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Madeline MacNeil


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September 18 - 20, 2009:  Weekend Advanced Beginning/Intermediate Mountain and Hammered Dulcimer with Voice Workshop
Level: Advanced Beginning/Intermediate
Tuition: $120
Course Times: Friday 7 - 9 PM; Saturday 9:30 - 11:30 AM & 1:30 - 3:30 PM; Sunday 9:30 - 11:30 AM
Course Description: Both hammered and mountain dulcimer can provide entrancing and interesting accompaniment for the voice.  This workshop will explore that concept through basics (Where are the chords on each instrument?) and implementation (How do I play an interesting accompaniment?). Madeline MacNeil has sung probably since the day she was born and thoroughly enjoys both hammered and  mountain dulcimers for backup and accompaniment -- as well as sharing her ideas with others. Want to learn more about chords and backup? Bring your voice and your dulcimer/s and join us.


Madeline MacNeil is known as a singer with an exceptionally clear voice who accompanies herself on hammered dulcimer and mountain dulcimer. Her repertoire includes folk and traditional music, but also extends to songs by contemporary singer/songwriters, show tunes, jazz pieces, old standards, and arrangements of classical music. Maddie has developed accompaniment styles on both types of dulcimer that use the full range of her instruments, and she caps performances with friendly smiles.

Performances in the United States include The Barns at Wolf Trap, the Smithsonian Institution, the Shenandoah Valley Music Festival, and the National Cathedral. She has also played for such events as 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.

Her music has been part of several public television programs, including To Our Credit, a national production from Oregon Public Television. Mel Bay Publications has released several of her books, including instruction books and videos for both mountain and hammered dulcimers. From Christmas to classical, traditional folk to jazz, her recordings delight listeners everywhere.

Maddie comes to Weatherbury farm from her home in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.

Maddie writes, “Almost three decades ago, encouraged by my admiration of Judy Collins, Joni Mitchell, and Joan Baez, I began to perform. Singing and playing acoustic guitar, my first job was at the Wayside Inn, a Shenandoah Valley landmark since 1797. The first musicians there probably earned what I did in tips and dinner.
“I’m still singing, but my stage is now cultural centers, community gathering places, and festivals throughout the United States, and hammered and mountain dulcimer are my instruments. The Virginia Commission for the Arts has presented me with touring artist grants and I’ve taught at such wonderful venues as the Augusta Heritage Arts Workshops in Elkins, West Virginia and the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, North Carolina.
“During my early performing years I worked as a musician in Shenandoah National Park. Meeting people and learning about folk music was engaging, so I kept putting off my return to a “real” job. Somewhere along the way I realized this is my real job. Makes me smile.”

Maddie has 10 self-produced recordings as well as books, videos, and companion recordings published by Mel Bay (her products will be available at the concert).

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