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.”

Gaffer Venar

For over 30 years, Gaffer has been owned by his 26-string Dusty Strings folk harp. Together, they combine skillful instrumentals with a powerful baritone voice to provide an eclectic experience. Gaffer’s repertoire includes music from a variety of styles and ethnicities, from folk to contemporary, Celtic to Mongolian. Background history and stories complement his selections, and create an immensely enjoyable and educational experience.


Dave Haas

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Dave Haas lives in Charleston, WV and has been playing the mountain dulcimer since 1990. He teaches dulcimer in both private and group settings, and was the founding member of the Almost Heaven Dulcimer Club in Charleston. Dave loves to share the mountain dulcimer and its history with schools, churches, civic organizations, and has even brought the dulcimer to those in prison! Dave is a popular instructor at dulcimer festivals, and has taught and performed in over one-half of the United States, and also in the United Kingdom. He is known for his gentle, fun, and enthusiastic teaching style. Dave has released seven dulcimer instructional books/CDs, four instrumental dulcimer CDs, and a popular dulcimer chord chart.

Dusty Thorburn

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Dusty grew up strumming guitar and singing “Kum Ba Ya” and “Blowin’ in the Wind” before it was a cliché. A professional historian, long-time guitarist, and occasional mandolin player, Dusty discovered the dulcimer several years ago and has been doing his best to make up for lost time. He founded River City Dulcimers, a group of musical friends that meets monthly in Sacramento and is also a Moderator at the popular website Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer. More…

Steve Eulberg

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Steve Eulberg is a traveling, performing, teaching musician, based in San Mateo, California. Growing up in Pemberville, Ohio, he knew he would never get away from music, and since then he’s produced over 15 recordings, with his primary instruments being the mountain and hammered dulcimers and the guitar. Steve uses the vibrations of wood and string, playing and singing traditional songs and fiddle tunes; weaving together Celtic, Old-time, blues and jazz.

From his artistic statement: “I stand within the tradition of handmade, acoustic, home-grown music, giving life to old songs and tunes and songs by passing them on while creating new ones to add to the mix.”

As of 2020, he is celebrating 40 Dulcimer-Filled Years, and this award-winning instrumentalist and songwriter’s music has been characterized as “smile inducing, toe-tapping, thought-provoking folkgrass”. He weaves together age-old songs and tunes with new melodies and contemporary lyrics accompanied by dulcimers and more. His 2019 recording, Between the Tracks, had him returning to his guitar roots with a collection of original fingerstyle compositions.

“… a superb dulcimer player … and a first rate composer.”—Neal Walters, Dulcimer Players News