Teachers

Check out our wonderful teachers for 2018:

Aubrey Atwater and Elwood Donnelly
The highly acclaimed husband-wife duo, Aubrey Atwater and Elwood Donnelly, present delightful programs of traditional American and Celtic folk songs, a capella pieces, old-time gospel songs, dance tunes, and original works. Elwood and Aubrey blend gorgeous and unusual harmonies and play guitar, Appalachian mountain dulcimer, mandolin, tin whistle, harmonica, banjo, bones, spoons, limberjacks, and other surprises including Appalachian clog dancing, French Canadian footwork, and Tap.

Their performance is appealing to all ages, and with humor, audience participation, and a relaxed stage presence, Aubrey and Elwood explain song origins to create a deeper understanding of the music and its cultural history. And, because they have such an extensive repertoire, special programs and workshops can be tailored for festivals, schools, colleges, libraries, women’s history, and holidays.

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Jennifer Mylod
Jennifer has played music her whole life, and is a classically trained cellist. She’s taught fiddle however, for the past 14 years. She teaches the old way, as it’s been done for 100’s of years in Ireland, by ear! She shares techniques to compliment the tunes, and makes playing fun as she moves students towards playing real tunes She points out ways to improve tone, bowing and techniques, while giving students tools to advance their own skill level.

Philip MylodPhilip is an accomplished Uilleann piper and it is with his passion of traditional Irish music, thatt he wil be teaching the Irish whistle and the Bodhran

Philip teaches by ear, sharing the melody of a tune in a small, simple part until it is grasped by the students, then he will add the next part. He combines the parts until the entire tune is built.

In his Bodhran class, Philip will demonstrate patterns for different tempos. These will be demonstrated and shown so the students can learn to replicate the patterns. He also will show where the emphasis notes for the beat could be to make the drumming pattern more interesting. Philip will display various methods that can be used to get more tone and depth from the Bodhran.

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Norm Williams
Norm Williams began teaching Mountain Dulcimer in 2002 and has been faculty/performer at many festival and events since, Including the MDMF, Cranberry Dulcimer and Autoharp Gathering, French Creek Music Retreat and the Augusta Heritage Festival. Norm is a co-founder of The Pocono Dulcimer Club and a coordinator of their Winter Dulcimer Fest held in April. He is also co-chair of the Maidencreek Old Time Music Festival held in July in Blandon, PA and a great promoter of the mountain dulcimer. Norm is currently semi-retired and resides with his wife, Erin, in Breinigsville, PA

Cliff Cole
Cliff has been playing hammered dulcimer since 1985. His background is in percussion, and he has studied various types of music including rock, blues, jazz and folk. His folk group, DayBreak has been performing together for almost thirty years and has produced six CDs. He also is a member of the Dulcimer Boys and Tachyonmetry. Cliff is a founding member of the Quakertown Area Dulcimer and Autoharp Society (QUADAS), serves on the board of Perkasie Patchwork Coffeehouse, and is a member of the Nutmeg Dulcimer Festival Board.

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Bonnie Leigh, CMP
Bonnie, a Certified Music Practitioner, performer and dulcimer teacher. She actively performs and teaches her gentle style of playing with the dulcimer across the northeast. Bonnie has taught at eleven dulcimer festivals in the east and has been giving lessons, playing at libraries, club meetings, coffeehouses, historical villages and events, and social Teas. Her easy manner makes learning to play fun and relaxed. As a Music Practitioner Bonnie plays the dulcimer and small harp at the bedside of hospice patients. Bonnie’s original songs of life and family can be found on her 3 recordings and 3 songbooks to accompany the recordings, all in dulcimer tab. Bonnie has also written 3 poem books and a booklet  ‘From My Heart to Yours – Thoughts and experiences of a Music Practitioner Intern‘. For more information visit her website www.bonnieleigh.com

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Steven Carty
Steven was exposed to basketry at an early age with the influence of his mother, Mary Carty. Though he often tends to drift away from traditional styles and patterns, he does use many traditional and local materials which he gathers from the wild. Much of his weaving inspiration comes from the very land he gathers some of these materials; the creeks, forests, and shores of South Jersey. Steven can be found weaving at various local festivals or teaching children basket weaving classes. Though he handles most of Pinelands Folk Music Centers off-site basketry business, many of Steven’s baskets can be found for sale there. He can also be found teaching classes there.

Rich Carty
Rich Carty has been playing the Mountain Dulcimer since 1979. He is one of the founding member of the Greater Pinelands Dulcimer Society and currently serves as its president and musical director of the Mountain Dulcimer Only Group. He has been teaching Mountain Dulcimer since 1985 and teaches at Dulcimer festivals through out the northeast. Rich and his wife Mary are Co-owners of Pinelands Folk Music Center.

Mary Carty
Mary is a lifelong resident of Burlington County, New Jersey, and brings her Native American heritage into play with her handmade baskets. Many of her traditional baskets are shapes and styles with which her Lenape ancestors would have been familiar.

She is a true artist and innovator who does not like to have her creativity stifled by following rigid set patterns. This is a concept Mary often stresses to her students,

“I don’t just teach people how to make baskets; I teach them how to be basket makers,” she often says.

On the other hand Mary has a healthy respect for tradition. This is why she has researched and makes traditional baskets which her Lenape ancestors would have made. It is this blending of tradition and creativity that makes Mary Carty’s baskets both unique and highly collectible. A talented basket weaver, Mary has won many awards for her original basket designs through the years, and has admirers throughout the world.

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Stan Zukowski
Stan has been playing banjo with enthusiasm for some years now. It’s a short time compared to his lifelong interest in theatre and arts. He previously taught banjo from scratch at Maidencreek.

Because he’s acquired a remarkable proficiency in a short time, he is an accomplished player. He has a vivid recall of things that intimidated him as a beginner and can offer particularly relevant insight and encouragement as they begin their banjo journey.

Wayne Anderson
Wayne Anderson of Kingston, Ontario, Canada, has loved the dulcimer since his first experience in 2010. Since that time, Wayne has attended many of the Dulcimer Festival events held in Pennsylvania, New York, Connecticut, and Vermont. Often taking part in the Open Mics and playing at various venues in his home area. He has also organized and held some afternoon workshops and jam sessions in the Kingston, Ontario area. Wayne has a wide interest in music but the Celtic Genre is close to his heart.

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