Performers / Instructors 2013

Peggy Carter & Lisa Ellsworth

Peggy Carter (far left) is a teacher and performer living in Houston Texas. She hails originally from Florida where she earned a degree in Music from Stetson University in DeLand, Florida. She taught public school music in Florida, North Carolina and Texas. Peggy is now teaching and performing music on the hammer dulcimer andAppalachian Mountain dulcimer across the USA and abroad. She has won the TexasHammer Dulcimer Championship and the Southern Regional Hammer DulcimerChampionship and was Runner-Up for the Mt. Dulcimer Championship. Peggy has produced five CDs and numerous books and arrangements for hammerdulcimer, Mt. dulcimer and acoustic ensembles.

Her daughter, Lisa Ellsworth, will be teaching a couple of singing workshops.

Karen Mueller

Karen Mueller is one of the top performers and instructors on the dulcimer circuit today, specializing in mountain dulcimer and autoharp. Based in Minneapolis, she has been a workshop leader from coast to coast as well as in England. Her exciting and innovative performing style features Appalachian, Celtic and contemporary music. /Bluegrass Unlimited/ magazine has said "Karen Mueller's touch, timing and taste make her a true virtuoso. Her talent and clarity...deserve a wide audience." Karen won the 1986 International Autoharp Championship and was a National Dulcimer finalist in 1985, both at the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, KS. In 2006 she was inducted into the Autoharp Hall of Fame. A native of Winfield, she first attended the festival while in high school and was inspired to learn to play the autoharp and dulcimer by the performers she saw there. She has released six solo CDs and authored three music books. Karen is an active teacher of private lessons, school classes and residencies, and also performs with Irish singer Katie McMahon, the original lead singer from /Riverdance/. In 2012, Karen received a McKnight Artist Fellowship, one of the top honors and awards for musicians in Minnesota.

Greenwood Tree - Stu Janis & Bill Cagley

Stu Janis (left) lives in Hudson, Wisconsin, and started playing hammered dulcimer in 1983 during a three-year stay in Wilmington, North Carolina. Stu joined forces with Bill Cagley to form Greenwood Tree shortly after moving to the Twin Cities in the mid 1980s and has been on the teaching staff of the Homestead Pickin' Parlor nearly as long. Stu's other performance outlets include playing tsimbl in Eisner's Klezmorim, a variant of the hammered dulcimer, and accompanying choirs on the music of Malcolm Dalglish. He has led hammered dulcimer workshops from Minnesota to Belgium. Stu also plays bowed psaltery and concertina.

Bill Cagley is a full-time musician who bought his first guitar the day he graduated high school. Bill learned music in Waterloo and Iowa City, Iowa, by listening to recordings and playing with such masters as Al Murphy and Bob Black. He became a full-time musician in 1987. Bill is a regular solo performer operating with the motto, "Music of all ages for all ages." He entertains at historic sites, senior centers, and family outings, among others.

Alan Anderson

Al is a reformed trombonist from Two Harbors who discovered that it not only is a ukulele more convenient and portable than a trombone, but it works a lot better for accompanying yourself as you sing the good old songs. He is the founder of the Two Harbors Ukulele Group (T.H.U.G.) and North Shore Trombone Quartet (N.S.T.Q.), and is active in the Two Harbors City Band, as a trombonist and director, and directs the United Church of Two Harbors choir.