Hearts of the Dulcimer
The Hearts of the Dulcimer Podcast explores the mountain dulcimer's past, present, and future. If you like mountain dulcimers, this is the podcast for you.
info_outline Dulcimer Originals 01/16/2023
Dulcimer Originals 059 In this episode we’re playing originals composed and performed on the mountain dulcimer by the artists themselves. You’ll be hearing music from dulcimer players Gary Gallier, Leo Kretzner, Mary Giger, Aubrey Atwater, Neal Walters, Christine Shoemaker, Holly Tannen, and Ken Bloom.
info_outline Ashley Ernst, Publisher and Owner of Dulcimer Players News 11/24/2022
Ashley Ernst, Publisher and Owner of Dulcimer Players News 058 In this episode we’re featuring our conversation with Ashley Ernst, the owner and publisher of Dulcimer Players News. DPN has been the quarterly magazine for mountain and hammered dulcimer players since 1975. With music from both hammered and mountain dulcimer musicians.
info_outline Early Music and the Mountain Dulcimer 03/13/2022
Early Music and the Mountain Dulcimer 056 In this episode we’re exploring Early Music on the mountain dulcimer. Although the mountain dulcimer didn’t exist until centuries after the Early Music time frame, its tonality fits perfectly with the temperament of Early Music. With music from Howie Mitchell, Holly Tannen, and Jessica Comeau.
info_outline Fiddle Tune Stories with The Bach and Beethoven Experience 11/25/2021
Fiddle Tune Stories with The Bach and Beethoven Experience 054 In our final episode, we bring you the Chicago-based group The Bach and Beethoven Experience sharing stories behind some of the fiddle tunes they played on their album An Appalachian Summer. We spoke with fiddler Brandi Berry Benson and dulcimer player Keith Collins, who have their feet firmly grounded in the classical and traditional music worlds.
info_outline Fiddle Tune Stories with Pam Weeks 10/25/2021
Fiddle Tune Stories with Pam Weeks 053 If you’re a mountain dulcimer player, chances are you know how to play more than a few fiddle tunes on your dulcimer. Each tune has its own origin story. These stories are often attached to specific places, events, or people. In this and the next episode, we’ll bring you the backstories of some of these fiddle tunes.
info_outline Grant Olson Dulcimer Explorer 08/30/2021
Grant Olson Dulcimer Explorer 052 We spoke with the talented young dulcimer player Grant Olson from Minnesota. In 2019 at the age of 17, Grant won the coveted first place in the Mountain Dulcimer National Championship at the Walnut Valley Music Festival in Winfield, Kansas. In addition to playing the dulcimer, Grant also composes his own music.
info_outline The Sweet Harmonies of Aubrey Atwater and Elwood Donnelly 05/10/2021
The Sweet Harmonies of Aubrey Atwater and Elwood Donnelly 051 In this episode we feature the stories and music of Aubrey Atwater and Elwood Donnelly, a husband and wife musical duo based in Warren, Rhode Island. They’re well known for their blend of gorgeous vocals as well as being multi-instrumentalists. The amazing array of instruments they play include old-time banjo, tin whistle, guitar, mandolin, harmonica, limberjacks, feet, and of course, mountain dulcimer.
info_outline Jim and Betty Woods: The Longtime Owners of McSpadden Dulcimers 02/05/2021
Jim and Betty Woods: The Longtime Owners of McSpadden Dulcimers 050 In this episode we feature our conversation with Jim and Betty Woods, longtime owners of the renowned McSpadden Dulcimers. Over the last two decades, Jim and Betty were able to maintain and raise the reputation of McSpadden Dulcimers. In 2020, Jim and Betty transferred ownership of McSpadden Dulcimers.
info_outline Stay Home and Sing with the Dulcimer: with Aubrey Atwater 12/29/2020
Stay Home and Sing with the Dulcimer: with Aubrey Atwater 049 Here’s another stay home and play dulcimer episode created during the COVID-19 pandemic. Aubrey Atwater shares tips on how to improve singing and singing with the dulcimer.
info_outline Stay Home and Play Dulcimer: with Heidi Muller and Bob Webb 05/17/2020
Stay Home and Play Dulcimer: with Heidi Muller and Bob Webb 048 This is another episode created especially for dulcimer players. We spoke with Heidi Muller and Bob Webb, who shared tips and ideas for using time at home to improve your dulcimer playing.
info_outline Stay Home and Play Dulcimer: with Stephen Seifert 04/10/2020
Stay Home and Play Dulcimer: with Stephen Seifert 047 This episode was especially created for dulcimer players. We spoke with Stephen Seifert, one of the top dulcimer performers and teachers in the mountain dulcimer world. Steve gives tips and ideas for what dulcimer players can do to help improve their playing while they’re staying at home.
info_outline The Deep Sounds of Neal and Coleen Walters 03/25/2020
The Deep Sounds of Neal and Coleen Walters E046 We spoke with Neal and Coleen Walters, a husband and wife musical duo who have been playing music together for more than 5 decades. Neal is well-known for his deep voice and his dulcimer and autoharp playing. Also featuring music from The Mill Run Dulcimer Band and Doofus.
info_outline Dulcimer Lullabies 10/23/2019
Dulcimer Lullabies 044 The gentle sound of the dulcimer lends itself to lullabies. They ease us into the day and calm us down at night. Lullabies give comfort to the inner child in all of us, no matter how old or young we are. In this episode you’ll hear lullabies played by dulcimer players David Schnaufer, Molly McCormack, Neal Walters, Aubrey Atwater, Dusty Turtle, Jessica Comeau, Stephen Seifert, Carol Walker, Kevin Roth, Lorinda Jones, and Duane Porterfield. With commentary by lullabologist Julia Soto Lebentritt.
info_outline A Children’s Music Special 08/01/2019
A Children’s Music Special 043 We're focusing this episode on music for children on the mountain dulcimer. You'll hear traditional and original songs, songs about whimsical instruments, animal adventures, and songs about people and places. With music from dulcimer players Heidi Muller, Bob Webb, Molly McCormack, Kevin Roth, Aubrey Atwater, Joellen Lapidus, Rick Scott, and John Elwood.
info_outline The Healing Dulcimer 04/01/2019
The Healing Dulcimer 041 We spoke with dulcimer players Lorinda Jones, a professional music therapist, Sally Smith, a hospice music volunteer, and Marian Perdas and Carollyn Robinson, music volunteers for memory care about how they use the mountain dulcimer to help those in need.
info_outline The Orchestral Dulcimer 02/01/2019
The Orchestral Dulcimer 040 In this episode we feature Oregon-based composer and conductor Mark Steighner, who has written two concertos for the mountain dulcimer. We're also featuring Stephen Seifert, who performed both of Mark's concertos as the dulcimer soloist.
info_outline The Winter Holiday Dulcimer 2018 12/10/2018
The Winter Holiday Dulcimer 2018 039 With music from all over the globe, celebrate the season with wintry seasonal dulcimer music from Butch Ross, Lorraine Hammond, Jessica Comeau, Don Pedi, Tull Glazener, Madeline MacNeil, Nina Zanetti, Aubrey Atwater, and Christine Shoemaker.
info_outline 3 Stories and 3 Tunes from Heidi Muller and Bob Webb 11/16/2018
3 Stories and 3 Tunes from Heidi Muller and Bob Webb 038 Winter's Turning, My Barista, and Sacred Ground. What do they have in common? They were all written by singer songwriter and dulcimer player Heidi Muller. Heidi and her life partner Bob Webb tell us the stories behind each of these three tunes.
info_outline Golden Ring: A Gathering of Friends for Making Music 08/29/2018
Golden Ring: A Gathering of Friends for Making Music 037 The 1964 LP Golden Ring: A Gathering of Friends for Making Music became one of the most popular recordings of the early folk music revival. In this episode, find out why Golden Ring was a groundbreaking album for the mountain dulcimer.
info_outline The Many Modes of Stephen Seifert 06/29/2018
The Many Modes of Stephen Seifert 036 Stephen Seifert is one of the most accomplished dulcimer performers today. Possessing an impeccable command of the instrument, he's a favorite at festivals and clubs around the country and has performed as a soloist on his mountain dulcimer with symphony orchestras.
info_outline The Dulcimer Adventures of Joellen Lapidus 05/31/2018
The Dulcimer Adventures of Joellen Lapidus 035 In this episode we feature innovative dulcimer player, teacher, and builder Joellen Lapidus. Her dulcimers are simply the most unique and beautiful dulcimers ever built. Equally impressive is Joellen's rhythmically sophisticated dulcimer playing.
info_outline Heidi Muller and Bob Webb: Music with a Purpose 04/11/2018
Heidi Muller and Bob Webb: Music with a Purpose 034 In this episode we feature the music and musical journey of life partners Heidi Muller and Bob Webb. Heidi and Bob are multi-instrumentalists who play original and traditional tunes. They blend each other's influences that reach from the Pacific Northwest to the Appalachian Mountains.
info_outline An Irish Music Special 02/19/2018
An Irish Music Special 033 In this episode we're playing music from Ireland, all on the mountain dulcimer, of course. With music from dulcimer players Carol Walker, Aubrey Atwater, Neal Hellman, Jonathan Dowell, Mark Gilston, Linda Brockinton, Gary Gallier, Molly McCormack, Lorinda Jones, and Larry and Elaine Conger.
info_outline The Legendary Howie Mitchell 01/13/2018
The Legendary Howie Mitchell 032 In this episode, we present the stories and music of Howie Mitchell. An innovator of dulcimer building and playing in the 1950s and 60s, Howie is credited with spreading the idea of the 6 and half fret, the DAD Mixolydian tuning, and the chord melody style of playing dulcimer starting in the late 1950s. All three of these ideas caught on in the dulcimer world and for many players is the standard way of playing dulcimer.
info_outline The Winter Holiday Dulcimer 2017 12/15/2017
The Winter Holiday Dulcimer 2017 031 Celebrate the winter season with wintry seasonal music by dulcimer players John and Karen Keane, Christine Shoemaker, Stephen Seifert, Wendy Songe, Jessica Comeau, Holly Tannen, and Heidi Muller and Bob Webb.