Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Instructor/Performer Profile: Lois Hornbostel

Lois is a popular "pioneer" of mountain dulcimer playing technique and repertoire, with eight internationally published books to her credit. Her first recording, "Vive le Dulcimer," was a finalist for an "Indie" award in their World Music category. Lois travels the dulcimer trail, playing, teaching and carousing at dulcimer events across the country. Learning her music direct from traditional Irish, Appalachian, Cajun, and world musicians, Lois has also introduced the mountain dulcimer as a sometimes-new voice in these musical styles.

She learned to play Southern Appalachian style from traditional North Carolina dulcimer players, and has won the prestigious dulcimer competitions at the Galax, Mount Airy, and Fiddlers Grove old-time music conventions. Her recordings include "Masters of the Mountain Dulcimer Vol. I" and "Masters of the Mountain Dulcimer Play Music for Christmas." Lois is editor of Mel Bay Publications' internet "webzine," and also organizes dulcimer events in North Carolina. (

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