55 episodes

The Hearts of the Dulcimer Podcast explores the mountain dulcimer's past, present, and future. If you like mountain dulcimers, this is the podcast for you.

Hearts of the Dulcimer Patricia Delich & Wayne Jiang

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    • 4.9 • 54 Ratings

The Hearts of the Dulcimer Podcast explores the mountain dulcimer's past, present, and future. If you like mountain dulcimers, this is the podcast for you.

    A Winter Miracle

    A Winter Miracle

    055 Special announcement from Hearts of the Dulcimer Podcast.

    • 3 min
    Fiddle Tune Stories with The Bach and Beethoven Experience

    Fiddle Tune Stories with The Bach and Beethoven Experience

    054 In our final episode, we bring you the Chicago-based group The Bach and Beethoven Experience sharing stories behind some of the fiddle tunes they played on their album An Appalachian Summer. We spoke with fiddler Brandi Berry Benson and dulcimer player Keith Collins, who have their feet firmly grounded in the classical and traditional music worlds.

    • 30 min
    Fiddle Tune Stories with Pam Weeks

    Fiddle Tune Stories with Pam Weeks

    053 If you’re a mountain dulcimer player, chances are you know how to play more than a few fiddle tunes on your dulcimer. Each tune has its own origin story. These stories are often attached to specific places, events, or people. In this and the next episode, we’ll bring you the backstories of some of these fiddle tunes.

    • 15 min
    Grant Olson Dulcimer Explorer

    Grant Olson Dulcimer Explorer

    052 We spoke with the talented young dulcimer player Grant Olson from Minnesota. In 2019 at the age of 17, Grant won the coveted first place in the Mountain Dulcimer National Championship at the Walnut Valley Music Festival in Winfield, Kansas. In addition to playing the dulcimer, Grant also composes his own music.

    • 25 min
    The Sweet Harmonies of Aubrey Atwater and Elwood Donnelly

    The Sweet Harmonies of Aubrey Atwater and Elwood Donnelly

    051 In this episode we feature the stories and music of Aubrey Atwater and Elwood Donnelly, a husband and wife musical duo based in Warren, Rhode Island. They’re well known for their blend of gorgeous vocals as well as being multi-instrumentalists. The amazing array of instruments they play include old-time banjo, tin whistle, guitar, mandolin, harmonica, limberjacks, feet, and of course, mountain dulcimer.

    • 52 min
    Jim and Betty Woods: The Longtime Owners of McSpadden Dulcimers

    Jim and Betty Woods: The Longtime Owners of McSpadden Dulcimers

    050 In this episode we feature our conversation with Jim and Betty Woods, longtime owners of the renowned McSpadden Dulcimers. Over the last two decades, Jim and Betty were able to maintain and raise the reputation of McSpadden Dulcimers. In 2020, Jim and Betty transferred ownership of McSpadden Dulcimers.

    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
54 Ratings

54 Ratings

LoveDulcimer ,

A Conversation With Judy Collins

I love hearing the great fondness Judy Collins has for Richard Farina and his amazing, mythical contribution to the lyrical sound of the mountain dulcimer. Patricia’s wonderful in-depth interview reveals an extraordinary break for the mountain dulcimer in its musical debut on Judy’s fifth album when she collaborated with Richard on “Pack Up Your Sorrows”. I am grateful to the Hearts of the Dulcimer and their dedication to documenting the history of the mountain dulcimer via their podcasts. Thank you for keeping the dulcimer’s spirit alive with the beautiful affection that you do.

bradwise ,

I wrote a review in the past, but wow!

Here is an updated review: Wayne & Patricia just keep following their muse and the music and sharing it widely and with heart. This is one of the treasures in my inbox: a new Hearts of the Dulcimer episode!

broadsidetom ,

excellent

Essential listening if you love the mountain dulcimer. The interviews are well done, production quality is great, and the music samples are well chosen and long enough to be satisfying.

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