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She was born in New York, New York in 1935 and died in New Orleans, Louisiana in 2003. Carter performed contemporary, folk, traditional and medieval music with a large collection of stringed instruments such as the hammered dulcimer, zither, psaltery and Hurdy-Gurdy. She was a founding member of Mediæval Bæbes. She began studying classical piano at age 6; she studied at Bard College in New York, the London Royal Academy and Guildhall School of Music in France.
She is survived by a son and daughter, Justin Carter of Los Angeles, California and Celeste Carter of Picayune, Mississippi and a grandson, Damien Helgason.
- 2000, Vancouver, BC. Dorothy Carter played hurdy gurdy at the Vancouver Folk Music Festival. A recording can be heard on the Soundscapes 2000 album.
- Troubadour (Dorothy Carter album) (1976)
- Waillee Waillee (1978)
- Salva Nos Mediæval Bæbes. (Save Us) (1997)
- Worldes Blysse Mediæval Bæbes. (1998)
- The Best of the Mediæval Bæbes (1999, a compilation of tracks from the first two albums)
- Undrentide (2000)
- Lonesome Dove (2000)
- The Rose (2002)
- Dorothy Carter (2003)
- Dorothy Carter on Last FM (illustrations, music, information)
- Billboard - 1998 8 8 " ... in Berlin in 1996. While there, she hooked up with MEDIAEVAL BAEBES Dorothy Carter, an older woman ..."
- Willin, Melvyn J. (2005). Music, witchcraft and the paranormal. p. 252. "The Mediaeval Baebes were formed in 1996 when a medieval music enthusiast, Dorothy Carter, inspired Katherine Blake, a professional singer with the group Miranda Sex Garden, with her performance on medieval instruments."
- "Soundscapes". Vancouver Folk Music Festival.