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Instructor/Performer Profile: Robert Force

In his 41-year love affair with the dulcimer, Robert has traveled across three continents making and sharing music-- solo, at many of life's bus stops, as well as on stage with such diverse acts as Artis the Spoonman (of Soundgarden fame), to Country icon, Doc Watson, to Hollywood legend, Zsa Zsa Gabor.

His numerous recordings, books and appearances have helped launch a generation of new players, establishing a contemporary world voice for the instrument. He brings wit, humor and a lifetime of dedicated study to his workshops. On his "Wild Dulcimer" Facebook page, he notes, “Music will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no music.” (

Instructor/Performer Profile: David Beede

David Beede, of Melrose Florida, is a musician/singer/songwriter who built his first dulcimer in 1973 and has been teaching and sharing his music with folks of all ages for three decades.

In concerts, schools, folk festivals, coffee houses and street corners, his music has tickled ears from Florida to Maine...from the Paris underground to Dublin Radio. David's music ranges from traditional British Isle folk to original instrumentals and vocals from the silly to the sublime. Award winning luthier and co-founder of Unicorn Strings Music Company, much of his music is rendered on instruments of his own creation. (