Bob and I took the month of August to record a brand new CD. After being asked many times, “which CD has the most dulcimer?” we made one that has dulcimer on every track. We used five different Appalachian dulcimers – two made by the late WV luthier Pete Belcher, one by the late Ray Epler also of WV, a Sunhearth 4-equidistant string dulcimer, a baritone dulcimer made by Rick Probst, and a wormy chestnut “moon & star” dulcimer by an unknown builder (initials MRB – know who this is?). The nine instrumentals and five songs with vocals are backed by mandolin, guitar, cello and bowed psaltery, plus our friends Rich Shirley and Caleb Samples added upright bass and electric bass. Titles include my originals, “Dulcimer Moon,” “Blue Mountain Lake Waltz,” and a re-recording of “Cassiopeia”; “Calling Ellia” written by Bob; the old standard “Over the Rainbow”; old-timey medleys, and a cover of the Malvina Reynolds song, “Turn Around.” I also sang one of my favorite old folk hymns, “How Can I Keep from Singing” and Bob and I sang one of his favorites, the Zulu children’s song, “Guabi Guabi.” And there’s more!
Please look for us to play in concert near you this fall – we have a number of Northwest concerts planned from October to December. Check our tour schedule for details!