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Want Music at Your Event?

It would be an honor to bring our music to your event.

  • Folk Music Event/Concert
  • Music and Arts Festivals
  • Public and Holiday Events
  • Church Events
  • Funerals

 

We'd love to hear from you!  Contact us at 309/530-0997 or dulcimergal98@yahoo.com

Brian and Maureen met in 1982 and married the following year. We are the proud parents of three lovely daughters. Maureen studied piano growing up and has always enjoyed singing. Brian played guitar in college and the ensuing years. But it was not until we discovered dulcimers- and the community that plays and enjoys them- that music brought a special meaning and togetherness into our lives. Our special musical interests are sacred, Irish, folk, and popular classical with some original compositions rounding things out. Playing in public we love to share our instruments with the curious and encourage others to pursue their dreams of learning an instrument.

We have been playing music professionally for years at music festivals and events in the Central Illinois area. Maureen became fascinated with the hammered dulcimer while watching another lady playing a hammered dulcimer at a small town Octoberfest celebration in 1997. Maureen saved up her money, bought a hammered dulcimer, took some lessons and has been enthralled with the instrument ever since.

Brian began playing music in college, learning to play guitar from some fellow students who lived down the hall from him in his dorm. He shortly began playing in local coffee houses and jamming with friends. After college, career, marriage and family soon took most of his time, although the guitar was always an arm's reach away. When Maureen started going to music festivals with her hammered dulcimer, Brian of course went along with his guitar. It was while at Kentucky Music Week Festival in Bardstown, Kentucky, in 2003 that Brian saw someone playing a mountain dulcimer. He liked the sound and decided to try that instrument. That has proven to be a good decision and Brian has become an outstanding player. Brian also has been learning to play the banjo as well.

The magazine Dulcimer Players News (www.dpnews.com) published our article entitled "Community - Giving Back" in its July 2007 edition. The article is a "How - To" on volunteering to play at nursing homes and encouraging our fellow musicians to do more of the same. In November 2013 DPN published our article "How to write a Playlist for Any Occasion" from a 2012 KMW workshop.  We have presented workshops at Kentucky Music Week in Bardstown, KY.  In April 2012 Maureen performed Malcolm Dalglish's "Sail Away" with the University of Illinois' Women's Glee Club. 

We also have recorded two CD's. Our first CD, entitled "Irish At Heart", is a collection of lesser known old Irish tunes, as well as several hymns and contemporary tunes including one compostion by Brian. It is available through the contact button of this website. Our second CD, entitled simply "Pearls", is a collection of hymns and patriotic music and is dedicated to our veterans of military service. As we say in the dedication, you are pearls to us, every one of you. The CD " Pearls" is available through CDBABY.com

Maureen has been teaching hammered dulcimer and beginner bowed psaltery for several years and Brian also teaches. Both are available for private lessons. For more information, go to www.everthingdulcimer.com, or contact us.

One of the side effects of being a musician is the tendency to collect instruments. We have 4 hammered dulcimers, 8 mountain dulcimers, two harps, 3 guitars, 4 tin whistles, a bowed psaltery, Irish bodhran (drum), reverie harp and a piano. In the Gallery you will find pictures of many of these instruments being played. We also have two Labrador Retrievers, two Rex/Dutch bunnies and two Beagle 'granddogs'.

Give us a call at 309/530-0997 or dulcimergal98@yahoo.com