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I've been playing acoustic folk and rhythm guitar since the 1960s and hammered dulcimer since 1990 for:
My two hammered dulcimers are:
Typically I play background music during the pre-ceremony seating, a piece for the bridal party processional, another piece for the bride's processional, and then energetic joyous music for the recessional and while your guests are exiting the venue. For the processionals you get to choose from a variety of traditional and contemporary pieces I've arranged for the hammered dulcimer - I can provide you with a website of my recordings you can listen to to make your choices. If you like I can also provide music for additional parts of your service such as a candlelighting ceremony or a quiet musical interlude.
For newlyweds wishing to have a contra dance for their families and guests after the meal, I can provide a band and caller. This is a great way to get the families and guests up on their feet and interacting with each other in a fun activity that everyone can participate in. No prior dance experience is necessary.
Use the Contact menu selection at the top of this page to send me an email if you are interested in having hammered dulcimer music for your wedding, reception, church service or other ceremony. I'm happy to answer any questions you might have about my music, local venues, and wedding ceremonies in general.
When I got home I bought a 12/11 instrument and several instruction books that turned out to be of little help. As luck would have it a few weeks later I went to a local dance where the band that evening was Lucille Reilly playing the whole dance, just her on dulcimer with a piano. I was impressed. I bought Lucille's book and used it to teach myself how to play. With a few tunes under my belt I started going to local dances that welcomed sitin musicians, and where I began to develop my dance repertoire. Eventually I was able to repay the kindness shown me by becoming the musical director of one of those dances, the CDSS monthly dance in Cambridge, MA.
In the mid 1990s I started, and then each month for 14 years organized and played at the nearby Northboro Contra Dance in Northboro, MA. Now run by the dancers I'm happy to say that the dance is still going strong, and I look forward to performing there several times a season.
Over the years I've been in several bands, and am currently a member of Wild Card (with Vince O'Donnell on fiddle, Robin Kynoch on whistles and button accordion, and Susan Creighton on piano). We regularly perform at Massachusetts, Connecticut and New Hampshire dances and are frequent performers at NEFFA (the New England Folk Festival).
Check out my Schedule page to see if I'll be performing near you, and stop by and say hello.
To inquire about booking me or Wild Card for your event please send me an email via the Contact link in the menu at the top of this page.