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WINTER DULCIMER WEEKEND 
ARTIST BIOGRAPHIES 
January 6 - 8, 2017



Pam Bowman

PAM BOWMAN has played guitar from the time she was young. Her father was a guitarist who played and sang on a local, Michigan station in the 50's. Pam is a native of the Evart (Funfest) area, hailing from Marion, Michigan. It was in this dulcimer rich region that she first heard and saw a hammered dulcimer being played by a friend's father, while still a teen. It was nearly 10 years later when she noticed it's unique tones drifting through the air of a local, historic craft shop, that she inquired about the dulcimer in the recording, and thought to herself..."I'm old enough to buy one of those now!" Since that time she has been performing with the hammered dulcimer for 19 years as a duo with Jeff Gardner on guitar, and with a five piece group called Just Jammin' - performing gospel/country/bluegrass music. In 2005 Pam entered and won the Southern Regional Hammered Dulcimer Competition in Mt. View, Arkansas. Pam gives private lessons and group lessons on the hammered dulcimer, as well as teaching work-shops and performing at various festivals. Pam also performs her unique hammered dulcimer style and arrangements for many other venues. She has eight recordings available, as well as 2 instructional books on the hammered dulcimer and a series of instructional cd's focused on hymns.


Sharrie George

SHARRIE GEORGE plays guitar, ukulele, and mountain dulcimer with her husband, Guy. She has played since her early teens and studied music at the College of Charleston in South Carolina. In her hometown of Mentor, Ohio, she has been a music and youth director for a local church and is still involved with the music program there. She and Guy play music together for weddings, private parties and events, at churches and festivals around the US.


Guy George

GUY GEORGE is a rhythmic, melodic hammered dulcimer player with a definite jazz influence to his playing style. He tours throughout the United States and Canada performing and teach workshops on the hammered dulcimer, steel drums, and penny whistle. He also plays steel drum to a very high standard, often joining mountain dulcimer and other musicians, complementing their performances. Having studied at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Guy comes from a background in jazz and performance on the saxophone.


Dave Haas

DAVE HAAS lives in Charleston, WV and has been playing the mountain dulcimer since 1990. He teaches dulcimer in both private and group settings, and was the founding member of the “Almost Heaven Dulcimer Club” in Charleston. Dave loves to share the mountain dulcimer and its history with schools, churches, civic organizations, and has even brought the dulcimer to those in prison! Dave has taught and performed with the dulcimer in fourteen states and is a popular instructor at dulcimer festivals. He is known for his gentle and enthusiastic teaching style. Dave has released seven dulcimer instructional book/CDs, four instrumental dulcimer CDs, and a popular dulcimer chord chart. 

Dave also enjoys teaching science as a Chemistry Professor at the University of Charleston. One of his favorite teaching activities is to sing chemistry songs (on dulcimer and guitar) with his students. In addition, Dave plays the guitar, sings, and enjoys leading music on Christian retreat experiences such as Kairos Prison Ministry, The Walk To Emmaus, Cursillo, and Teens Encounter Christ (TEC).


Dan Landrum

DAN LANDRUM's hammered dulcimer playing has taken him from street performing in Chattanooga, TN to Olympic Ceremonies, Presidential Inaugurations, multiple festivals around the country and major stages in hundreds of cities from the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles to New York's famed Madison Square Gardens. Since 2003, he's been a soloist in the Yanni Live tour, which was recently televised as a PBS special. In 2006, Dan and his wife, Angie, took over publication of the internationally distributed Dulcimer Players News magazine, in print since 1974.


Molly McCormack

MOLLY McCORMACK of Louisville, Kentucky has enjoyed playing, performing and teaching on both the mountain and hammer dulcimers since 1992. Molly's musical interests are varied, often performing traditional, contemporary and original tunes.  Her arrangements include clear, sweet vocals, sultry blues, lively fiddle tunes and beautiful Celtic airs.

A natural teacher with a gentle teaching style, Molly has had the pleasure of teaching at many weekend dulcimer festivals and week long dulcimer events. She is a regular teacher at Kentucky Music Week in Bardstown, KY. She has had the honor of teaching at the Augusta Heritage Center Dulcimer Week in Elkins, WV and Appalachian State University Dulcimer Week in Boone, NC.


Sarah Morgan

The music of SARAH MORGAN embodies her respect and joy of folk music and her creative approach to arranging. Backing traditional Appalachian melodies and haunting old time tunes with fresh harmonies and a progressive drive, she lends a new feel to seemingly "old" tunes, while accompanying pure and heartfelt vocals with the unpretentious sound of the Appalachian dulcimer. Folk, Americana, and Old-Time roots are brought to the forefront at live shows, where only Sarah and her dulcimer can be found behind the microphone, creating a subtle yet powerful sound that brings the relevant music of the past to today’s audience.


Aaron O'Rourke

AARON O'ROURKE’s exploration of the mountain dulcimer began in high school at a time when his only musical experience consisted of playing bass in a punk rock band. In the fall of 2002 Aaron began his first dulcimer lessons and in 2004, Aaron attended Western Carolina University’s Dulcimer Week on a youth scholarship. The next year, Aaron was invited back as an instructor.

In a short period of time, Aaron became one of the headlining names at many dulcimer festivals across the country including, Dulcimer Week at the Augusta Heritage Center (David & Elkins College) in Elkins, WV, Kentucky Music Week in Bardstown, KY, Redwood Dulcimer Day in Santa Cruz, CA, Nutmeg Dulcimer Festival in Middletown, CT, Suwannee Dulcimer Retreat in White Springs, FL and many more. To date, Aaron has authored seven instructional books for mountain dulcimer.

In 2010, Aaron won the National Mountain Dulcimer Competition held at the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, KS. Aaron is also a past winner in the Florida Old-time music competition held in Dade City, FL and the Southeastern Regional Dulcimer Contest in Mountain View, AR.


Gary Sager

GARY SAGER began building dulcimers in 1991, and has been building, playing and teaching since then. Gary's dulcimers carry the Prussia Valley Dulcimers label. Gary has taught and performed at various festivals in the Midwest. Gary with wife, Toni, own the Prussia Valley Dulcimer Shop in Waverly, OH.


Stephen Seifert

STEPHEN SEIFERT has been playing the mountain dulcimer since 1991. He has toured with David Schnaufer, performed with orchestras around the country, and been a featured performer in Japan. Since 1996, he has taught and performed at festivals and dulcimer clubs in Los Angeles, Detroit, New York, Pensacola, Houston, and many places in-between. "I want to play all styles of music on the mountain dulcimer. I also want to help my fellow dulcimer players pursue their musical desires, whatever they might be, with the least amount of time-wasting detours." Most recently, he has been teaching hundreds of students around the world via http://dulcimerschool.com.


Danny Shepherd

DANNY SHEPHERD has been a performing musician for over 45 years. During his early years as a drummer he joined the band at school and played in local rock bands. While attending Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN he received his draft notice and enlisted in the US Army. During his 21 year career as a Military Musician he taught percussion at Armed Forces School of Music in Little Creek, VA, performed across the United States, Central/South America and the Caribbean. His final assignment was as the Enlisted Bandleader with the 79th Army Band, Ft Clayton, Panama.

He has presented dulcimer, ukulele, bodhran, and folk percussion workshops at the Kentucky Music Educators State Conference, Kentucky Music Week, Yellowbanks Dulcimer Festival, Gateway Dulcimer Festival, Ohio Valley Gathering, UNICOI Dulcimer Festival, Henderson Dulcimer Festival, and Red Hill Dulcimer Festival and Heartland Festival.

Danny has performed at the UNICOI Dulcimer Festival, Kentucky Music Week, Yellowbanks Dulcimer Festival, Gateway Dulcimer Festival, Ohio Valley Gathering, Henderson Dulcimer Festival, and Red Hill Dulcimer Festival, the Derby Day Arts Festival, and the Arts Council International Festival.


Rick Thum

RICK THUM taught himself to play guitar and drums at age twelve and played the trumpet in his high school band. Throughout high school and college (B. S. Industrial Administration) Rick played in rock bands, eventually playing regularly on the upper deck of the Admiral in St. Louis. While raising his family Rick directed his church choir. Rick's interest in traditional music was sparked when he bought a hammered dulcimer on a whim and found himself in a three-piece folk band. In 1991 Rick became co-owner of a large midwestern acoustic instrument shop. In 1994 he sold his interest in the shop to devote more time to being a traveling musician. He placed first at the 1994 Southwest Regional Dulcimer Contest and third in the 1995 National Championship at Winfield, Kansas. Rick was voted Best Performer and Favorite Teacher for several years running at the prestigious Evart Dulcimer Funfest.