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Madeline’s New England ancestors (she’s a first-generation Virginian) arrived in the fishing and mariner towns of Rockport and Gloucester, Massachusetts in 1635, while her Canadian forbears came to Cape Breton from Edinburgh in the mid-1800's. She knits it all together: Scotland’s countryside, the lives of families separated and brought together by the sea, and the resilience and art of those who settled in the Appalachian Mountains.

Her recording career began in 1983 and now includes more than a dozen independent releases, including tributes to her family heritage on Songs Of Earth and Sea and her love for jazz on As Time Goes By. Heart’s Ease (classical and Celtic music featuring the hammered dulcimer) won an Indie for string music from NAIRD, while Christmas Comes Anew was a finalist for this coveted award. Her recording of “Shenandoah,” her signature song, has been used extensively in Public Television productions.

She has performed in schools for students from elementary through high school and often invited them to play a little on her dulcimers. The Barns At Wolf Trap has presented her in concert, as have arts centers, churches and universities throughout the United States. Across the Atlantic, she has performed at the O’Carolan Festival in Keadue, County Roscommon, Ireland; the Glasgow Festival of the Arts in Scotland; and for the Nonsuch Dulcimer Gathering in East Norton, Leicestershire, England. For several years she was a touring artist under the sponsorship of the Virginia Commission for the Arts. She’s been honored by folk organizations and festivals.

Madeline is a best-selling author of mountain and hammered dulcimer books for Mel Bay Publications, and from 1978 through 2006 she was the publisher of Dulcimer Players News, a quarterly publication devoted to both hammered and mountain dulcimers.

 

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Madeline’s New England ancestors (she’s a first-generation Virginian) arrived in the fishing and mariner towns of Rockport and Gloucester, Massachusetts in 1635, while her Canadian forbears came to Cape Breton from Edinburgh in the mid-1800's. She knits it all together: Scotland’s countryside, the lives of families separated and brought together by the sea, and the resilience and art of those who settled in the Appalachian Mountains.

Her recording career began in 1983 and now includes more than a dozen independent releases, including tributes to her family heritage on Songs Of Earth and Sea and her love for jazz on As Time Goes By. Heart’s Ease (classical and Celtic music featuring the hammered dulcimer) won an Indie for string music from NAIRD, while Christmas Comes Anew was a finalist for this coveted award. Her recording of “Shenandoah,” her signature song, has been used extensively in Public Television productions.

She has performed in schools for students from elementary through high school and often invited them to play a little on her dulcimers. The Barns At Wolf Trap has presented her in concert, as have arts centers, churches and universities throughout the United States. Across the Atlantic, she has performed at the O’Carolan Festival in Keadue, County Roscommon, Ireland; the Glasgow Festival of the Arts in Scotland; and for the Nonsuch Dulcimer Gathering in East Norton, Leicestershire, England. For several years she was a touring artist under the sponsorship of the Virginia Commission for the Arts. She’s been honored by folk organizations and festivals.

Madeline is a best-selling author of mountain and hammered dulcimer books for Mel Bay Publications, and from 1978 through 2006 she was the publisher of Dulcimer Players News, a quarterly publication devoted to both hammered and mountain dulcimers.

 

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Madeline’s New England ancestors (she’s a first-generation Virginian) arrived in the fishing and mariner towns of Rockport and Gloucester, Massachusetts in 1635, while her Canadian forbears came to Cape Breton from Edinburgh in the mid-1800's. She knits it all together: Scotland’s countryside, the lives of families separated and brought together by the sea, and the resilience and art of those who settled in the Appalachian Mountains.

Her recording career began in 1983 and now includes more than a dozen independent releases, including tributes to her family heritage on Songs Of Earth and Sea and her love for jazz on As Time Goes By. Heart’s Ease (classical and Celtic music featuring the hammered dulcimer) won an Indie for string music from NAIRD, while Christmas Comes Anew was a finalist for this coveted award. Her recording of “Shenandoah,” her signature song, has been used extensively in Public Television productions.

She has performed in schools for students from elementary through high school and often invited them to play a little on her dulcimers. The Barns At Wolf Trap has presented her in concert, as have arts centers, churches and universities throughout the United States. Across the Atlantic, she has performed at the O’Carolan Festival in Keadue, County Roscommon, Ireland; the Glasgow Festival of the Arts in Scotland; and for the Nonsuch Dulcimer Gathering in East Norton, Leicestershire, England. For several years she was a touring artist under the sponsorship of the Virginia Commission for the Arts. She’s been honored by folk organizations and festivals.

Madeline is a best-selling author of mountain and hammered dulcimer books for Mel Bay Publications, and from 1978 through 2006 she was the publisher of Dulcimer Players News, a quarterly publication devoted to both hammered and mountain dulcimers.

 

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