Hi, folks. I'm new here, and Noterman asked me to introduce myself.
I was born and raised in Canada, and fell in love with acoustic music in the '60s. I learned to play guitar at the age of 13, and although I don't recall the exact moment I first heard a mountain dulcimer, I'm sure it was from Jean Ritchie. I continued to play guitar and sing through high school and college, but pretty much gave up as I entered graduate school and started a family.
Fast forward... my family and I moved to the US in 1994. I began to play again, and joined an informal band in Rockford, IL that included a couple who played harp and hammered dulcimer. I also rediscovered my deep love for traditional Celtic music, and played in a couple of Irish bands. My late wife and I built a mountain dulcimer from a kit, but it was all laminated woods and sounded pretty bad. I ended up buying a Folkcraft dulcimer, but rarely played it.
Fast forward again... we moved to Lake County, IL in 2014 and I got involved with the Lake County Folk Club (thelakecountyfolkclub.org), both as a performer at Open Stage and Song Circle events, and as one of the people responsible for running the sound system. About a month ago during a Song Circle (now virtual, using Zoom, in these trying times) I dusted off the dulcimer and played Stan Rogers' "The Jeannie C". People seemed to enjoy it, so I'm now rekindling my love for dulcimer and old-time music in general. Besides guitar and dulcimer, I also play (or try to play) clawhammer banjo, mandolin and octave mandolin.