In addition to solo presentations, I perform with three groups, each with its own unique style.
FLAT MOUNTAIN DULCIMERS is a trio of me plus Dave and Margit Roberson. We enjoy playing traditional old-time music as well as bluegrass, country, rock, etc. In addition to the dulcimer, Dave plays guitar and mandolin, Margit plays mandolin, and I add the mellow sound of the cello. We have performed at dulcimer workshops, fairs, festivals, coffee shops, restaurants, service clubs and private parties. We are most proud of a program we did at the Arts Council of Wayne County which was part of the Smithsonian Institution’s traveling exhibition, “New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music.” For this program we wove various types of music (old-time fiddle, gospel, shape note, rock, country, bluegrass) into a presentation on America’s musical heritage.
The name Flat Mountain Dulcimers comes from the fact that we play mostly mountain dulcimers, mostly mountain music, but live in the flat lands of eastern North Carolina. We have made two CDs and are available for concerts or musical programs which may incorporate the history of the mountain dulcimer.
WATERBOUND DULCIMERS is a club of dulcimer players based in Kinston, NC. While Waterbound started out with JC, Ron Cyr and me, we were soon joined by Dave and Margit Roberson. The name combined our experience with Hurricane Floyd with the chorus of the old-time tune "Waterbound"; "Waterbound and I can't get home, down in North Carolina". The club has grown and our members have formed even more clubs in New Bern, Duplin County, and Snow HIll, NC.
Waterbound coordinates an annual mountain dulcimer workshop to bring a variety of instructon for our members and for regional dulcimer enthusiasts. We also sponsor semi-annual dulcimer jams as a means of getting dulcimer players from central and eastern NC together to share music and fun (and food). Waterbound annually sponsors a scholarship to Western Carolina University’s Dulcimer U workshop in memory of our friend Ron Cyr.
Membership in Waterbound is free and we encourage anyone who would like to try playing a dulcimer to join us either at our annual spring workshop or our monthly meetings so we can get you started on a new musical journey. Waterbound is also available to play at churches, nursing and assisted living homes, festivals, etc.
DOLCE DULCIMERS is a quartet of dulcimer players who especially enjoy playing music in parts. Barbara Strickland, our bass player, also coordinates Duplin Dulcimers. Edie Harrison, Carolyn Roberts and I round out the quartet. Carolyn sometimes adds her fiddle. We play at churches, nursing and assisted living homes, parties, fairs, service organizations, etc.
Please contact me to schedule me or any of these performers for your next event.