Mountain & Hammered Dulcimer

Madeline MacNeil’s audiences hold their collective breath as the last notes of her songs drift into the tableau of stages large and small. Since 1972, when she began performing in Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park, Madeline’s goal has always been to bring listeners into the song. Her interest in stories first brought the mountain and hammered dulcimers to her attention, for they are part of this country's musical history. This is part of Madeline’s treasure as a performer: she sings and tells the stories with her beautiful voice and exceptional dulcimer skills.

Upcoming Performances

November 25 • Saturday • Delaplane, Virginia
Sky Meadows State Park Dulcimer music and songs by Maddie MacNeil Noon until 3:00 dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks/sky

Mt. Dulcimer History Program
Saturday, December 2nd • Fairfax, Virginia Dulcimer history and songs by Ralph Lee Smith and Madeline MacNeil Fairfax City Library, 10:30-12:30 librarycalendar.fairfaxcounty.gov

Maddie’s Blog

Waterford Fair, in the village of Waterford, Virginia, and I have been friends since 1983. It is held the first weekend in October and has been since 1943. Visitors tour historic houses and watch artists and performances of traditional music and dance. There are of course many stories, but I’ll share a couple about Waterford 2016.

I always sing to and with children and adults at the Fair and let them sample the hammered dulcimer. Here is a picture of Emily exploring the dulcimer. I was probably singing “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” to her. Her mother told me of memories she’d had over the years when her parents brought her by my booth for a little music.

Not long after Emily left, a cart came by with a woman and her family. She wanted sing a song with me, as she had in years past. We beautifully sang “Over The Rainbow” together! Her day at the Fair was also a celebration. In a few days she was turning 100.

Our music and their stories hold us all so close together. It matters not if we’re months old or decades old. Music teaches and inspires us.

 

Upcoming Performances

November 25 • Saturday • Delaplane, Virginia
Sky Meadows State Park Dulcimer music and songs by Maddie MacNeil Noon until 3:00 dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks/sky

Mt. Dulcimer History Program
Saturday, December 2nd • Fairfax, Virginia Dulcimer history and songs by Ralph Lee Smith and Madeline MacNeil Fairfax City Library, 10:30-12:30 librarycalendar.fairfaxcounty.gov

Upcoming Performances

November 25 • Saturday • Delaplane, Virginia
Sky Meadows State Park Dulcimer music and songs by Maddie MacNeil Noon until 3:00 dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks/sky

Mt. Dulcimer History Program
Saturday, December 2nd • Fairfax, Virginia Dulcimer history and songs by Ralph Lee Smith and Madeline MacNeil Fairfax City Library, 10:30-12:30 librarycalendar.fairfaxcounty.gov

Mountain and Hammered Dulcimer

Madeline MacNeil’s audiences hold their collective breath as the last notes of her songs drift into the tableau of stages large and small. Since 1972, when she began performing in Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park, Madeline’s goal has always been to bring listeners into the song. Her interest in stories first brought the mountain and hammered dulcimers to her attention, for they are part of this country's musical history. This is part of Madeline’s treasure as a performer: she sings and tells the stories with her beautiful voice and exceptional dulcimer skills.

Maddie’s Blog

Waterford Fair, in the village of Waterford, Virginia, and I have been friends since 1983. It is held the first weekend in October and has been since 1943. Visitors tour historic houses and watch artists and performances of traditional music and dance. There are of course many stories, but I’ll share a couple about Waterford 2016.

I always sing to and with children and adults at the Fair and let them sample the hammered dulcimer. Here is a picture of Emily exploring the dulcimer. I was probably singing “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” to her. Her mother told me of memories she’d had over the years when her parents brought her by my booth for a little music.

Not long after Emily left, a cart came by with a woman and her family. She wanted sing a song with me, as she had in years past. We beautifully sang “Over The Rainbow” together! Her day at the Fair was also a celebration. In a few days she was turning 100.

Our music and their stories hold us all so close together. It matters not if we’re months old or decades old. Music teaches and inspires us.

 

Mountain and Hammered Dulcimer

Madeline MacNeil’s audiences hold their collective breath as the last notes of her songs drift into the tableau of stages large and small. Since 1972, when she began performing in Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park, Madeline’s goal has always been to bring listeners into the song. Her interest in stories first brought the mountain and hammered dulcimers to her attention, for they are part of this country's musical history. This is part of Madeline’s treasure as a performer: she sings and tells the stories with her beautiful voice and exceptional dulcimer skills.

Maddie’s Blog

Waterford Fair, in the village of Waterford, Virginia, and I have been friends since 1983. It is held the first weekend in October and has been since 1943. Visitors tour historic houses and watch artists and performances of traditional music and dance. There are of course many stories, but I’ll share a couple about Waterford 2016.

I always sing to and with children and adults at the Fair and let them sample the hammered dulcimer. Here is a picture of Emily exploring the dulcimer. I was probably singing “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” to her. Her mother told me of memories she’d had over the years when her parents brought her by my booth for a little music.

Not long after Emily left, a cart came by with a woman and her family. She wanted sing a song with me, as she had in years past. We beautifully sang “Over The Rainbow” together! Her day at the Fair was also a celebration. In a few days she was turning 100.

Our music and their stories hold us all so close together. It matters not if we’re months old or decades old. Music teaches and inspires us.

 

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