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Showing posts from August, 2009

Instructor/Performer Profile: Stephen Seifert

Stephen began playing the mountain dulcimer in 1991. He is now a favorite at festivals and clubs around the country. Besides authoring a long list of books and videos, serving as dulcimer soloist with symphonies around the country, and organizing the world's first chromatic dulcimer festival, he also hosts Mountain Dulcimer Folk, a live weekly podcast featuring music and interviews with mountain dulcimer players around the world.

Stephen also dabbles with Irish whistle, Harmonica, Jaw-Harp, Clawhammer Banjo, Old-Time Fiddle, Piano, Guitar, and Bass. He believes that music is for everyone, not just famous folks. (

Instructor/Performer Profile: Gary Sager

Known as the “dulcimer doctor” at many festivals across the country, Gary Sager is a fine luthier of mountain dulcimers. His instruments are hand made of quality solid wood and are known for their rich tone and playability. Gary's dulcimers carry the Prussia Valley Dulcimer name.

He is also a fine performer and arranger of tunes, usually along with his wife, Toni. They have one album to their credit entitled “Rats In The Fence Corner” and are also instructors at many national festivals. (

Instructor/Performer Profile: Butch Ross

The dulcimer has opened many doors for Butch Ross: a full-ride scholarship for a graduate degree in folk studies, a quickly-earned reputation amongst the dulcimer community as one of the most innovative and exciting players on the scene, endorsement offers, including one builder who working with him, created a "Butch Ross Signature Model," opening slots for a wide variety of performers from Hayseed Dixie and Little Country Giants to the Jazz Mandolin Project, Great Big Sea and the legendary Jean Ritchie.

Additionally the dulcimer has found him invited to play festivals and clubs in England, Scotland, Ireland, Sweden, Belgium, Germany and most recently Budapest, Hungary. (

Instructor/Performer Profile: Aaron O'Rourke

In a very short time, Aaron has made his dulcimer mark performing and teaching. He quickly became one of the headlining names at many dulcimer festivals including the Suwannee Dulcimer Retreat, Augusta Heritage Center (Davis and Elkins College), Western Carolina University’s Dulcimer Week, and Unicoi Dulcimer Fest.

To many dulcimer players, he is the one to bring the dulcimer out of the “dark ages” of folk obscurity, and into the fast-paced world of bluegrass pyrotechnics. To others, Aaron’s performances always reveal a tasteful, well-composed musician. (