The recently retired Jim Miller joins our Dulcimer U staff every summer to lead the organized jams and teach various
electives for our mountain dulcimer week. He is the true perennial of the staff, having
been on staff for as long as anyone cares to remember. This summer, Jim will also
be teaching the beginner level class for our Hammered Dulcimer Weekend. Jim has been
playing and performing traditional music for more than 35 years. An accomplished instrument
builder and teacher, he has taught workshops at numerous festivals as well as won
many awards for his musicianship. For twenty years, Jim was the owner of the Hampton
Music Shop, in Hampton, Tennessee, where he handcrafted over 750 hammered dulcimers.
He has played with Celtic, Bluegrass, Swing, Blues and Old Time bands, and has done
session work on many recordings. In addition to being an accomplished performer and
workshop leader, Jim also is an enthusiastic jam facilitator (Jam-Meister, Master
of the Jam, etc.) who likes to get everyone involved. He plays guitar, banjo, octave
mandolin, bass, steel drum, percussion, autoharp, hammered and mountain dulcimers
as well as his own off-the-wall musical inventions, which are always entertaining.
Jim holds a Master's degree in Elementary Education and has completed the course work
for certification in music education. He recently retired from teaching 4th grade
in Roan Mountain, Tennessee, where he was also leading an after school traditional
string band program. He is still active as a teacher at East Tennessee State University,
teaching dulcimer and autoharp in the Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music program.
Visit Jim’s website at jimmillerdulcimer.com.
Katie LaRaye Waldren comes to WCU with a 30+year Hammered Dulcimer background gleaned from several American
folk communities & a genuine ongoing enthusiasm to teach. She has headlined at Dulcimer
workshops across the country, performed & recorded with both Asheville-based Trio,
Braidstream & Wisconsin-based Duo, Heartwood.
Her steadfast efforts over time have helped her develop effective teaching methods
& a unique array of percussively-embellished melodies & duet arrangements, which she
formats in large easy-to-read handouts.
Katie's repertoire consists of diverse music choices from several regions & eras,
with one pre-requisite ... that the tune brings out the character of the Dulcimer.
The result is a mixture of Celtic Jigs, reels & Aires, O'Carolan harp tunes, Appalachian
Folk & Shape-note melodies, Contra dance tunes, Carols, Classical pieces, European
Folk songs, & Original tunes.
"This dynamic teacher/performer brings new life to traditional songs with fresh harmony
& bright creative rhythm." - DSNI
" Her melodies move, flow, intertwine with brightness & elegance." - Dirty Linen
Whether she plays hammered or mountain dulcimer, Katie has a special touch that makes
every note sparkle & dance." - DPN
Steve Eulberg is a versatile full-time folk musician who specializes in fretted and hammered dulcimers,
but his first instrument was his mother's ukulele. He later bought a kit and built
his first mountain dulcimer. It's been love ever since – through a career performing
folk for kids to seniors, as a composer, and as an inner-city pastor, this award-winning
touring musician brings joy to all who hear him.
He's been called an Appalachian Jimmy Buffett because of his personable stage presence
and warm voice, but Buffett doesn't have Steve's on-the-money musicianship on dulcimers
and more. He plays the dulci-bro, banjammer, electric dulcimer and baritone dulcimer,
guitar, bass, mandolin, piano and hand percussion. He is a five-time Winfield, KS
National Winner in Mountain Dulcimer and a three-time National Finalist for Hammered
Dulcimer, in addition to other honors. He has produced 15 recordings; the newest,
Old School Old Time, was released in December 2012 and recorded with third-generation
fiddler Vi Wickham. Calling themselves "Fiddle Whamdiddle" (thelatter is slang for
hammered dulcimer), this 15 song collection of old-time folk includes tunes they "can't
remember not knowing." Steve offers his considerable talents on both fretted and hammered
dulcimers, making for a knee-slapping good time.
Steve has a musical soul influenced by many, including Tchaikovsky, Jean Ritchie,
and Stevie Wonder. He's shared the stage with folk artists John McCutcheon, Bryan
Bowers, Maggie Sansone, Emma's Revolution, and Mundy Turner. His music has appeared
on National Public Radio and on United Airlines Inflight Audio; his "Soaring" was
licensed by PBS' RoadTrip Nation. Several songs have charted on The Music Review,
including "War Is Sweet," which topped the Independent Country chart in September
2007. In the Roots Music Report for November and January 2013, he had 3 albums in
the Top 50.
Originally from Pemberville, Ohio, Steve spent many years living in Fort Collins,
CO. Since 2014 he and his wife Connie settled in San Mateo, CA, where he is now the
Artistic Director of the Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering and leads the Berkeley Dulcimer
Orchestra. In addition to teaching pre-school children and their families in Music
Together, Steve teaches at many top dulcimer festivals and continues to bring his
"smile-inducing, toe-tapping, thought-provoking folkgrass" to audiences across the
For more information, please visit his websites at patreon.com/steveeulberg or owlmountainmusic.com or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org