Laura Devine Burnett

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Laura Devine Burnett has been playing Mountain Dulcimer for over 40 years, with her first teacher being Joellen Lapidus. She was so inspired then, and continues to inspire her students to this day. Laura is featured in the documentary Hearts of the Dulcimer which premiered at film festivals in 2013. Her former group, Dulcimer Girls, has performed at the American River Music Festival, Don Quixote’s Music Hall, and Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History. Their YouTube video Old Ways has over 30 thousand views.

Rob Brereton

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Rob Brereton is considered one of the pioneers in contemporary mountain dulcimer playing. His years of studying classical guitar have polished his playing style while his degree in music theory and composition has given him a fresh approach to arranging.

Rob was one of the first dulcimer players to arrange extensively in chromatic and other alternate tunings. Although he specializes in the standards and early jazz tunes of Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, and the like, Rob is equally adept at playing the more traditional celtic, Appalachian styles and other dulcimer repertoire.

The late dulcimer master, David Schnaufer called Rob’s playing “masterful…strong and innovative.” Rob’s music is featured on his recording, Someone to Watch Over Me.

Rob has taught all levels of dulcimer at most major music festivals and folk schools across the country and internationally. He has won several awards for his playing including a coveted Winfield National flatpicking award. He has been playing dulcimer for over 30 years and has been an internationally recognized performer and instructor since his first CD was released in 1992.

In addition, Rob teaches K-6 music in several schools and has many private students. He also composes and he directs several choirs near his home in CT.

Patti Amelotte

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Patti Amelotte became interested in the Hammered Dulcimer and Traditional Irish music after attaining a Bachelors degree in piano performance from Chapman University. She won the California State Hammered Dulcimer Championship (last century!) and has performed throughout the West Coast, in Hawaii and in the UK as a soloist, an accompanist and with her duo Better than One, her Irish trio Looney’s Fortune, and Flutter-by Music with Brenda Hunter. Together they perform wonderful arrangements of music on 2 hammered dulcimers, harp, fiddle and accordion.

Patti has performed on television/movie soundtracks and with the San Diego Symphony in the “Lord of the Rings Suite”. She teaches private and group lessons, she hosts concerts and classes in her studio and on Zoom.

Patti also does minor repairs on and restringing of hammered dulcimers and sells Dusty Strings hammered dulcimers through her business – Patti Amelotte Music: Instruments and Services

Thomasina Levy

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Connecticut State Troubadour (2005/2006), Thomasina Levy, is an award winning, internationally recognized mountain dulcimer player, singer, poet and song writer whose performances weave together the best of traditional and contemporary folk music. Her four years of studies and graduation as a Facilitator of Music Improvisation with cello master, David Darling and Music for People reaffirm her belief that music is in each one of us and is just waiting for the right time to emerge. With a Master of Science degree in Education, she uses music and art to help students of all ages discover their own creative spirits throughout the United States. Since January 1999, she has worked as a Master Teaching Artist in schools throughout Connecticut helping fellow artists, educators, schools and museums incorporate the arts into their programs.

Thomasina has discovered the mystery and joy of writing poetry with her mentor and Divine Poetess, Edwina Trentham. Her poem, Evensong, was published on the Connecticut Poetry Society’s website. Her found poem, Gasconading Bluster, will be included in an anthology curated by Dr. Jonah Zdanys in 2018.

Her music has been aired in over twenty countries across the globe. Described as a charismatic performer, she touches audiences with a simplicity, humanity, and strength drawn from the deep roots of the folk tradition. Thomasina has recordings and instructional books for both children and adults. Her CD, Chasing Cloud Shadows has been aired in over twenty countries across the globe. It has been described as “pure sunlight, a dazzling marriage of new and traditional folk music, jazz, country and bluegrass that makes for an hour of joyous listening.” A song she co-wrote with Joan Spear titled Out of Many We Are One, received the 2011 NAMA Award for Best Song/Single of the Year. Her latest recording project titled Parallel Universe, was co-produced with cello master, David Darling. It is released on the esteemed label- Hearts of Space Records and available everywhere on August 17, 2108. Parallel Universe is a testament to the joy that results from the collaborative process when artists are allowed to create and express themselves through the enigmatic power of music. In December 2018, Parallel Universe was awarded three silver medals from Global Music Awards. In 2019,one of its tracks titled, Walk in Beauty, won the NAMA Award for Song of the Year.

Chalked Up Review for Parallel Universe says, “Parallel Universe is truly a testament to the joy that results from the collaborative process of music when they are free to express themselves in a positive setting and with the intent to not only entertain but communicate at a deeper level the beauty of life through the many wonders and subtleties of music.”

Jody Marshall and Jim Queen


Jody Marshall was a founding member of the popular folk trios, Ironweed and MoonFire. Enchanted by the sound and visual appeal of the hammered dulcimer, she developed a passion for the instrument and was soon playing everything from traditional jigs and reels to Mozart, the Beatles, and beyond. Her performance credits include Wolf Trap, the Kennedy Center, and the White House.

Jim Queen is a 30-year veteran performer with the Air Force Band. He has performed worldwide and in almost every state, and has played for presidents, heads of state, and luminaries in every field. He has played just about every fiddle style in the book, but has a particular love for Celtic and old-time fiddle tunes. Together, Jody and Jim serve up plenty of toe-tapping fun with both traditional and contemporary music on hammered dulcimer, fiddle, piano, guitar, vocals, and whatever else they feel like tossing into the mix!

Meren King

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Meren King is a singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist out of Ocala, Florida. Her originals and covers share what is most dear to her heart – her family, her faith and her passions. From folk to blues to rock and roll, the songs she sings and the stories she tells will take you on a journey of the mind and heart.