Performers / Instructors 2009

Aubrey Atwater and Elwood Donnelly, Rhode Island

The highly acclaimed husband-wife duo, Aubrey Atwater and Elwood Donnelly, present delightful programs of traditional American and Celtic folk songs, a capella pieces, old-time gospel songs, dance tunes, and original works. Elwood and Aubrey blend gorgeous and unusual harmonies and play guitar, Appalachian mountain dulcimer, mandolin, tin whistle, harmonica, banjo, bones, spoons, limberjacks, and other surprises including Appalachian clog dancing, French Canadian footwork, and Tap.

Their performance is appealing to all ages, and with humor, audience participation, and a relaxed stage presence, Aubrey and Elwood explain song origins to create a deeper understanding of the music and its cultural history. And, because they have such an extensive repertoire, special programs and workshops can be tailored for festivals, schools, colleges, libraries, women's history, and holidays.

Dick Kimmel, Twin Cities

Dick Kimmel has been performing traditional music since the 1950's. He is a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist, playing mandolin, guitar, and clawhammer banjo. Dick has made more than 2-dozen recordings and performed throughout North America and Europe. Bluegrass Unlimited (August 2005) notes, "Dick Kimmel is a well-known and long-respected multi-instrumentalist and bandleader on both the bluegrass and old-time music scene." While living in West Virginia during the 1960's and 1970's, Dick performed with many great bluegrass and old-time musicians including Del McCoury, Dwight Diller, Hazel Dickens, and Andy Boarman. Many bands and musicians Dick recorded with during this period are included on his 1996 Copper Creek release, "Dick Kimmel - 25 Year Collection" (Copper Creek Records CD-0143).

Following a 1993 solo concert by Dick Kimmel at Scotland's Guildtown Bluegrass Festival, Scottish bluegrass promoter, John Sheldon, wrote, "Your performance was the highlight of the main concert and the audience was totally captivated and enthralled by your great selection of songs and instrumentals. Your programme gave us a wonderful combination of soulful singing combined with multi-instrumental talent with a thoughtful blend of traditional and original bluegrass interspersed with marvelous old time material."

Steve Eulberg, Colorado

Award-winning multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter, Steve Eulberg, weaves mountain and hammered dulcimers with guitar, percussion, keyboard and a variety of unusual instruments to create thought-provoking, smile-inducing, toe-tapping acoustic experiences. He has sung and composed for religious communities, union halls, picket lines, inter-faith retreats, mountain-top youth camps, as well as the more familiar venues: clubs, coffeehouses, bookstores, festivals and showcase concerts. He has composed commissions for choral work and symphonic works featuring dulcimers and Australian didjeridu; and composed and recorded the original soundtrack for a DVD by Positive Communication entitled "Serenade to the Canada Goose." Of Anglo-Celtic and German Heritage, he is a member of Local 1000 AFM who passionately believes that music builds community across cultural barriers. His innercity work with African-American, Latino and working-class folks has been an important crucible for his artistry.

He has been influenced by the fiddlers of his youth, the Americana of Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger, the contemporary artistry of John McCutcheon, Kim McKee, Tom Paxton, Karen Mueller, Bryan Bowers, Susan Trump and Heidi Muller, the blues power of B.B. King, Lightning Hopkins and Robert Johnson.

Eulberg has won five prizes in the National Mountain Dulcimer Championship and three times been a finalist in the National Hammered Dulcimer Championship in Winfield, Kansas.