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Anne Lough

Anne Lough is an internationally known traditional musician, highly acclaimed for her skill as a performer and educator. Anne has a Music Education Degree from Murray State University, Murray, Ky and a Master of Music Education Degree from Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC. Dedicated to preserving traditional music, stories and folklore, she now devotes her time to festivals, workshops, performances and school residencies. Equally at home on guitar, autoharp, mountain and hammered dulcimer, Anne's mastery is impressive. Her artistic interpretation, sensitive playing style, versatility and skill as an instructor have earned her high acclaim.

In addition to being a regular instructor of mountain and hammered dulcimer at the prestigious John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC, Anne has taught at the Swannanoa Gathering, Western Carolina Dulcimer Week, Kentucky Music Week, Augusta Heritage Dulcimer Week and numerous other festivals and workshops throughout the country and in England and Belgium.

Anne has several recordings and more than ten books of dulcimer arrangements to her credit, including Old Time Hymns and Gospel Songs for Mountain Dulcimer, published by Mel Bay Publishing Company.

Margaret Wright

Margaret Wright and her family have been involved in Dulcimer and Old Time music since their first "accidental" trip to the McSpadden Shoppe in 1994. Soon they became members of the North Harris County Club in Houston, TX. They quickly began playing, performing, recording and teaching and in 2000, youngest son, Lloyd, became National Dulcimer Champion.
Margaret is the author of the popular "Twelve Tune Songbook" Series and has taught at many festivals, including Winter Festival of Acoustic Music (Irving, TX), Winter Creek Reunion (Bennington, OK), Lagniappe Fete (Port Allen. LA), and the Blue Ridge Old Time Music Week (Mars Hill, NC.)
She has hosted countless Workshops at her home in Kennard, TX. as well as given workshops for individual dulcimer clubs and groups all across the country. She and her late husband, Jerry, began the Palestine Old Time Music and Dulcimer Festival in 2002, which continues to be an extremely popular event in March of each year in Palestine, TX.

Paul Andry

Paul Andry is the founder and past President of the Bayou Dulcimer Club in Mandeville, Louisiana and founder of the Mountain High Dulcimer Club in the Highlands North Carolina. He has taught at festivals in Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee and Texas. He also teaches private lessons. For the past thirty years, Paul has conducted a special dulcimer week at Snowbird Mountain Lodge in Robbinsville, North Carolina and taught courses at the Dulcimer Jamboree at Western Carolina University, Lake Junaluska and at Dulcimerville in Black Mountain, North Carolina.
Paul has performed with the string band, Les Amis, in addition to his individual performances. He has performed on three recordings and published four books of his unique arrangements for beginner, intermediate and advanced players. From 1991 to 1994, Paul won or placed in the top five finalists in the Southeast Regional Dulcimer competitions in Mountain View, Arkansas in both the individual and ensemble categories. He won the Texas State Dulcimer Championship in 1994. In 1996 Paul and his wife, Dee, opened The Acoustic Gallery, a music and gift store in Highlands, North Carolina. Twelve years ago, they moved back to Highlands to fulfill their retirement plans. Paul is currently working on a fifth book of arrangements and accompanying compact disk.

Paul Andry is known for his lyrical touch with traditional and contemporary music – from Mardi Gras to Ragtime, Celtic to Classical in addition to Old Time Folk Music. An excellent arranger of songs for the dulcimer, Paul has published four books, teaches classes at dulcimer festivals and has competed successfully in many contests, including the Texas State Dulcimer Championship, which he won in 1994. As an organizer, Paul is the founder of the Bayou Dulcimer Club and was one of the inspiring forces in the club's joyous Mardi Gras Dulcimer Festival. Most recently, Paul has founded the Mountain High Dulcimer Club in Highlands, North Carolina, plays at local and national events and teaches private lessons.

Susan Trump

Susan Trump is a singer whose gentle voice and story songs you wonʼt forget. Spending summers with her grandparents in a small town in Ohio instilled in her a love and appreciation for the front porch friendly existence of life in a gentler time. Her interest in the “old songs” sent her to the Appalachians in the 1970ʼs where she met and collected songs and stories from the old timers. Her music, accompanied by the mountain dulcimer, banjo and guitar reflect this heritage.

For the past thirty years, Susan has shared her music at festivals throughout the U.S. She has written three books for the mountain dulcimer, “The Classical Collection,” and “Novice Level Chords and Left Hand Fingerings,” a

CD/instructional book, and her new “OʼCarolanʼ” book/CD set. She has released four best-selling solo CDʼs, and has produced two volumes of the widely acclaimed CD series, “Masters of the Mountain Dulcimer,” and the latest; “Masters of the Mountain Dulcimer Play Music for Christmas.”

She also produces the ever popular, “Lessons in Your Living Room,” a monthly subscription series of multi-level lessons including arrangements for novice and intermediate-advanced level players,back up chords, and duet parts with TAB and a detailed instructional CD. Visit Susan's website at www.susantrump.com.