"I seek wisdom, treasure spiritual depth, follow a hope that makes fertilizer out of fear and celebrate joy that transforms sorrow." That makes for a very creative mix.
Founder of the Colorado Dulcimer Festival, Steve is a versatile folk musician specializing in fretted and hammered dulcimers. He is a five-time National Winner in Mountain Dulcimer and a three-time National Finalist for Hammered Dulcimer, in addition to many other honors.
Through a career as performer and 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 Buffet because of his personable stage presence and warm voice.
Steve has produced 15 recordings and provided his considerable hammered and mountain dulcimer talents on innumerable recordings. He’s performed at a variety ofnational and international venues, as well as in many liturgical settings. These include familiar venues like clubs, coffeehouses, bookstores, festivals, charity benefits and showcase concerts, as well as religious communities, union halls, picket lines, inter-faith retreats, and mountaintop youth camps.
Steve cites four things that make his music unique:
1) Instrumentation—“mountain and hammered dulcimers can (and like to!) play a broader variety of music than is often expected”;
2) Rootedness—“in the earth, in the traditions of the past, integrating today with yesterday for tomorrow”;
3) Playfulness—“surprising listeners with what they didn’t know they really expected”; and
4) Thoughtfulness: “the Other angle to view from.”
Woodchopper's Reel - Not My Monkey
Shenandoah - Not My Monkey
8th of January - Not My Monkey
Old Joe Clark - Not My Monkey
Matthew - Not My Monkey
Cold Frosty Morning - Not My Monkey
Aura Lea - Not My Monkey
Redwing - Not My Monkey
Not My Monkey - Not My Monkey
The Blackest Crow - Not My Monkey
Temperance Reel - Not My Monkey
June Apple - Not My Monkey
Uncle Jim's Song
My uncle's tale of his experience in the Bikini Atoll tests, as he told it to me.
Mountain Dulcimer with Fiddles, Jaw Harp and percussion.
Blacktail Weasel and the Ground Squirrel Clan
Fiddle and mountain dulcimer bring this plaintive tune of the circle of life to our ears.
One Sweet Sabbath Breath
From the first day of Sabbatical!
from Paul's stories with his dulcimer and his ferrets.
Nothing Like the Sound of a Woman
...there truly isn't....
Uncle Jim's Song
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Not My Monkey CD Cover
1: What artist would you most love to work with?
I've been able to work with many of my he- and sheroes. I'd love to play with Pete Seeger, Carlos Santana, Willie Nelson, B.B. King, Eric Clapton,
2: What instrument brings you the most joy?
Mountain Dulcimer! I mean, just look at it!
3: What was the worst advice?
I seem to forget bad advice...
4: What was your first concert?
First Full-Length All Original MusicConcert: Melodies of a Journeying Soul, Aug 1983, LakeView Lutheran Church, Chicago, IL. Varsity Quartet & Glee Club in College, Church choirs and High School Musicals...
5: What/where is the best road food?
The healthy gluten-free food I pack for the trip-Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, Sunflower Markets and more!
6: What’s the best music advice you ever got?
Don't try to sound like everybody else, try to sound like YOU.
7: Who is your most surprising inspiration?
Anyone with whom I seriously disagree.