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Hi! I'm a contradance musician living and working in the great state of Maine since 1983. I've played the hammered dulcimer since 1977, and was inspired to take up the instrument, like so many others, by the playing of Bill Spence and Fennig's All Star String Band on their 1975 LP, "The Hammered Dulcimer". After building and playing several of my own instruments, I now play a James Jones chromatic HD and do a little HD instruction, too. I play with the longtime Maine contradance band, Scrod Pudding - now celebrating our 25th anniversary in the currrent form. In recent years I've enjoyed reuniting periodically with my first band, from all over the country, The Foot in the Door String Band. I also play solo or in small ensembles for weddings, parties, and other public and private events. My repertoire centers on the traditional and contemporary dance tunes of New England, Appalachia, Quebec, and Great Britain plus a few tunes I've composed.
In recent years I have taken up my clarinet again and enjoy playing with the Merrymeeting Community Band and the Harpswell Concert Band. I have also started playing with a clarinet chamber ensemble (The Clarinotes) that meets in the Brunswick area.
With Scrod Pudding: Schedule.................Bowdoinham Dance Series flyer (pdf) May 2015 Exploring the Hammered Dulcimer, Bates College Experimental College
My discography includes Food For Your Feet (1995) with Scrod Pudding, and a guest appearance on Pam Weeks' CD, Waiting for the Perseids (1998 - Outer Green Records). Both CDs can be purchased through the Scrod Pudding website and at all Scrod Pudding gigs.
I teach private hammered dulcimer lessons in my home, especially for beginners to intermediate level players. My lesson rate is $35/hour or $20/half hour. For time availability, contact me at email@example.com. Interested persons must have access to a playable HD and should have, or should acquire, an electronic tuner (Korg CA-31 is great for ~$15-25). If you don't own an instrument, I have hammered dulcimers available for rental ($20/month) or purchase - please contact me about current availability. Renting an instrument initially is often a good idea so you can find out if you are committed to learning to play before investing in an instrument. Ability to read standard western musical notation is very helpful, but not required, to get started. I prefer to schedule one hour long lessons to maximize the benefits for my students, and usually at 2-3 week intervals. My home is about midway between Portland and Augusta 5 minutes off I-295, and 30 minutes from the Lewiston-Auburn area, 35 minutes from Portland, and 30 minutes from Augusta.
Although I'd love to earn a living making music and gadding about the countryside on tour, it's not going to happen. So, until further notice (some future retirement party), I am employed by the Biology Department at Bates College as a lab instructor and overseer of the Electron Microscopy Laboratory. Things work related can be found on my Bates homepage.
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