Don Pedi is a Traditional Mountain Musician who plays the dulcimer. He shares songs, tunes and stories in a warm, often humorous and always entertaining manner. Don is known for developing a playing style for the fretted mountain dulcimer that can match a fiddle, note for note, while maintaining the rhythms and characteristics of traditional music. He won first place in the first contest he ever entered at Fiddler's Grove in Union Grove, North Carolina in 1974 Before retiring from competition in 1984, Don had amassed around forty first place ribbons. Over the decades, he’s been recognized and honored for collecting, preserving and performing Traditional Appalachian music. In addition to performing solo, beginning in 1982, Don has played with and absorbed tunes from his friend and music partner Bruce Greene. Since 1985 Don has championed folk music as an on air host at NPR affiliate WCQS 88.1 in Asheville, NC. His weekly show "Close to Home" airs on Saturdays, locally from 8:00-10:00pm (Eastern Time) and simultaneously streams on the web. Don has appeared in the motion pictures "The Song Catcher" and "The Journey of August King", as well as a number of documentaries and music specials. http://www.donpedi.com/
For years, Susan Trump has been winning fans with her singing, her outstanding instrumental skill on the mountain dulcimer, guitar and banjo, and her clear, relaxed teaching style. She is a much sought-after instructor and performer whose have been a part of dulcimer events nationwide. She has won awards in both banjo and mountain dulcimer competitions. Susan has released four best-selling solo CDs. Her newest CD, "Songs of Faith and Hope," a collection of inspirational, uplifting songs for everyone is being touted as her best ever. Susan's magic stems from her ability to link the pastoral, tranquil images of traditional rural America to our contemporary life. Her songs touch the heart, recall the past, and inspire the times ahead. Her sense of humor always adds a fresh touch to her performances, combined with her outstanding artistry on the mountain dulcimer, guitar, banjo, and fretless banjo. Susan has authored the book "Classical Collections," and "A Novice Level Chords and Fingering Book" and instructional CD. She is the producer of Volumes One and Two of the classic "Masters of the Mountain Dulcimer" series, featuring instrumental selections from many of the finest players in the country. The third in the series, "Masters of the Mountain Dulcimer Play Music for Christmas" was released in November 2007. Her latest project is "Lessons in Your Living Room," a monthly subscription series of lessons which includes arrangements for novice, intermediate-plus, back-up chords, duet parts, introductions and endings, with TAB and instruction for all parts on CD. http://susantrump.com/
Linda Thomas & Dan DeLancey
Linda Thomas and Dan DeLancey are award-winning players who have performed together for over twenty years, gaining the attention of fans and reviewers worldwide. The duo has recorded twelve albums together and facilitates workshops for beginner to advanced players. Linda has published several instructional books with arrangements for hammered dulcimer. Linda holds a degree in Music Education and a Master of Arts in Teaching. Dan has won first place or been a finalist in many guitar championships. http://www.lindadan.com/
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.
How many autoharps does it take to make an autoharpoholic? LeAne has four of them, plus other assorted musical "friends." She purchased her first autoharp back in the 1960's to use in the classroom to teach French songs and vocabulary to her students. Now recently retired from 43 years of teaching at the University of Minnesota Duluth, she still wants to help others to delight in learning, this time in learning to play this lovable "little piano." A participant in workshops by Evo Bluestein, Stevie Beck, and Patrick Couton, among others, she has given sessions herself to elementary education majors who might use the autoharp in their future classes and to members of community education classes. LeAne has used this versatile instrument to provide background for programs, to foster musical literacy, and to connect players with folk music.