August Dulcimer Daze Instructors

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Carolyn Brodginski, CMP - Carolyn discovered the dulcimer at the age of 19 when she heard Sally Rogers perform at a folk venue in Connecticut. An accomplished folk guitarist at the time, she just couldn't figure out what to do with this beautiful, sweet sounding instrument with so few strings. More than 30 years later, she found The CT. Mountain Dulcimer Gathering, and has been playing ever since. She loves the many voices of the dulcimer, playing roots, blues, classical, ethnic music, lullabies, as well as the music of contemporary musicians. As a performer, songwriter, teacher, member of the Northeast Dulcimer Orchestra, and Certified Music Practitioner, she is passionate about "spreading the dulcimer Gospel", taking great joy in introducing this beautiful original American folk instrument to others. .

Sam Edelston - Sam Edelston is on a quest to bring dulcimers into widespread public awareness, and in the process, he has gained a reputation as one of the most innovative players around. Along with a lot of folk tunes and even more rock & roll, he's played everything from African to opera, Sinatra to Sousa, and bossa nova to bluegrass. He has performed or taught at festivals as far away as Minnesota and Kentucky, and his music has been played online in over 190 countries. A Connecticut resident, Sam is also chair of the Nutmeg Dulcimer Festival, which is held in Milford, CT, every October. He's delighted to be part of Dulcimer Daze for the first time.

Bing Futch - You never know what's gonna happen next at a Bing Futch show. Using Appalachian mountain dulcimer, Native American flute, ukulele, drums and electronic effects, he deftly navigates the varied waters of traditional and modern Americana with passion, wit and a genuinely huge heart for sharing music with a crowd.

Known for his musical shape-shifting, Futch switches the channels on style with every new song, sung in a limber tenor voice and woven together with the other instruments. His casual way with any audience, coupled with a fierce originality on the lesser known mountain dulcimer, makes each show a one-of-a-kind and good-timing romp.

As a nationally touring solo performer he's headlined at such events as The Florida Folk Festival, Old Songs Festival, The Big Muddy, Kentucky Music Weekend and Common Ground On The Hill.

In 2014, Bing won the "Solo Artist" award in the Central Florida Blues Challenge competition, earning a coveted entry into the 2015 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN. Taking the mountain dulcimer where it had never gone before, Bing competed in the quarterfinals and advanced to the semifinals, gaining new notice and fans for himself and this unique instrument. Several months later, Bing competed in the 2015 Central Florida Blues Challenge and won the Solo/Duo Award for the second year in a row, which led him back to Memphis to compete in the 2016 International Blues Challenge. There, he advanced all the way to the finals and was given the award for "Best Guitarist" in the solo-duo category, despite competing solely on the mountain dulcimer.

Brian Geldziler - Brian Geldziler has been an avid dulcimer player since he first saw one at a local music shop in the mid 1990s. He plays primarily flatpicked chord-melody style, though he has been known to fingerpick and use a noter on occasion. Brian enjoys playing many types of music on mountain dulcimer, from early music and Renaissance tunes to more modern music, with a special fondness for Celtic tunes.

George Haggerty - George is an accomplished dulcimer builder, teacher, and player. His enthusiasm for this versatile instrument is apparent in his workshops which build a solid foundation for even the most inexperienced player. His love of old-time music and his creative nature bring out feeling and expression in his music whether it is in his workshops, recordings, or performances. George has taught students from first grade to senior citizens. He owns and operates a music shop, Folk Craft Music, in Jacksonville, Vt, where he sells hand-crafted dulcimers and other related musical items. His CD's, Just Friends...One More Time and The Best of Just Friends, a compilation of George's 2 cassettes Just Friends and Just Friends Again, are dulcimer instrumentals. He is director of his annual festival in Vermont, August Dulcimer Daze, now in it's twenty fifth year.

Lori Keddell - Lori has been playing the dulcimer since 1985, and has taught classes and workshops for both children and adults in building and playing cardboard dulcimers. She was instrumental in organizing the first Mountain Dulcimer Music Fest in Latham, NY in 1989, and has been the coordinator since 1991. She was on the staff of the Cranberry Dulcimer and Autoharp Gathering from 1987 to 2016, and has been an instructor at numerous festivals in New York, Vermont, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Connecticut. With George Haggerty, she taught a week-long Dulcimer Elderhostel class in Vermont for many years. She has published 3 books of arrangements for the mountain dulcimer, each with an accompanying CD: "A Mountain Dulcimer Potpourri - 33 Songs in DAA for Beginning and Novice Players", "A Treasury of Christmas Music For the Mountain Dulcimer", and "Dulcimaniac's Delight - A Multitude of Minor Melodies in DAC Tuning". She has also contributed many pieces of music to the monthly newsletter of the Dulcimer Association of Albany.

Sandy Lafleur - Sandy Lafleur, of Wilton, NH has been teaching at festivals and out of her home in southern NH for almost 20 years. Her tune arrangements are accessible and her approach to playing is lighthearted. When she is not teaching at festivals or out of her home she can be found playing, calling or dancing at local contra dances. Sandy likes to support live music and local agriculture by playing at Farmer's Markets wearing her shirt "Will Play Dulcimer for Food". She is the main instigator in the formation of the "National Hornpipe Preservation Society". She has a new CD out: "Amoskeag".

Bonnie Leigh, CMP - Bonnie, a Certified Music Practitioner and performer/teacher, actively performs and teaches her gentle style of playing with the dulcimer across the northeast coast. Bonnie has taught at eleven dulcimer festivals in the east and has been giving lessons, teaching at festivals and performing since 1991. You'll find her at historical villages, libraries, clubs, meetings or doing house concerts. 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 From My Heart to Yours - Thoughts and experiences of a Music Practitioner Intern a booklet.

Ellen Pratt - Ellen Pratt has been playing dulcimer since 1999. She began writing her own music in 2004 and has performed at numerous open mics and festivals. Ellen's style of playing is a mix of traditional and contemporary. She enjoys the hard fast strumming old time music and jam tunes with both the dulcimer and banjo but also enjoys the quieter, more contemporary chord style with fingerpicking on dulcimer. Ellen has taught at the DAA dulcimer festival in Albany, the Pocono Dulcimer Club Winter Dulcimer Fest, and teaches and co-coordinates Vermont's August Dulcimer Daze with George and Mary Haggerty.

Susan Trump - Susan Trump is a singer whose gentle voice and story songs you won't forget. Her award-winning artistry on the mountain dulcimer, guitar, and banjo accompany her Americana songs, taking us back to the front porch friendly existence of life in a gentler time. Her music brings back images of the things in our lives that really matter: songs of home, hills, farms, and small town America.

Susan has been a favorite instructor and performer on the dulcimer scene for the past thirty years. She is known for her clear teaching style and interesting, playable arrangements. She has authored four books. Her latest book/CD set is Music from the Muse, a collection of twenty-one original pieces for Intermediate players. She has written a book with CD of O'Carolan arrangements, A Classical Collection, and Novice Level Chords and Fingering Book/ CD. She also has currently available, Lessons in Your Living Room, a monthly subscription series mailed to your home, which includes the TAB and instructional CD for separate arrangements for novice and intermediate-and-up level players, backup chords, duet parts, intros and endings.

Susan is the producer of the classic Masters of the Mountain Dulcimer series, featuring instrumental selections from many of the finest players in the country. The third in the series is Masters Play Music for Christmas. She has four solo CDs to her credit. Her newest CD, Songs of Faith and Hope, a collection of inspirational, uplifting songs for everyone is being touted as her best ever! For more information visit

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