Friends of the GODC
Many of the Grand Old Dulcimer Club Players regularly patronize the following friends. Click the "Learn More" button to go directly to their websites.
Stephen Seifert modestly describes himself as a mountain dulcimer player, but he is much, much more. He is a world-class musician who was a student of and collaborator with David Schnaufer, founder of the Grand Old Dulcimer Club. Stephen travels all over the world to perform and teach, but he lives right here in Nashville. He pops in occasionally to lead the GODC, and when he's in town, you'll be most delighted to take classes from him or listen and watch him play with us. He teaches one-on-one at his home, via workshops, through Skype, and on dulcimerschool.com. Click on the Learn More link below to go to his website. (See featured links page for a link to dulcimerschool.com.)
Bing Futch is another musician/teacher we love to see whenever he is in town; the photo above is with our own Neda. Fun and generous with his skills (see Dulcimerica lessons on Youtube) and a passionate teacher, Bing offers something for everyone, from traditional training for beginners to music for those who want to play "outside the box" and explore the blues and rock on his versatile instrument. Blues, you ask? Click the "Learn More" button to go to his website; under the "Music" menu, enjoy the bluesy Red-headed Lover. Rock? Click here to see a July 2017 awesome performance, "Bricks", led by Bing and featuring some well-known musicians including Stephen Seifert.
Tull--even though most of us don't know him personally, we all call this writer, composer, teacher, arranger, and master dulcimer player by his first name as if we were friends, whenever we talk about him within the GODC. It's because so many of us have benefited from Tull's books, his workshops and his generosity with old and new songs and their history on his website. We play his arrangements in the GODC, and were delighted to find out that you can purchase the original WAX documentary from him as well. Tull wants to remind people that 100% of the proceeds from the sales of WAX go to support the "Dulcimers for David" project, which seeks to get as many dulcimers as possible into the hands of young people who have expressed an interest in learning how to play, as part of David Schnaufer's legacy. Patronize his site below; tell this good friend of ours the GODC sent you.
The Blair School of Music serves as the focal point within Vanderbilt University for the study of music as a human endeavor and as a performing art. Music offers to all persons a medium for the expression of the human spirit. Accordingly, the Blair School of Music addresses music through a broad array of academic, pedagogical, and performing activities. Consistent with the mission of Vanderbilt University, the School maintains and promotes the highest standards in the pursuit of scholarly and creative work, in the delivery of instruction, and in the promotion of professional and public service. The Anne Potter Wilson Library in the Blair School of Music has an extensive collection of David Schnaufer's papers and materials of interest to scholars as well as fans of Davids. Click the Learn More button to visit Blair's website; start here for a search of the David Schnaufer collection: http://www.library.vanderbilt.edu/music/search.php?all_query=david+schnaufer
Dan Evans is a friend of the GODC from Olney, England. Dan is a multi-talented professional photographer, musician and the leading dulcimer maestro in the U.K. He has five albums and 16 international tours that share his unique playing style with the world, and is always working on something new. He plays classical finger-style dulcimer to create his own unique style. You can learn more about this gifted musician in the spring quarter Dulcimer Player News. To learn more about Dan and his exquisite music right on his website, click the button below.
For both those new to the mountain dulcimer and veteran players who may be new to Jerry, be sure to get on his mailing list and check out his wonderful music and materials. He has been an international advocate for the mountain dulcimer since the 1970s. He is a master musician, teacher and custom builder of our favorite instrument. He lives and works in the Appalachian foothills of southeast Ohio and teaches mountain dulcimer workshops across the country. He is committed to helping his students explore the dulcimer in the deepest and fullest way possible. Jerry specializes in the gentle, soothing and hypnotic sounds of Celtic airs, waltzes and folk tunes, but plays any style. Check him out here in a session for Folk Alley where they interview Jerry and Stephen Seifert between some of our favorite songs. Jerry's latest recordings feature the mesmerizing and almost trance-inducing sounds of the electric dulcimer. For more information on Jerry, click the link below.
Wood-N-Strings Dulcimer Shop
Mike and Connie Clemmer run the best little music shop around in Townsend, Tennessee. Visit to see Mike handcraft his beautiful dulcimers and other musical instruments, including his own invention, the ban-jammer. Take lessons from some of the finest players in the country during their annual Pickin' Porch series, and talk with two of the nicest people you'll ever meet.
A wonderful performer and skillful teacher, Sarah is one of the GODC's favorites for her versatility at teaching beginners to advanced to play skillfully and smoothly and even how to play without sheet music for those who value going in that direction. Visit her website by clicking the link below to learn more about her fascinating story.