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Traditional music from Appalachia, the Celtic Isles, and Cape Breton featuring hammered dulcimer, guitar, fiddle, and banjo

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Jim Plitt

Known throughout the mid-Atlantic as a master hammered dulcimer player, Jim has been making beautiful music for 20 years. He attended Dulcimer Week at the famed Swannanoa Gathering for 6 years, and has played solo and in numerous groups. He also plays mandolin, banjo, and guitar. His focus has been traditional music from Appalachia, Ireland, Scotland, and Canada. A woodworker, Jim has also enjoyed building several instruments over the years, including a dulcimer, Celtic harp, and a guitar. The dulcimer he currently plays was crafted by James Jones of Bedford, Virginia. His banjo was made by Noel Booth of North Carolina. Jim is founder and owner of JP Support Services, a digital and audio-visual technology support company.

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Emily Hancock

Emily has been playing music and singing for most of her life, starting with piano and cello. In graduate school, she discovered the wonderful musical traditions of Appalachia. Inspired by the history of fiddlers and banjo-players in North Carolina, including her family-of-origin, she began learning guitar, dulcimer, fiddle, and banjo. She and Jim have been playing together for over 10 years. By day, Emily is a letterpress printer and hand-bookbinder at St Brigid Press, in Afton, Virginia.

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