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 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.
info_outline Richard Ash: The Face of Folkcraft Instruments 11/16/2017
Richard Ash: The Face of Folkcraft Instruments 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.
info_outline A Conversation with Judy Collins 09/07/2017
A Conversation with Judy Collins 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.
info_outline Dulcimer Week in the Wallowas 08/28/2017
Dulcimer Week in the Wallowas 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.
info_outline Mark Gilston: The Transcontinental Dulcimer 07/15/2017
Mark Gilston: The Transcontinental Dulcimer 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.
info_outline Aaron O’Rourke: Soulful Virtuosity 05/14/2017
Aaron O’Rourke: Soulful Virtuosity 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.
info_outline A Mother’s Day Special Featuring Margaret Wright and Cassandra Damper 04/15/2017
A Mother’s Day Special Featuring Margaret Wright and Cassandra Damper 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.
info_outline Richard Fariña and the Cambridge Folk Music Scene PART 2: A Conversation with Ed Freeman 02/27/2017
Richard Fariña and the Cambridge Folk Music Scene PART 2: A Conversation with Ed Freeman 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.
info_outline Richard Fariña and the Cambridge Folk Music Scene PART 1: A Conversation with Rick Turner 02/27/2017
Richard Fariña and the Cambridge Folk Music Scene PART 1: A Conversation with Rick Turner 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.
info_outline AppalAsia: Bridging Traditions 01/11/2017
AppalAsia: Bridging Traditions 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.
info_outline The Winter Holiday Dulcimer 12/01/2016
The Winter Holiday Dulcimer 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.
info_outline National Dulcimer Championship 2016 11/20/2016
National Dulcimer Championship 2016 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.
info_outline Ivan Ng Sheng Kai: Singapore’s Only Dulcimer Busker 10/08/2016
Ivan Ng Sheng Kai: Singapore’s Only Dulcimer Busker 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.
info_outline Dulcimer Short Story with Neal Hellman: Celebrities at the Renaissance Faire 08/28/2016
Dulcimer Short Story with Neal Hellman: Celebrities at the Renaissance Faire 017 This episode features stories told by Neal Hellman about celebrities who encountered the dulcimer at the Renaissance Faire.
info_outline Blues on Dulcimer 06/06/2016
Blues on Dulcimer 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.
info_outline Steve Eulberg: Dulcimer Crossing 05/02/2016
Steve Eulberg: Dulcimer Crossing 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.
info_outline Neal Hellman: Part Folk, Part Classical, All Acoustic 04/06/2016
Neal Hellman: Part Folk, Part Classical, All Acoustic 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.