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Rob Brereton

Rob Brereton   Connecticut dulcimer artist Rob Brereton is considered one of the pioneers of contemporary 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 the chromatic 1-3-5, 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 styles and dulcimer repertoire. In addition to teaching and playing dulcimer, Rob also directs choirs, teaches general music, and is an active composer/arranger. He has won many awards and honors for his musicianship.

Jeff Furman

Jessica Comeau

Sarah Kate Morgan

playing on multiple recordings, including music from Ireland, Scotland, the Appalachian Mountains, and American folk tunes. Jeff describes himself as a musician with a day job. He lives in Chapel Hill, NC.

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 Rob also directs choirs, teaches general music, and is an active composer/arranger. He has won many awards and honors for his musicianship.

 She is a founding member of the Pensacola Mountain Dulcimer Wildflowers Project, an outreach that seeks to promote, feature, and support the mountain dulcimer.

Jeff Furman is an award-winning mountain dulcimer player who is known for his smooth and expressive style. His gentle, humorous, and effective teaching style has made him a highly popular instructor at numerous mountain dulcimer workshops across the country. Although he is a multi-instrumentalist (mountain dulcimer, clawhammer banjo, guitar, bass, autoharp, voice) who plays many types of traditional music and has an extensive old-time repertoire, on the mountain dulcimer Jeff has a particular fondness for waltzes, lullabies, and Celtic airs…the softer and expressive side of the dulcimer! He has been performing for more than 30 years, and his quick ear, technical abilities, musical sensitivity, and expression have made Jeff a popular choice for .



Sarah Kate Morgan The music of Sarah Morgan embodies her respect and joy of folk music and her creative approach to arranging. Backing traditional Appalachian melodies and haunting old time tunes with fresh harmonies and a progressive drive, she lends a new feel to seemingly "old" tunes, while accompanying pure and heartfelt vocals with the unpretentious sound of the Appalachian dulcimer. Folk, Americana, and Old-Time roots are brought to the forefront at live shows, where only Sarah and her dulcimer can be found behind the microphone, creating a subtle yet powerful sound that brings the relevant music of the past to todays audience.

Sarah Morgan started her musical journey at 7 years old and has fallen in love with traditional and folk music through the years. A native of East Tennessee, Sarah has incorporated the rich musical heritage of the area into her music. At 18, Sarah placed 1st at the 2012 National Mountain Dulcimer Championships held in Winfield, KS. She went on to become a finalist in the 2013 International Acoustic Music Awards. She currently studying Traditional Music and Appalachian Studies at Morehead State Univ.
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Jessica Comeau  lives in Pensacola, Florida and has been playing the mountain dulcimer for about 15 years. She enjoys discovering, composing and arranging music, especially within the Celtic, British, medieval, and Appalachian folk traditions. Jessica holds a B.A. degree in English, and M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction. She shares her passion for music, literature, art and the humanities by teaching others how these disciplines mutually enrich each other. Jessica has produced a solo album, "Songs of the Earthly Pilgrimage: Medieval and World Folk Music on the Appalachian Mountain Dulcimer" and a book and DVD set with original arrangements of early music and traditional songs for the Mountain Dulcimer..