The Kitchen Musician has not personally visited all of the stores, sources and people in this list, and, while we try to keep the list and the links up to date, we can't guarantee it. Also, we have not tried all the products from all the places listed; you will have to do that yourself.
820 Dennis Ave.
Silver Spring, MD 20901 - Dulcimer Book "Hills of Erin", and influential hammered dulcimer recordings on Maggies Music label (see under "M")
Native Ground Music
109 Bell Road, Asheville, NC 28805-1521
(828) 299-7031, Orders (800) 752-2656, Fax (828) 298-5607- Wayne Erbsen's Native Ground Music His a resource for historic American music & folklore, particularly, historic banjo lore, Civil War, Old West and Appalachian. (Wayne is the author of "A Manual on How to Play the 5-String Banjo For the Compete Ignoramus!", if that gives you an idea of his sense of humor.)
PO Box 1473
Shepherdstown, WV 25443
304-263-2531 - Maker of well known hammered dulcimers and collaborator with Sam Rizzetta. Nick Blanton also authored a two-part series on history of the hammered dulcimer for Dulcimer Players News.
P.O. Box 35495.
Charlotte NC 28203
800-822-2420 - Very large stock of (you guessed it) Celtic cassettes and CDs, also carries instruments, books and accessories.
Craggy Mountain Music
Lake Junaluska, NC 28745 - Craggy Mountain offers an inexpensive 9/8 backpacker dulcimer that is only 19" x 10" and weighs less than most laptop computers (4 pounds). It costs less than a laptop computer, too.
137 Windy Gap Road
Blowing Rock NC 28605 - Mini-HD, a briefcase sized 9/8 dulcimer
Dulcimer Players News
P.O. Box 2164
Winchester VA 22604
703/678-1305 Fax 703/955-3856 - premiere magazine for dulcimer players, hammered or lap. Published by Maddy MacNeil email@example.com The same address works for Maddie's "Roots & Branches Music", Maddy MacNeil CDs and tapes, and her new Hammered Dulcimer Self Instruction book and Video.
Fellenbaum Stringed Instruments at Acoustic Corner
105-F Montreat Road
Black Mountain, NC 28711
828-669-5162 - Sort of around the corner from Jerry Read Smith in Black Mountain. Tom Fellenbaum specializes in mountain dulcimers and also builds guitars, bouzoukis and mandolins.
Fifth String Music
941 C N. Pleasantburg Dr
Greenville SC 29607
103 Wall Street SE
Roanoke, VA 24011
(540)982-6686 - Fax (540)344-3604 - Music store which primarily carries fretted instruments (guitars, mandolins, banjos, etc.) but also carried James Jones dulcimers (when they can get them). Wes Chappell of Indie Award winning dulcimer band No Strings Attached works there. Tell them Wes sent you. Tell Wes I sent you.
Dean Shostak Music
P.O. Box 465
Williamsburg, VA 23187 - Not a dulcimer store (which wouldn't fit in a post office box anyway), but a site for an even more rare instrument - the glass armonica, one of Benjamin Franklin's inventions. Home Page of musician Dean Shostak. Here you will find information about the glass armonica, concert dates, and recordings. Also RealAudio sample off Dean's new CD "Celtic Crystal"
PO Box 87462
Gaithersburg MD 20886
E-Mail: Griffin@dulcimer.com - Roger Chen has announced that he is going out of the business of making dulcimers. The site is still active, and tools, wood, etc. for sale.
Hildebrand, David and Ginger
P.O. Box 190
Annapolis MD 21012 - Performances, lectures and recordings of Colonial and Federal period music featuring hammered dulcimer, harpsichord, guitar, English guitar, mandolin, violin, flutes, pianoforte, organ, and voices, including one album digitally digitally recorded in the best-sounding rooms of six colonial sites in Annapolis.
Homewood Musical Instrument Co.
3027 Central Avenue
Homewood, Alabama 35209
205/879-4868 - Bob Tedrow's shop carries many different kinds of acoustic instruments, including Dusty Strings and Masterworks hammered dulcimers. The web site has a really nice description of the dulcimers, plus a festival guide and lots of other stuff.
An online magazine covering folk music in the southern US (also the borders and hinterlands). Calendars of events in the South and the hinterlands, from concerts, to regular jams, to Southern Christian Harmony sings - with links to other calendars. The September issue has an interview with John McCutcheon.
House of Musical Traditions
7040 Carroll Ave.
Tacoma Park, MD 20912
301 270 0222 Well stocked store for the dulcimist and folk music enthusiast.
Ask about Karen Ashbrook's dulcimer book on Playing the Hammered Dulcimer in the Irish Tradition, and recordings.
James Jones - Musical Instruments
1384 Colton Mills Rd.
540 586-6319 - Master dulcimer maker James Jones also makes other instruments. Check his web site for more information.
Route 1, Box 26
Brasstown NC 28902
828/837 5833 Fax: 828/837 8755 Order only: 800/747 8755 - Widely known for historical musical instruments (viols, krumhorns, etc.), Susato early music, and Susato penny whistles, Kelischek also carries Dusty Strings hammered dulcimers, Folkcraft and McSpadden mountain dulcimers and Folkcraft and Dustry Strings harps.
3806 Fenchurch Rd.
Baltimore MD 21218
410-746-8387 410-243-7254 Hammered dulcimers: the full line of Dusty Strings, Masterworks and Rick Thum and many used instruments as well. Violins: Morganstrad violins and a variety of other student and higher level instruments. All accessories for HD (adjustable stands, music holders, electronic tuners, many different types of hammers, etc.) and violin (bows, shoulder rests, stands, etc.). Over 15 recordings, instructional CDs and books plus many other music books. Ken also teaches about 75 students in group and private lessons.
PO Box 490
Shady Side MD 20764
410/867-0642 (10-4-m-th) Fax 410/867-0265 - Dulcimer recordings by Maggie Sansone, Ceoltoiri, and Karen Ashbrook and other great CD's with Bonnie Rideout (fiddle), Sue Richards (harp) and Ensemble Galilei, plus performance info. Over 40 albums. Check out Maggie's Big Book of Celtic Tunes
404 North Donnelly Street
Mount Dora FL 32757
904/735-3667 Hammered and mountain dulcimers
P.O. Box 616
Meadows of Dan, VA 24120
540-952-1865 - (Used to be Orchard Springs Instruments in Fancy Gap. Dulcimer maker Jeff Sebens hasn't been in Fancy Gap for a long time, but I like the name "Fancy Gap".) - both hammered and mountain books and accessories, and other stuff, including some music software. Store is in the Blue Ridge Mountains, at the intersection of Hwy 58 and the Blue Ridge Parkway (milepost 177) in southwest Virginia (USA). About 20 miles from the Fancy Gap Exit (Exit 8) on I -77. Follow the signs to the Blue Ridge Parkway and travel north on the Parkway to Meadows of Dan.
No Strings Attached
Roanoke VA area - Indie Award winning band with hammered dulcimists Randy Marchany and Wes Chappell. Recordings by No Strings Attached.
Orchard Spring Instruments
MOVED / NEW NAME - MeadowMusic - in Meadows of Dan, VA
Dulcimers- both hammered and mountain, books and accessories, and other stuff. Jeff Sebens makes dulcimers. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Rainbow Farms Dulcimer Works
360 Breechblock Drive
770/587-2523 - Mail order dulcimers, books, recordings and more. The Rainbow Farms Renegades meet and jam. For information, check the site or e-mail RAINBOWFM@aol.com
Re-Creations Musicke Shoppe & Studio
140 West Louisiana
Vivian, La. 71082
318/375-4793 - Early and folk music instruments, music, recordings and accessories. Ren faires, etc.
Roots & Branches Music
Maddy MacNeil's recording and publishing company. Recordings by Maddy.
127 Winter East
Williamsburg, VA 23188-1655
757/565-1461 Recordings by free lance dulcimist and flute player Tim Seaman. Here on This Ridge (about Shenandoah National Park); Wayfaring Stranger ; Incarnation (Christmas); Scratch the Sky;Celebration of Centuries (for Williamsburg's 300th anniversary), Snow-Covered Ice (Scottish Christmas
with John Turner and Ardie Boggs), and Quiet in the Meadow (gentle waltzes, shepherd airs and lullabies)
David Sheppard Instruments
1820 Spring Garden St
Greensboro NC 27403
Jerry Reed Smith
Song of the Wood
203 W. State St
Black Mountain NC 28711
(704) 669-7675- Big selection of dulcimers, and a nice place to visit...in fact, Black Mountain is a nice place to visit. If you don't have his "Strayaway Child" album, call and order it, and ask about his others. Website under development.
Spears Instrument Company
8675 Highway 601
Salisbury, NC 28147
704-637-1334 tele & fax - email email@example.com Hammered Dulcimer maker Lee Spears has been making instruments for 20+ years. Even if you are not in the market for an instrument, he makes great hammers, and you should really try a set of Lee Spears hammers.
760 Ragin Lane
Rock Hill SC 29732
803/366-9739 fax 803/329 7810
Linda Lowe Thompson Dulcimer Books
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