Don Pedi, Appalachian Dulcimer
Don has presented his workshop & concert programs for Dulcimer Clubs and groups from California to Maine. This is Don's third visit to the Maidencreek Festival!
For over forty years Don has played music with and learned songs and tunes from many of Appalachia's finest traditional singers and instrumentalists. Don Pedi was born into a musical family in Chelsea Massachusetts. He got involved with the Boston area folk music scene in the early sixties.
1964 was when he first laid eyes on a dulcimer. It was being played by Richard Farina at a live performance by Mimi and Richard Farina at the old Unicorn Coffee House in Boston.
At first sight of the mountains around Harmon Den and Fines Creek in North Carolina, Don knew he was home. He's pretty much lived in and around Asheville from then on. In 1991 Don and wife Jean moved to a little farm in the mountains of Madison County, North Carolina. The area is rich in traditional music and customs (neighbors still plow with mules and horses).
Don shares his experience in a warm, friendly non-competitive atmosphere. Don will teach the two-hour master workshop focusing on traditional North Carolina tunes and techniques, and an additional hour workshop, too.
Each Master Clinic has 12 spaces for students.
Pre-registration is required for Master Clinics.