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Karen Alley

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  • Erinmaemusic bought reward: "Digital download of one of my CDs (also comes with any tip over $10)"
  • bought reward: "Mailed copies of both of my books *Shipped to US and Canada"
  • Cindy Alley: What happened?
  • Erinmaemusic: We lost it right at the end. :( Thank you, Karen, for a lovely Sunday afternoon concert. Each song you chose and story you told was just perfect! Beautiful!
  • Cindy Alley: It was delightful! I want to hear the full song someday, though.

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Karen Alley, the 2014 National Hammered Dulcimer Champion, was playing the fiddle at a folk festival in 2004 when she discovered the hammered dulcimer, and found that she could make much nicer sounds on the dulcimer than on the fiddle. Hammered dulcimer rapidly became a passion, and she now teaches and performs across the US. Her repertoire ranges from Celtic to classical to hymns to show... more

Karen Alley, the 2014 National Hammered Dulcimer Champion, was playing the fiddle at a folk festival in 2004 when she discovered the hammered dulcimer, and found that she could make much nicer sounds on the dulcimer than on the fiddle. Hammered dulcimer rapidly became a passion, and she now teaches and performs across the US. Her repertoire ranges from Celtic to classical to hymns to show tunes, and her style combines percussive techniques with the rich harmonies and broad dynamics that make the dulcimer one of the most expressive instruments used in the folk community. She has released two albums showcasing a variety of styles, as well as two books: "Beyond Melodies, Using Chords to Add Harmony," which demystifies music theory and playing harmonies with melody lines, and "Christmas with your Dulcimer," a book of arrangements of favorite Christmas carols for beginner and intermediate players. When she's not playing the dulcimer, Karen is a glaciologist specializing in the ice shelves of the Antarctic Ice Sheet. She also teaches in the geology department at the College of Wooster in Ohio.

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