Karen Ashbrook is the author of "Playing the Hammered Dulcimer in the Irish Tradition" and is a popular teacher and performer at dulcimer festivals around the country. Karen plays Celtic, Belgian and French music with her husband, Paul Oorts. She has numerous recordings including her 2006 release, "Spring Will Come."
Jenny Coxon is a co-founder of the Nonsuch Dulcimer Club, a group which provides workshops and sessions for dulcimer players all over England. She has performed on dulcimer and accordion in numerous ceilidh and morris dance bands, and also performs with piper Adrian Schofield and in the Rising Sun Band. Her specialty is music from the Northwest of England.
Jody Marshall, a clear and insightful teacher, is known for her easy to understand and enjoyable style of instruction. Her lively and dynamic playing is featured on her latest recording on Maggie's Music, "Carol of the Bells." She performs in DC-based Celtic bands Connemara and Emerald Glen.
John Roberts has been one of the foremost singers of British traditional song in America for over 35 years, touring with fellow Brit, Tony Barrand with whom he has made over a dozen recordings with material ranging from sea shanties to the music hall. He is a popular teacher and performer at camps and festivals internationally and is known for his subtle harmonies and infectious sense of humor.
Mary Lea has performed with two of Boston's most popular dance bands, Yankee Ingenuity and Bare Necessities since 1977, as well as more recently with Childsplay, BLT, and Wild Asparagus. A fluid and versatile fiddler, her skills range from English and American dances to Venezuelan waltzes, from stately dance tunes to ragtime and blues.
Peter Barnes plays flute, piano and assorted other instruments for traditional dances in a wide variety of bands. He is one of Boston's busiest musicians performing an average of 250 nights a year since the 1970's with numerous dance bands as well as traditional Irish and Scottish musicians in a variety of settings. He has published "English Dance Tunes" (vol. 1 &2) , "A Little Couple Dancemusik," widely used by most dance musicians, as well as "Interview with a Vamper," a book of piano techniques.
Paul Oorts a native of Belgium, is adept at musette accordion and almost everything with strings. His instrumental versatility and consummate knowledge of many different styles of music has made Paul the accompanist of choice for many hammered dulcimer players and dance bands. He plays English, Scottish, vintage and contra dance with Goldcrest, Gigmeisters, Cabaret Sauvignon and numerous DC area bands.