I am a native of Pensacola, Florida, and I’ve been playing the mountain dulcimer since 2003. As a lover of music and literature, I am passionate about the ability of music to reflect timeless stories and illumine what is most beautiful in human experience. While I am especially attracted to music within Celtic, British, and medieval European traditions, I also enjoy discovering and arranging music from around the world as well as composing my own songs when inspired. I love to share music as both a performer and a teacher. Within the workshop setting, I seek to give my students group instruction, individual guidance, and space for personal experimentation with the goal of helping people to make the music their own.
Meeting you and your mother in Kentucky during the Kentucky Music Week was a great honor. I love your music and it speaks to a person's soul. You are a wonderful musician and a great teacher. I look forward to seeing your new music.
Having just begun to play the dulcimer I was delighted to discover your videos for beginners on You Tube and from there your website, from which I've downloaded "The Water is Wide". So this short message is simply to say 'Thank you' for your generosity in providing lessons and tabs to get me started.
Hi Jessica! Received your new cd and card! Thankyou. I can't choose a favourite track because each is a work of musial art!Cogratulations on a superb album!Regards Gary :-)
Hi Jessica. Please check your personal messages when you get a chance.
Thank you Jessica!Kind Regards Gary
Jessica! Thank you for the friend request , I somehow 'missed' it , and therefore I apologise for the late acceptance. JohnH
Hi Jessica Thanks for your reply. I've just acquired a soprano rebec, (with a wonderful "medieval sound") but haven't had any time yet to start to learn it. I haven't had much time with my dulcimer either! as I've been concentrating on adding the C recorders to my "learning curve". Our little recorder ensemble has been playing the two cantigas that we've found so far with a recorder ensemble arrangement, and some medieval and Sephardic pieces - all of which we love. What we want to do is start to include the m.dulcimer and rebec into our ensemble. None of us have much knowledge or experience in adapting or arranging scores to suit this combination. Do you play other instruments as well? Anyway, yes, let's keep in touch and we can share whatever we find. It's not an easy search, that's for sure! By the way, "Strumelia" on this site has also recently bought a rebec , and there's a thread about it under the "adventures with other instruments" in the forum section of FMD.
hi jessica - thanks i am still playing!marion
Hello Jessica, so glad that you found your way to us !
Hello Jessica I just found your you tubes of Hinah Ma Tov and the Cantiga. Beautifully done. Any time you can share any scores or tab sources, I'd love it - for any of the Cantigas, Israeli, or other medieval or Middle Eastern, Sephardic, etc music. Thanks so much for your lovely playing.
I just caught your video of when irish eyes are smiling on the tail end of Linda's B's video medley of danny boy and my wild irish rose. This in turn led me to your youtube channel which i have subscribed to so i don't miss any of your 'posts'. As a a fingerpicker I so admire the way you play your dulcimer - its exactly what i would like to achieve - will be watching out and learning. thanks for the lovely music - it would be great if you posted more here on FOTMD.
I just watched some of your videos and i have to compliment you on your arrangements. I think it's great to see someone else trying to play really old music on the dulcimer ;)
Keep on playing!
I just finished watching some of your YouTube videos of you playing 14th century music on your mountain dulcimer. I really enjoyed it. I'd love to see you add these videos to our video section here. They are really wonderful.
Glad you liked my Dulcimer Tale. It was the best $25 I may have ever spent...but how much it has cost me since! I love the instrument and playing it...I need to do some more of it, playing at the jams, record another video...
The Aeolian Harp...that sounds like it could be a good story too...I almost bought one from a consignment store where I did pick up a dulcimer. I resisted on the harp...no, it was an auto harp...it was for $25, but I figure that I am musically challenged enough without taking on another instrument...maybe!
Hello Jessica, glad to see you on the site. Hope you enjoy!
Yes, I am on a couple (maybe more--how do you know when you've become addicted to the dulcimer???) of other pages that I have connected through Facebook. I initially saw your video (or was it you and your mother?) from the Dulcimerville video clip of your trip near Black Mountain, North Carolina? I really enjoyed that video--great music and scenery--what a wonderful context for the countryside and a wonderful instrument.
I had been near Black Mountain a couple of times as I finished my Bachelor's degree from Gardner-Webb College (now University) in 1980 located near Shelby and an hour due west of Charlotte. Great times and country. Thanks again for that video clip.
Hey Jessica, welcome aboard. Glad ya found us.
Welcome, Jessica, to this little corner of dulcimer heaven. It's great you are carrying on a family tradition with the dulcimer. I would to hear (and hear about) some of the more obscure areas you are exploring. I too enjoy putting "new" or "different" tunes on the dulcimer, so I'm trying to arrange some Polish tunes from the late Renaissance/early Baroque which I have played on the guitar. We'll see how that goes! Seriously, hope you enjoy it here.
I think that you'll enjoy it here, and welcome once again! The Dulcimerville video that you & Dee Dee did was beautiful!
Hey Jessica! Long time no see! Welcome to FOTMD!