Four inspiring performers on mountain and hammered dulcimers (and other instruments!):
Anne Lough has served as artist-in-schools for the North Carolina, Kentucky and Virginia Arts Councils and is a regular instructor at the Folk School. She is in constant demand as an instructor and performer at hammered dulcimer and mountain dulcimer events nationwide
Dee Dee Tibbits has been playing, performing, and teaching the hammered dulcimer for over 30 years. She has 47 private students, performs at school assemblies and concerts, and has taught workshops in the U.S. and Canada.
Larry Conger has worked with the Tennessee Arts Education Program and the Kentucky Arts Council's Teacher Incentive Program, presenting dulcimer programs in public schools. In 1995, Larry won the Southern Regional Mountain Dulcimer Championship at the Ozark Folk Center in Mountain View, Arkansas. In 1996, he won the Southern Regional Dulcimer Ensemble Championship at the Folk Center. And in 1998, he won the prestigious National Mountain Dulcimer Championship at the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kansas.
Karen has been involved with dulcimer since the mid '70s, when she built her first one as a high school project. She had been a pioneer in the promotion of the dulcimer in the U.S., Japan, and more recently in its revival in Belgium. Karen is also a Certified Music Practitioner® (CMP), trained to play healing hammered dulcimer music at the bedside of those who are ill and/or dying.
Belgian-born Paul Oorts performs normally on harp guitar, 10-string cittern, mandolin, and musette accordion most often with his wife, hammered dulcimer player Karen Ashbrook.