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Aubrey Atwater

Aubrey Atwater   From Warren, Rhode Island, award-winning musician, vocalist, writer, and dancer, Aubrey Atwater presents captivating programs of folk music, dance, and narration. Aubrey is in great demand for performances and classes and has performed throughout the United States as well as England, Ireland, and Canada. She sings and plays the mountain dulcimer, old-time banjo, guitar, mandolin, and Irish tin whistle, and thrills audiences with highly percussive traditional clogging.  In a scholarly, yet humorous way, Aubrey conveys the heritage behind traditional folk music and dance, showing a deep passion and understanding of folk history and its key players.

Jan Hammond

Heidi Muller

Lorinda Jones

She placed first at the Kentucky State Mountain Dulcimer Championship in 2005 and 2006. She took first place at the Mid-Eastern Regional Competition in Ohio an unprecedented four times. In 2008, Jan placed third at the National Mountain Dulcimer Championship in Winfield, KS. Most recently, Jan placed second at the 2016 Tennessee Valley Fiddlers Convention Dulcimer Contest held annually in Athens, Alabama. While recognized for her enthusiastic rhythm on traditional tunes, Jan especially enjoys fingerpicking and creating music that stirs the soul and touches the heart. Visit www.janhammond.net.

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 Aubrey is particularly well-known as a mountain dulcimer player and teacher throughout the US and beyond. She offers a wide variety of unique workshops, uses over twenty-five mountain dulcimer tunings, and plays in both deeply traditional as well as modern and innovative styles.

 She has published eight dulcimer book, and eight CDs. Since moving to Joseph, regon,  she has taught for western festivals and clubs, and organizes Dulcimer Week in the Wallowas every July.

Jan Hammond is an Alabama-based mountain dulcimer performer, instructor and singer/songwriter. She has a distinctive style of contemporary folk, focusing on simple melodies and thoughtful lyrics. Jan has released 5 CDs including Just Me & My Dulcimer, Man In The Moon, Deep Sky (a duet project with guitar master, Tom Conner), In My Next Life (all instrumental, all dulcimer, produced in conjunction with Jan’s MHTP, Certified Music Practitioner graduation) and Connected. She’s also published three books of dulcimer tab. Jan has received numerous awards at dulcimer competitions across the United States. In 2005, she was a top five finalist at the national competition in Winfield, KS.



Lorinda Jones Performing songs on the mountain dulcimer and Celtic harp, Lorinda Jones demonstrates how remaining true to her passion for KY roots music has led her to a fulfilling life and career as a music therapist, music educator, performer, and recording artist and publisher.

Lorinda first became interested in the mountain dulcimer as a music educator in the
public schools. Her first books were developed as instructional and song materials for her classroom.  As she began teaching adults, she continued to arrange music to meet the needs of her students, and formed the Heartland Dulcimer Club, now an active non-profit organization striving to preserve the traditional music of Kentucky and southern Appalachia.

  Lorinda continues to teach at festivals and camps across the United States is
a member of the Kentucky Arts Council, Performing Arts on Tour Directory,  and the newly formed Arts in Healing Program, a community outreach program of
the Kentucky Center for the Arts.


Heidi Muller  is an award-winning mountain dulcimer player, singer-songwriter, and guitarist. She discovered the dulcimer in 1984 and was first influenced by 4-equidistant-string fingerpicking. She then crossed paths with old-time music and started playing and teaching 3-string fiddle tunes. Living in Seattle, she gave workshops across the Pacific Northwest and down the West Coast for fifteen years before moving to West Virginia, where she taught dulcimer in schools and residency programs. Heidi soon became a popular instructor at festivals across the county.  Described by Dulcimer Players’ News as “one of the dulcimer community’s best songwriters and performers”, her original waltz “Leaving the Methow” is featured on the Masters of the Mountain Dulcimer, Volume Two recording.