List of Appalachian dulcimer players

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Prominent mountain dulcimer players[edit]

Well-known musicians who play (or played) the Appalachian dulcimer as a primary instrument include:

  • Don Pedi, In 1974 Don entered his first contest, at Fiddler's Grove in North Carolina, and won first place. By 1980 he had won so many contests at Fiddler's Grove that he was certified "Master Dulcimer Player" and retired from future competitions.[2]
  • Robert Force. Pioneer of the standing up, overhand style of playing
  • Jean Ritchie
  • Richard Fariña
  • Nashville-based David Schnaufer recorded with The Judds, Kathy Mattea, Johnny Cash, and Mark O'Connor. Schnaufer was a historian of the instrument and the world's first dulcimer professor; he served as Adjunct Associate Professor of Dulcimer at Vanderbilt University's Blair School of Music from 1995 to his death in 2006.[3]
  • Stephen Seifert of Nashville. A popular presence at American folk music festivals, Seifert also performs with classical symphonies around the United States.
  • Bing Futch won the "Best Guitar" (Solo/Duo) award at the 2016 International Blues Challenge while competing on the mountain dulcimer. He has released numerous albums, published instructional books for the instrument and performs regularly at festivals and music venues across the United States. He is from Orlando Florida.
  • Lorraine "Lee" Hammond recorded An Exultation of Dulcimers with Roger Nicholson (whose music she helped introduce to the United States).[4][dead link]
  • Mark Gilston, National dulcimer champion who broadened the scope of the dulcimer back in the 1970's to include music from all over Europe, specializing in Balkan, British, Scandinavian and American Old [5]
  • Guitarist John Pearse, an early British enthusiast of the mountain dulcimer, was one of the first to introduce the dulcimer to English folk clubs in the 1960s.
  • Roger Nicholson (1943-2009)[6] recorded a seminal album, Nonesuch for Dulcimer, with English guitarist and singer Robert Johnson (later of Steeleye Span) in 1972.
  • Margaret MacArthur, folk music historian, musician and dulcimer instructor, introduced the mountain dulcimer to many folk musicians in the 1960s.
  • Jen Clark, pioneer of dulcimer in Scottish traditional and contemporary music, toured extensively and recorded Stand Easy as a member of the Battlefield Band in 1979.[7]

Big-name musicians who have recorded with a mountain dulcimer[edit]

  • Joni Mitchell played a dulcimer on the 1971 album Blue and included a dulcimer set in many of her live performances. She is credited with popularizing the instrument outside of US folk music circles in the 1970s.
  • Many British folk-rock groups of the late 1960s and early 1970s featured the mountain dulcimer, including:

Other musicians[edit]


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  2. ^ "Don Pedi - Dulcimer player - Blue Ridge Mountains - Blue Ridge National Heritage Area".
  3. ^ "Folk - Departments - Blair School of Music - Vanderbilt University".
  4. ^ "Country Music – Music News, New Songs, Videos, Music Shows and Playlists from CMT".
  5. ^ Time.
  6. ^ "Roger Nicholson: Britain's most influential dulcimer player". 24 February 2010.
  7. ^ "Jen Clark - training, projects, voicework".
  8. ^ adsctt (19 December 2007). "Cyndi Lauper Sings "Time After Time" Live on Martha Stewart" – via YouTube.
  9. ^ Beaudoin, Jedd. "Bruce Hornsby Picks Up The Dulcimer For 'Rehab Reunion'".
  10. ^ "Please choose your country".
  11. ^, Second Chance Productions / Original design by Janis Carper -. "Heidi Muller - performing songwriter; guitar and mountain dulcimer".
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-02-16. Retrieved 2009-02-27.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)