Instructors - 2018 festival

Don Pedi   shares songs, tunes and stories in a warm, often humorous and always entertaining manner.  He is known for developing a playing style for the fretted mountain dulcimer that can match a fiddle, note for note, while maintaining the rhythms and characteristics of traditional music.

He won first place in the first contest he ever entered at Fiddler’s Grove in Union Grove, North Carolina, in 1974.  Before retiring from competition in 1984, Don had amassed around forty first place ribbons. Over the decades, he’s been recognized and honored for collecting, preserving and performing Traditional Appalachian music.

Since 1985 Don has championed folk music as an on air host at NPR affiliate WCQS 88.1 in Asheville, NC. His weekly show “Close to Home” airs on Saturdays, locally from 8:00-10:00pm (Eastern Time) and simultaneously streams on the web.

Don has appeared in the motion pictures “The Song Catcher” and “The Journey of August King”, as well as a number of documentaries and music specials.
Carol Walker’s   formal training includes a degree in Music Education, with majors in piano, harp, and voice.  For 32 years Carol was a high school choral teacher in northern NJ, with an active and successful program.   In 2003 she was honored to receive the NJ Governor’s Teacher of the Year Award, and in 2008 retired after deciding it was time to let someone else have all the fun! 

She branched out from her formal classical training after purchasing her first mountain dulcimer in 1999, and a folk harp in 2001.  It wasn’t long before she found a way to combine her love of teaching with her new direction in folk music, and has been a popular workshop leader at festivals across the United States. 

In 2014 she ventured for the first time to the famous Winfield Dulcimer Championship where her performance placed her as one of the Top Five Finalists.  A second trip in 2016 resulted in another placement in the Top Five.   

Carol has made two trips to the Isle of Man where she has done extensive research into traditional Manx music, producing two books of arrangements for mountain dulcimer (Tailless Tunes and Tailless Tunes 2) and a CD (Alas! The Horse is Gone), all exclusively devoted to this delightful Celtic-flavored music. 

Carol has also written three other instructional dulcimer books (DNA* Dulcimer Ditties), each with accompanying CDs. (*tunes so familiar they're practically etched on your DNA)

In 2015, Carol released her first instructional DVD (Exploring the Beauty of the Appalachian Dulcimer), produced by Happy Traum of Homespun Tapes. 

Her long-awaited book of classical melodies appeared in 2017:  Classical Dulcimer - Cwassical Favowites awwanged by Cawol Walker.

Since 2002 Carol has been performing with Wayfarers & Company, a Pennsylvania-based eclectic, old-time gospel folk group for which she adds vocals and also plays dulcimer, upright bass, piano, melodica, and harp. 

Carol is married to world-class acoustic guitarist, Toby Walker, and occasionally joins him on stage as vocalist or bassist during his tours around the US and Canada, UK, Europe, and Cyprus.

Please visit her website:
Tull Glazener  - in his own words:

"Many years ago, I was given my first mountain dulcimer as a Christmas present. I had grown up playing piano, organ, and several brass instruments all through high school and college, but I had never seen or heard of a dulcimer before. Because it only has 3 strings, and only half the frets of most stringed instruments, I dismissed it as just a toy, and not a "real instrument." So I thanked the gift-giver profusely, put the dulcimer in a closet, and forgot about it.

"Several years later, I happened upon the Central Indiana Folk Music and Mountain Dulcimer Society's annual festival at Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis, and heard a couple of guest artists performing on the instrument. I was amazed at its versatility and captivated by its sound. I immediately went home and dug my mountain dulcimer out of the closet, joined the organization, found a teacher to get me started, and have rarely put it down since."

Tull is a member of an old-time Indianapolis-based string band called the Family Reunion String Band.  They play and share old-time music. The band consists of dulcimers, autoharps, guitars, fiddle, bass, harmonica, jaw harp, mandolin, and banjo; and they play at various county fairs, craft festivals, churches, nursing homes, civic organizations, and hospitals. 2001 marked the 26th year that the group played at the Indiana State Fair.

An occassional columnist  for "Dulcimer Players News" (a must-read for anyone interested in these instruments), Tull has travelled to various festivals, teaching workshops and doing concerts, around the country.   Please his website to see which Music Festivals he will be at this coming year:
Carol Crocker   lives in Winston-Salem, NC. Her first introduction to the mountain dulcimer was at a school heritage day program. For over 20 years since then she has enjoyed sharing her love of the dulcimer and singing with children, adults, at schools, churches, and senior homes. Carol has a certification in Teaching the Mountain Dulcimer from Western Carolina University-Dulcimer U. In addition to teaching, she performs with Cantabile-Jubilee, a dulcimer-based trio, and she helps to lead the Camel City Strummers dulcimer club.

Carol is a graduate of Western Carolina University in music education and voice. She holds a MM in music education from UNC-Greensboro as well as Level III certification in Orff-Schulwerk. As a music educator she has taught many levels from elementary through working with college students for the over 30 years, and has been a presenter at music workshops and choral clinics throughout the Carolinas.
Judy House   is from Winston-Salem, NC where she lives with her husband, Kirk.  A graduate of Campbell University, she has had an interesting and varying career as an educator. She retired from public education after 35 years.

Having been involved with music all her life playing the piano, flute, and other instruments, she was asked 10 years ago to teach dulcimer at her local community college. This led to a new career for her! She now enjoys teaching groups and individuals in her area. A graduate of the first class for Teaching the Mountain Dulcimer from Dulcimer U at Western Carolina University, she joined the Dulcimer U staff to teach year 1 of this core class in 2014.

Judy is the music director for The Camel City Strummers Dulcimer Club which holds the Winston-Salem Dulcimer Festival each year in May. She also plays in the Cantabile Jubilee Dulcimer Trio and the Southern Appalachian String Section. Judy has written 5 dulcimer music books.

She is very fortunate that her passion for teaching as well as playing the dulcimer has led to her teaching at festivals around the country.  She has also presented at the NC Music Educators Association Conference on using the dulcimer to teach music in schools, something she feels very strongly about.