I heard my first hammer dulcimer in Elkmont campground in the Great Smokey Mountains. Since then, I have been the owner of three. The one in the picture is Maria, crafted by Joe and Carol Esch of Inspired Instruments. Other musical activities include playing piano and organ. My "day job", at least during 9 months of the year, is teaching 7th grade science. I also enjoy gardening, walking, swimming, and almost anything out-of-doors - especially with family and friends. My husband is Jess, and we have 3 adult children. "Music is enough for a lifetime, but a lifetime is not enough for music."
Hello, My name is Darlene Clark. I have been playing around with the dulcimer for about 3 years. My good friend/ neighbor Kathy introduced me to the dulcimer. She had purchased a small one from Walmart, and encouraged me to do the same so we could learn together. Our first festival was in Evansville, three years ago. I got a personal lesson from Lee Rowe, not knowing at the time, how famous he was in the Dulcimer community. I am a Family Service Specialist, and work with the Department of Children & Family Services. I have been married nearly 34 years to my husband Rodger. We have two sons, Rodney & Dillon. Rodney and his wife Jessica, have blessed us with our two grandsons, Wyatt & Jesse. Jesse, who is six, has showed an interest in the Dulcimer, and can play Boil them Cabbages Almost always, when I wear a Dulcimer club t-shirt, someone ask me about Dulcimers. Because I work full time and have two grandchildren, I don't always find the time to play the dulcimer or attend the club meetings, but I am honored to say I am a Red Hill Dulcimer club member.
Hi, my name is Kathy Fatheree. I have been addicted to dulcimers for almost 7 years now. I use them for therapy- both mental and physical. You tend to forget about anything negative when you are playing! I am a Mom to a son and daughter and Grandma to three. I also love photography and gardening... and showing people how to play the dulcimer.
My name is Paula Jones and I am married and have two grown children and three beautiful grandchildren. I got my first dulcimer in December of 2005. I ask Joan Brian and Brenda Dickirson if they could teach me how to play. We got together once and the next time they brought Brad Schilt with them. The next week we met at Joan's house and Jerry Pacholski was there. The rest is history as far as The Red Hill Dulcimer Society goes. Music has always been a major part of my life. I have three sisters and one brother. My mom stood us girls up by the piano as soon as we could stand. She played the piano by ear and had us singing in three part harmony when the oldest one was 7 years old. When my mother passed away in 2002 it left a big void in my life. I missed my mother, but I also missed the music. The dulcimer has helped to fill the music void. In the picture are some of the instruments that I play. The bowed psaltry, lap harp, mountain dulcimer and the dulcimette.
Beth enjoys playing mountain dulcimer and bowed psaltery. She has had a mountain dulcimer approximately nine years...but only found the Red Hill Dulcimer Society a year ago. She plays a traditional mountain dulcimer with wood tuners and recently converted from traditional dulcimer to add that 6 1/2 fret! She enjoys playing with the group and is also learning to play hammered dulcimer and pennywhistle. Beth has two nieces that are also learning to play the mountain dulcimer and they enjoy going to festivals together when possible.
I LOVE MY DULCIMER!!! Ray & I live south of Equality IL, in the middle of the beautiful Shawnee National Forest, where we spend a lot of time trail riding our mules. I am a member and enjoy the Red Hills Dulcimer Society, but am not able to participate as much as I would like to because of the distance. My dulcimer was a Christmas gift from my family. It was made by Mike Clemmer of Wood-N-Strings in Townsend, Tennessee. I also have a Clemmer Ban-Jammer. I attend as many festivals as possible...(although not nearly as many as I would like ). I am striving to become a much better player. My friends and I mostly play for our own enjoyment, but we also play at nursing homes and sometimes at church. Ray and I have been married 49 years. We have three grown children, one granddaughter and three grandsons.
Born and raised in Gibson County, IN, my husband and I now live on the family farm near Mt. Olympus. I graduated from University of Evansville, majoring in Elementary Ed with a Music Ed minor. I have taught second grade for 34 years! In addition to music, church, and family, we own horses and have shown them extensively in the past. I am on the IN 4-H Horse Judges' list and now spend more time judging than I do showing. In fact, I was judging a horse show in the Corydon area when my husband went to a Harvest Festival there and came back with three Corydon Dulcimer Society CDs...I picked up a dulcimer for the first time in January of 2011 ... well, that was that! Our daughter, Hallie, has been living in Texas and will be moving back to Indiana soon. Maybe I can convert her from the cello to a dulcimer!
I first "heard" the mountain dulcimer in 2003 and decided I had to learn to play. As one of my hobbies is woodworking, I decided to build my own instrument which was completed in February 2004. Since then I have built 2 other MD's and keep planning the next one. As a result of a newspaper article I wrote in 2006 about my luthier experiences, I was invited to the first organizational meeting of the RHDS. Thursday night's practices are the highlight of my week. I recently retired after 36 years in social work and am deciding what to do when I grow up. As I have a little experience in newspaper and radio, I function as the group's public relations rep. I also get to serve as the announcer for our performances and occasionally help repair the group's instruments. I love going to music festivals. Dulcimer World is full of the nicest people.
My name is Jane Peak. I live in Olney, Illinois. I taught fourth grade for 34 years and have always loved music. I attended a program of dulcimer music presented by the Red Hill Dulcimer Society at the Olney Public Library and was very impressed. Kathy Fatheree and others welcomed me into the club and have helped me to learn to play my dulcimer, which my husband, Kent, purchased for me as a Christmas gift.
I am a retired teacher living in Allendale. My hobby is gardening and planting flowers. I am just learning to play. Some day I hope to keep up with "Elwood's Delight"!
My love for music goes back to my grade school teacher in Owensville, Indiana. Even though I was only in 5th grade, "Miss Speck" let me play in the high school orchestra. I always loved her for that. Today I'm a retired teacher living in Allendale with Bill. Our daughter Patty is married. She and Jed have 2 sweet little girls. The Dulcimer Club gives me a chance to share music with others and stay in touch with good hearted people. Bill is learning to play too and that makes it even better. A big "thank you" to Mary Jane Rand for showing me her dulcimer over a year ago! We hope to show God's love to others on "our musical journey".
I know, the photo is kind of old and I will try to find a newer one. I have been a musician since I was about 10 years old and started playing the trumpet. Like too many of us I did not play much in the middle years of my life but the stereo. Several years ago I started playing tuba but they would not let me play tuba in the Dulcimer Society so I bought and learned to play the Bodhran. Since being in the group I have gotten very interested in the dulcimer and have since built four of them. Then I bought a good one and gave up building. My passion the last few years has been the Irish whistle. My wife Ann and I live outside of Lawrenceville and I still work as a woodcarver. www.umfleet.net
Lovingly remembered past members.
Mary Jane Rand