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Hearts of the Dulcimer

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The Hearts of the Dulcimer Podcast explores the mountain dulcimer's past, present, and future. If you’re interested in mountain dulcimers, this is the podcast for you.

The Hearts of the Dulcimer Podcast explores the mountain dulcimer's past, present, and future. If you’re interested in mountain dulcimers, this is the podcast for you.
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United States

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The Hearts of the Dulcimer Podcast explores the mountain dulcimer's past, present, and future. If you’re interested in mountain dulcimers, this is the podcast for you.

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English


Episodes

Richard Ash: The Face of Folkcraft Instruments

11/16/2017
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030 We spoke with Richard Ash from Folkcraft Instruments about the dulcimers his company has built since 1968. With music played on Folkcraft dulcimers from Bing Futch, Stephen Seifert, John and Karen Keane, and Wendy Songe.

Duration: 00:30:21


The Driven Wendy Songe

10/4/2017
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029 In this episode we feature dulcimer player Wendy Songe who is an award winning singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, poet, performer, teacher, and nationally touring musician.

Duration: 00:30:43


A Conversation with Judy Collins

9/7/2017
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028 We spoke with legendary award-winning singer-songwriter Judy Collins about her good friend Richard Fariña. We also explored the importance of Judy Collins’ Fifth Album in introducing the dulcimer in the mid-1960s. With additional commentary by Neal Hellman and readings from Richard Fariña’s cousin Omar Lugones.

Duration: 00:30:04


Dulcimer Week in the Wallowas

8/28/2017
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027 Dulcimer Week in the Wallowas is an annual adult music camp held over the July 4th week and is devoted to learning the mountain dulcimer. This episode is about our experience at the camp with interviews and music from the festival instructors and attendees.

Duration: 00:53:13


Mark Gilston: The Transcontinental Dulcimer

7/14/2017
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026 From the Balkans to Scandinavia to the UK and the US, Mark Gilston, the first place winner of the 2016 National Mountain Dulcimer Championship, tells us stories behind the tunes he plays.

Duration: 00:29:34


Aaron O’Rourke: Soulful Virtuosity

5/14/2017
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025 We feature the music and our conversation with Aaron O’Rourke, one of today’s most innovative dulcimer players and composers. At the age of 31, Aaron has already produced an amazing amount of work in solo and ensemble recording and instruction.

Duration: 00:51:26


A Mother’s Day Special Featuring Margaret Wright and Cassandra Damper

4/14/2017
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024 For this Mother’s Day, we’d like to celebrate all mothers who play dulcimer. We especially appreciate the dulcimer mothers who teach dulcimer to their children and to others. To honor all dulcimer mothers, we’re presenting the heartwarming story of a special dulcimer mother: Margaret Wright and her daughter Cassandra Damper.

Duration: 00:36:08


Richard Fariña and the Cambridge Folk Music Scene PART 2: A Conversation with Ed Freeman

2/27/2017
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023 Ed Freeman was part of the Cambridge folk music scene in the early 60s and interviewed Richard and Mimi Fariña on his radio show in 1965. We spoke with Ed about this and much more.

Duration: 00:33:49


Richard Fariña and the Cambridge Folk Music Scene PART 1: A Conversation with Rick Turner

2/27/2017
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022 The well-known luthier Rick Turner shares personal stories about Richard and Mimi Fariña and how his luthier skills led him to become part of dulcimer history that was almost forgotten.

Duration: 00:37:28


AppalAsia: Bridging Traditions

1/10/2017
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021 With the unusual combination of two American and one Chinese instrument, the trio AppalAsia bridge the Appalachian and Chinese music traditions to create music that is soulful, sophisticated, and genre bending.

Duration: 00:34:57


The Winter Holiday Dulcimer

12/1/2016
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020 From a contemporary jazz folk original to holiday staples and medieval music, we present tunes that are joyous, reflective, and capture the essence of winter. With music by Linda Brockinton, Heidi Muller and Bob Webb, Lance Frodsham, Jack and Mary Giger, Mark Gilston, Jessica Comeau, Bing Futch, and AppalAsia.

Duration: 00:30:10


National Dulcimer Championship 2016

11/19/2016
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019 One of the best places to hear new talent in the mountain dulcimer world is at the National Mountain Dulcimer Championship. This annual event takes place at the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kansas. We spoke with 2016 winners Mark Gilston, Cassandra Damper, and Wendy Songe, as well as Jim Woods from McSpadden Dulcimers.

Duration: 00:28:32


Ivan Ng Sheng Kai: Singapore’s Only Dulcimer Busker

10/7/2016
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018 Singapore seems to have only one performing mountain dulcimer player. He’s a 24 year old busker named Ivan Ng Sheng Kai. Hear what it’s like to be the lone dulcimer performer in Singapore, and the extraordinary measures he’s had to take to find and learn how to play it.

Duration: 00:16:51


Dulcimer Short Story with Neal Hellman: Celebrities at the Renaissance Faire

8/28/2016
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017 This episode features stories told by Neal Hellman about celebrities who encountered the dulcimer at the Renaissance Faire.

Duration: 00:10:39


Blues on Dulcimer

6/5/2016
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016 On the surface, it seems that the mountain dulcimer is not an instrument created for playing the Blues. The impression of the dulcimer’s sweet simple sound seems that it would be too gentle to express the raw feelings evoked with the Blues. Additionally, the dulcimer’s diatonic fret pattern often doesn’t have the notes that are in the pentatonic Blues scale. Needless to say, it takes creativity and persistence to play the Blues on the dulcimer.

Duration: 00:27:40


Steve Eulberg: Dulcimer Crossing

5/2/2016
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015 Steve Eulberg is a multi-instrumentalist who plays and sings traditional songs and fiddle tunes; weaving together Celtic, Old-Time, blues, and jazz on both the mountain dulcimer and hammered dulcimer. He runs the website Dulcimer Crossing, which provides hundreds of online video dulcimer lessons by several known dulcimer teachers.

Duration: 00:28:04


Neal Hellman: Part Folk, Part Classical, All Acoustic

4/5/2016
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014 Neal Hellman has played the mountain dulcimer for more than 40 years and is the founder, director, and one of the primary artists on the Gourd Music record label. Gourd Music recordings are known for lush arrangements often pairing the dulcimer with folk and classical instruments. With music by Gourd Music artists.

Duration: 00:36:52


Linda Brockinton: The Art of Fingerpicking

2/27/2016
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013 Linda Brockinton is known for playing a full chord fingerpicking style on the mountain dulcimer. In 2001, she was the first woman to win first place in the National Mountain Dulcimer Championship as well as the first to win playing a full chord fingerpicking style.

Duration: 00:27:23


Judy Klinkhammer: A Dulcimer Life, Part 2

2/6/2016
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012 The second in the two part celebration of Judy Klinkhammer’s life. She was a well-loved dulcimer player and teacher who lived in the Ozark Mountains in Arkansas. Many people credit Judy for introducing the dulcimer to that part of Arkansas in the early 60s. She truly lived with the dulcimer in the center of her life.

Duration: 00:38:19


Judy Klinkhammer: A Dulcimer Life, Part 1

2/6/2016
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011 The first of a two part celebration of Judy Klinkhammer’s life. She was a well-loved dulcimer player and teacher who lived in the Ozark Mountains in Arkansas. Many people credit Judy for introducing the dulcimer to that part of Arkansas in the early 60s. She truly lived with the dulcimer in the center of her life.

Duration: 00:27:48

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