwriter.
Crabby Old Man was released in 2011. This anti-produced and unvarnished
recording offers 12 charming selections from
For over four decades, Bryan Bowers has been to the autoharp what Earl Scruggs was to the five-string banjo. He presents instrumental virtuosity combined with warmth, eloquence, expression, and professionalism.
Bryan Bowers has performed for
the Dulci-More Concert Series in 2003, 2004, 2006,
and 2008. This is his first time at our festival.
Bill Cohen of
This is Bill’s first Dulci-More Festival.
Having begun Suzuki violin method at age 5,
Geoff Goodhue transitioned his focus to drumming at age 10 and went on to
Geoff has privately instructed guitar,
mandolin, and drum students in
Geoff has appeared on Mountain Stage in
This is Geoff’s first Dulci-More Festival. He will be joining Bryan Bowers in
The Dulcimer Players News has written: “Lois Hornbostel enjoys a well-deserved reputation as one of the most influential mountain dulcimer performers, teachers, and organizers in the country … her instruction books and recordings of fiddle tunes, Irish tunes, and dulcimer duets, rounds, and ensembles have been an inspiration to an entire generation of dulcimer players.”
For over 30 years
Lois has been a student and innovator of mountain dulcimer playing technique
and repertoire. She learned to play Southern Appalachian style from traditional
The music styles Lois plays on her dulcimer go beyond Southern Appalachian, and she has introduced the instrument's voice in new musical settings. It's not unusual to find Lois playing her mountain dulcimer with old-time, Irish, Cajun, or Scandinavian musicians.
Books Written: Lois's books, published internationally by Mel Bay, include The Irish Dulcimer; Dulcimer Fiddle Tunes; Anthology for the Fretted Dulcimer; Dulcimer Duets, Rounds & Ensembles; American Fiddle Tunes for Mountain Dulcimer; and Cajun Favorites for Mountain Dulcimer. Mel Bay Publications asked Lois to edit their online "webzine," DulcimerSessions.com, which features articles and music about mountain and hammered dulcimers.
Recordings: Lois's recordings include an "Indie" Award finalist in their World Music category - "Vive le Dulcimer" - and her current CD with International Autoharp Champion Mike Fenton, "A Melodious Meeting." She has also been featured on several other recordings including "Masters of the Mountain Dulcimer, Volume I" and the "Masters of the Mountain Dulcimer" Christmas album.
In 1981, early in her career,
Lois was awarded the prestigious “Kentucky Colonel”
Galax Old-Time Fiddlers Convention Champion Dulcimer Player, 1986.
Fiddlers Grove Old-Time Fiddlers Convention Champion Dulcimer Player and Runner-up Old-Time Band award with her band, the “Crescent Moon Rounders.”
& Organizing: A
natural and inventive teacher, Lois fills her dulcimer playing classes with
good sense, encouragement, enthusiasm, and organization. In 1987
Lois began organizing dulcimer weeks at the university level, starting with the
Appalachian State University Dulcimer Playing Workshop in
The culmination of all Lois's organizing experience is "Dulcimerville," a weeklong event for mountain dulcimer players of all skill levels, which she began independently producing in 2010 through 2013. To allow Lois more time to perform and teach, weekend events at Dulcimerville will be offered in lieu of one weeklong event. For more details visit http://Dulcimerville.com
Working for the South Carolina Arts Commission, the NC Arts Council, and independently, Lois has conducted arts-in-schools residencies for over 19,000 children. She has a classroom set of dulcimers for each child, and they build 2-3 from kits so dulcimer music can continue in the school.
Lois was previously with us for Dulci-More Festival 5.
Ehukai Teves was born
Here on the mainland, Ehukai met Jean Ritchie, who became a good friend and admired his music. Her influence graced his understanding of Appalachian music and the mountain dulcimer, and Ehukai has used all his band experience to the instrument’s benefit. He developed the "Home-Middle-Outside" system of playing mountain dulcimer in 8 different keys using DAD tuning. He and Lois Hornbostel have combined their substantial talents and experience, playing concerts and teaching mountain dulcimer and ukulele throughout the year.
Living in the
This is Ehukai’s first Dulci-More Festival.
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
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
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, 2014, and 2016.
Bill Schilling is a high-energy folk-style singer and multi-instrumentalist who believes that this type of music should be inclusive. He is the founder and leader of Dulci-More and the Dulci-More Festival and a member of many other groups, which share or support the music. At Dulci-More Festivals, he has performed solo and as Bill Schilling with Carol Ellis; Bill Schilling, Linda Sigismondi, and Marge Diamond; Bill Schilling & Folks; Threes Co.; Whistler's Lane; and presented his Schilling's Slides, Songs, & Stories program. Bill has put together the music that Dulci-More uses and has it available in several volumes and formats: Dulci-More Public Domain Songbooks -- Volumes 1, 2, 3, Christmas Volume (all with numbers for lap dulcimer melody strings as well as music, chords, and lyrics), Autoharp Volume (with melody chord numbers in place of the dulcimer numbers), General Volume (with DAA Numbers) which is the full size version of the four smaller volumes plus much more material, Lyrics with Chords for those who prefer not to have the written music, but want to play along, and Lyrics Only for those who just want to sing along. The full size version is over 300 pages with over 300 songs. Bill has released a CD, Songs from Canal Days, with Linda Sigismondi and continues to threaten to release more recordings upon the world. Since 2005 with Dulci-More members Marcy and Dale Tudor, he has been the Music Coordinator and a regular instructor for Folk Music at Weatherbury Farm, the Tudor’s award winning farm vacation bed and breakfast in Avella, PA. Bill has also been an instructor at John C. Campbell Folk School.
Dulci-More: Folk & Traditional Musicians is a club that started in January 1993, at the First United Methodist Church of Salem. The purposes of the club are to have fun with folk-style music and to share that music with others. The club meets at 7:00 pm on the first Tuesday and Third Tuesday (note: it was the third Wednesday until January, 2000) of each month just off the sanctuary in the Unity Classroom of the First United Methodist Church of Salem, 244 South Broadway, Salem, OH 44460. All levels of acoustic instrumentalists and singers are always welcome at the meetings to jam, to learn, to listen, or to perform. Call ahead if you are coming from far away since performances or special meetings may be scheduled a few times a year on regular meeting nights. Since October of 2014, Dulci-More also has DUH! Dulci-More Ukulele Hangout. DUH! meets on the second Tuesday at 7:00 PM and the fourth Tuesday at 2:00 PM at the First United Methodist Church of Salem. Playing all styles of ukes, they sing along on a wide variety of songs and styles. They also welcome all levels of players and singers, and they have loaner ukes available at meetings.
I, Marge Diamond began playing dulcimer twenty-nine years ago. Without any musical background, but with tons of enthusiasm, I passed through the beginner stage. Progress was slow and quite painful at times, but persistence began to pay off. By attending dulcimer workshops when ever possible and hanging out with other musicians I began to pick up some technique, learned to keep a fairly good beat, and began making a few fiddle tunes my own.
Learning to play was an amazing thing for me, but then there are the fantastic people I have met along with the tunes. I just would never have believed that adults could come together to share music and have so much fun. There is nothing to compare. For twenty-seven years I have been doing this, and it still feels new and fresh. I am still learning. There is love shared with the learning of the music.
Currently Marge plays with The Oberlin Dulcimer Group and Dulci-More. Marge has performed and taught Dulcimer workshops since 1987. She has been on hand teaching and performing at all of the Dulci-More festivals, at most of the Fort New Salem Festivals, at several of the Kent State Folk Festivals, and has been on hand for some of the COFF festivals. Since retirement in 2003 Marge has been pursuing her love of making art. With her business, Winsome Expressions, she makes airbrushed music themed shirts, "Ultimate Totes", and other items for sale. Marge has one recording, Beyond Cabbage. which has occasionally been available on CD.
Marge has been part of all of our Dulci-More Festivals.
The Hired Hands are a very local group for our festival (living about a mile from the festival site) and have attended some workshops at the festival 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 (featured in an evening concert that year), 19, 20, 21, and 22. They also played for the Dulci-More Concert series in December of 2012. They are returning for Dulci-More Festival 23. 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
Miller has studied the Suzuki piano method under Mary Louise Foster for ten
years, and discovered her love of traditional music when she began to play harp
at age eight. She has taken workshops at the Ohio Scottish Arts School, 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 completed two Bachelor’s
Degrees in Biology and Philosophy and is currently pursuing
Laura Miller has studied the Suzuki
piano method under Mary Louis Foster since age six, and picked up the violin at
age 10. She attended the
Micah Miller has studied the Suzuki piano method under Mary Louis Foster for the past nine 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. She plays many local gigs and sessions, most recently being involved in a musical recording project for Christendom College in Front Royal, VA, where she is currently studying.
Maggie Miller began playing the piano
at age 6 and found her niche in the traditional music scene when she picked up
the tin whistle two years ago. She enjoys performing with the
family band and has attended tin whistle workshops at the Celtic Roots Festival
Since they are coming from their current locations all around the country, we may not know how many of them will be with us until shortly before the festival.
For over fifty years
Bill Locke has been entertaining audiences with his music which includes
old-time dulcimer, guitar, and banjo, as well as ragtime guitar and spirituals.
Bill grew up in the
philosophy is that "anyone can make music, regardless of age, musical ability or knowledge!” Brett teaches several workshops
throughout the tri-state area and is a full-time musician/instructor. He
currently teaches hammered dulcimer, mountain dulcimer, bluegrass banjo, clawhammer banjo, beginner acoustic guitar
and mandolin. He currently has a lesson series available on YouTube
and also teaches lessons via Skype
and FaceTime. He has been a featured teacher and
performer at the
Gary & Toni Sager are
Toni has been playing the
autoharp for about ten years, after getting an Oscar Schmidt as a Christmas
present. She had seen a lady playing one at the Fraley
Mountain Music Festival at Carter Caves State Resort in
Linda Sigismondi is a mountain dulcimer player and folksinger from Gallipolis and director of the Fort New Salem Dulcimer Festival. Her music includes traditional Appalachian tunes, traditional and contemporary folk music, and some original compositions that feature environmental themes. She has five mountain dulcimer books: Appalachian Ballads & Songs, Songs from Canal Days, Christmas Songs, Celtic Tunes, and Old Time and Fiddle Tunes. Linda has released a recording, Songs from Canal Days, with Bill Schilling and has companion recordings for her other books. She also plays guitar, Native American flute, Kratz zither, and MacArthur harp. Linda has taught workshops and performed at many folk music festivals in West Virginia, Ohio, and New York. Linda has played at Fort New Salem, West Virginia, for the Harvest and Christmas Festivals for many years. She is a Dulci-More member, attending a few activities a year even though she lives in Gallipolis. She has won many competitions at Roscoe Village Dulcimer Days and other competitions. Linda has been part of all of our Dulci-More Festivals.
Stringed Fantasy returns from the Canton-Massillon and beyond area. Current members include Rosalind Wilson, Alma Houston, Greg Zuder, Nancy Koenig, Sue Wheeler, and (not expected at this year’s festival) Linda Hill with hammered dulcimer, guitar, folk harp, violin, recorder, accordion, percussion, etc. They enjoy playing Celtic, folk, civil war era, and a variety of music. Several are Dulci-More members and some are members of the Canton Folk Song Society. Sue and Roz started giving workshops at Dulci-More Festival 2, and Stringed Fantasy has been with us for Dulci-More Festivals 3-11, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21, & 22.
will return this year from
Sutch Sounds performed at Dulci-More Festivals 12, 14, 15, 17, 18, 19, & 20.
Upriver plays a mixture of traditional and original folk music in the Celtic and Appalachian traditions. Their vibrant music is woven together with stories and legends to deepen your understanding of its rich heritage.
Dan Moorefield is featured on guitars, piano, fiddle, and vocals. His musical roots go back to the County Waterford, Ireland. Dan mixes his research on the history of the Irish people and their music with his life experiences as a farmer, school teacher, father, and businessman. He brings both music and education to our shows. Dan has a Masters degree in education.
Teresa Morrison brings to the music a
variety of instruments, which include the Irish whistle, alto recorder, banjo,
mandolin, guitars, and vocal. Her family roots are deep in the Scots Irish
heritage and she feels a soul connection with the music that has crossed the
performs traditional music of the
He is a historian with a B.A. from
Alice Whitehill is a Dulci-More member from
Additional Workshops by Tom Ball, Jim Stone, Jim Miller, Dulci-More Members (Kathy & Richard Small and maybe others), Festival Vendors
Tom Ball with Just Plain Folk
Wild Carrot with Tom Ball for Just Plain Folk at Dulci-More Festival 19
Special thanks go to Tom Ball of Just Plain Folk (previously a radio program and then a webcast at www.twistintomradio.com) for the support he has shown us by having Bill Schilling and other guests on the radio show to help promote Dulci-More Festival 6-21 as well as special Dulci-More events. The weekly show, which features recorded music, the Mountain Rose report, and live music from guests from the local area and beyond, with about 3 programs available at any time on the web. Starting with Dulci-More Festival 9, Just Plain Folk recorded a live interview for later broadcast as one of the workshops at the festival. Since Dulci-More Festival 10 they have done two different workshop interviews each year. Maureen Sellers even put out a CD with the material from her Just Plain Folk show. We had Tom as the emcee for the mini-concerts for Dulci-More Festival 22 and expect to have him back for Dulci-More Festival 23.
Performers & Performance Order Subject to Change as Needed
Mark Wade, Dan Landrum, & Audience at Dulci-More Festival 20
Festival Vendors (not all confirmed yet)
Alice Ann Whitehill will be back
again for Dulci-More Festival 23 with stock from Stitches
Connie & Don Shutts
Connie & Don Shutts were vending for the first time at Dulci-More Festival 22 with Dulcimer Jewelry that she makes. They are from Chardon.
Gary and Toni Sager were with us for the first time at Dulci-More Festival 12 and this will be their twelfth year
with us. They have been vending at festivals around the country for several
years with the Prussia Valley Dulcimers that
Brett will have a variety of his own CDs and those he has recorded with Phyllis Woods Brown as well as books and musical accessories. He also vended for Dulci-More Festival 22.
Known as the Ohio Bag Lady, Lee Felt sews quality mountain dulcimer cases and other accessories. Lee
and her husband, Doug, and their products were known
at dulcimer festivals around the country for their fine products. Since Doug
passed away in 2014, her daughter, son-in-law, and granddaughter heave been
helping keep up with production so that Lee can continue the circuit. Thistledew Acres was with us for our first and second Dulci-More festivals at
Paul Conrad is from
Marge Diamond will be back with Winsome Expressions including
airbrushed music themed shirts and other items for sale. Look for her latest
"Ultimate Totes" with music themes. Marge is based
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