Norm Williams

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Location: Breinigsville, PA
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Music has always been a large part of my life.  I sang my first solo at age 12 and sang a lot with the church choir and my family during my high school years.  At age 20 I picked up the guitar, and soon after started playing with friends – we formed a band; “Wayfarers,” and the rest is history.

 

Currently I consider the mountain dulcimer my main instrument though I still play lots of guitar, some banjo and ukulele, a little native flute and do lots of singing.  My principal musical focus is Old-Time Appalachian fiddle and gospel songs and tunes with lots of other folk influences, all acoustic of course.

 

I am privileged to be a co-founder of The Pocono Dulcimer Club, and a  coordinator of their Winter DulcimerFest held every January in Stroudsburg, PA: a co-founder of the Maiden Creek Old Time Music Festival held annually the 2nd weekend in July.  I began teaching mountain dulcimer in 2002 and have been faculty at festivals throughout the Northeast (including the Pocono Winter DulcimerFest; DAA Mountain Dulcimer Music Fest, August Dulcimer Days,  Music by the Bay, the Cranberry Dulcimer Gathering, Maiden Creek Old Time Festival, MadCap Music Camps &  Augusta Heritage Center, WV).  Additionally I coordinate music for the Quiet Valley Historical Farm in Stroudsburg for their annual Harvest Festival in October (2nd weekend) and their Music in the Valley program in July.

 

I also perform with the bands Wayfarers & Company , Tom & Betty Druckenmiller, and most recently with Cliff Cole & Rob Yoder in the band, Dulcimer Boys ...and in lots of informal old time string bands who jam at Farmers Markets and the like throughout the Lehigh Valley. I am also a volunteer host for news and folk programming at WDIY 88.1FM, Lehigh Valley Community Public Radio.

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Holy Manna (Bretheren We Have Met to Worship)

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Wayfaring Stranger

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Wayfaring Stranger

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On Jordan's Stormy Banks

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Cindi Zechman
06/16/12 12:36:39PM @cindi-zechman:

I plan on being there...going to get my tickets next week. It's easy to forget that many before me learned to play by ear & never even saw a tab book.....with all the really talented & musically educated (theory) folks on this site, I tend to get discouraged at times but the instrument is just to fun too fun to put down & besides, the challenge of figuring out a song is addicting at times. See you in your class...hopefully I'll be able to absorb some of it


Cindi Zechman
06/15/12 09:02:48AM @cindi-zechman:

tell me more about your class...I'm new to dulcimer (about 6 months) and so far have been playing by ear (tabs confuse the heck out of me) so if I want to learn a song I just pick along till I figure out the melody & then work on whatever chords seem to work. The same goes for finger picking....whatever sounds good for the song. If your class is for advanced players, I guess that would leave me out.


Jim Fawcett
05/21/12 10:22:50AM @jim-fawcett:

Norm, my wife Bev really like your beginners class at Perkasie. We both liked the workshop. Thanks for for a great workshop.


Thomasina Levy
11/04/10 06:29:00PM @thomasina-levy:
Hey Norm,Sorry it took me so long to respond to your friend request. I don't visit this website very often. It was terrific seeing you at Dulcimer Daze.All the best,Sina
Dwain Wilder
08/07/10 12:28:17PM @dwain-wilder:
Hi Norm, nice to see you on FOTMD. Looking forward already to Pocono Winterfest!
Judith Giddings
07/28/10 11:11:45PM @judith-giddings:
Hi Norm,Just realized you were talking about DAA in March at Albany. I was at Cranberry last weekend. It was a great festival. J:-)
Strumelia
03/08/10 09:43:49AM @strumelia:
Yes Norm, a little more open jamming would have been great. But I realize that in a 1.5 day fest it would be hard to carve more time out for jamming- especially in a church where you really can't have people jamming there till 1am. ;)
Norm Williams
03/08/10 09:12:48AM @norm-williams:
Thanks Lisa,I enjoyed the weekend very much - it is definitely one of my faorite festivals... I was glad to see the banjo at the "jam" but wish it could have been longer and alittle more playing - ah! a small wish... It was terrific to meet you - see you down the road!
Strumelia
03/07/10 10:54:23PM @strumelia:
Norm, I so much enjoyed your class and your stage performance- what a joy to hear those ballads and hymns. Definitely one of my top favorite things about this past weekend.
Strumelia
03/04/10 12:39:14PM @strumelia:
Hi Norm, I will be going to the Albany fest this weekend....see you there, say hi if you see me! :)
Norm Williams
03/01/10 05:58:02AM @norm-williams:
Thanks everybody!! Nice to be here and I'm wondering how i missed this group... hmmm. Anyone going up to Albany this weekend? Great festival, some good MD instructors...
Jim Fawcett
02/28/10 07:32:42PM @jim-fawcett:
Hey Norm, welcome aboard. Glad to another PA'er joined the ranks...
Bill Lewis
02/28/10 03:08:00PM @bill-lewis:
Welcome to FOTMD Norm. :)
Rod Westerfield
02/28/10 01:41:04PM @rod-westerfield:
welcome Norm... glad ya joined the family..
Strumelia
02/28/10 01:06:56PM @strumelia:
Hi Norm, welcome!You play limberjack?- I love playing my limberjacks! Awesome. :D