Performers / Instructors 2016

Mike Anderson

This is Mike Anderson's second appearance at Dulcimer Day in Duluth. Mike is one of the most versatile folk performers and educators in the Midwest. Mike is also nationally renown, appearing at the Nat’l Mt. Music Festival, holding a prestigious position on the faculty of the Mt. Dulcimer Workshops at Appalachian State Univ., Boone, NC and West Carolina Univ., NC, Dulcimer Workshops, and presenting workshops and concerts across the US.

Anne Lough

Anne Lough is a nationally known traditional musician, highly acclaimed for her skill as a performer and educator. Equally at home on the autoharp, guitar, mountain and hammered dulcimers, Anne holds a Music Education Degree from Murray State University, Murray,KY and a Master of Music Education from Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC.Dedicated to preserving traditional music, stories and folklore, she has, for the past twenty –five years, devoted her full time to festivals, workshops,Road Scholar programs, performances and school residencies. Anne has been a regular instructor for the past twenty-five years at the prestigious John C.Campbell Folk School and has taught at the Augusta Heritage Dulcimer Week,Swannanoa Dulcimer Week, Western Carolina Dulcimer Week, Kentucky Music Week and numerous other festivals and workshops throughout the country. Anne has several recordings and over ten books of dulcimer arrangements to her credit, including Old Time Hymns and Gospel Songs for the Mountain Dulcimer published by Mel Bay Publishing Company.

Sam Edelston

Sam Edelston is actually on a mission with dulcimers: He believes that they’re among the world’s coolest musical instruments, they’re great for many kinds of popular music, and they deserve to be widely known by the general public. His mountain dulcimer repertoire ranges from Gilbert & Sullivan to Sousa, Andrews Sisters to African, bossa nova to bluegrass, and especially all over the rock & roll spectrum. With a knack for making all kinds of songs sound as though they were specifically written for the dulcimer, his music videos have attracted over 300,000 views and been seen in more than 190 countries, making Sam one of the most watched mountain dulcimer players on the Internet. He has performed or taught at a variety of festivals and other venues around the northeastern United States. In addition to mountain dulcimer, Sam plays guitar, banjo, and hammered dulcimer, and has written over 600 songs. Sam also is chair of the Nutmeg Dulcimer Festival, which is held in Milford, Connecticut, every fall. He’s excited to be performing at DDD, noting that the last time he played in the Upper Midwest, he was eleven years old, and his family was visiting some cousins in Wisconsin.