Hammered Dulcimer Solos
Originally from South Carolina, I have played instruments most of my life, starting with the piano at age five. I now live in Cold Spring, Kentucky and after working as a biologist, potter and teacher, have made my living as a musician playing primarily the hammered dulcimer for the last sixteen years, although I also play bluegrass style banjo. I play for a variety of events including weddings, receptions, festivals, parties, concerts, dinners and craft markets and at a variety of venues including schools, churches, bookstores, cafes, museums, parks, art galleries, libraries, historic homes and businesses. I play mostly traditional Appalachian, Celtic and Old Time music and have produced several recordings, all of which are available on this site. I enjoy playing informally among the public, a 'sidewalk musician' as it were, allowing anyone interested an opportunity to try the instrument themselves. My music also works especially well as a gentle background for social gatherings. It provides a relaxing atmosphere and still allows for conversation. I often perform with other musicians as well when the occasion calls for a bigger sound. Other instruments I've recorded with are the flute, fiddle, guitar, pennywhistle, harp and banjo, all of which combine wonderfully with the hammered dulcimer.