Cliff Cole on Hammered Dulcimer

Cliff Cole fell in love with the hammered dulcimer at the Philadelphia Folk Festival three decades ago, and he’s been hammering on ever since. He started off as a drummer playing rock, jazz, and blues, and then carried that musical experience and sense of rhythm over to the hammered dulcimer and folk music. Rounding out his musical expression, Cliff studies acoustic guitar, plays the blues harp, and enjoys singing.

For many years, Cliff has presented workshops at dulcimer and folk music festivals, including The Cranberry Dulcimer Gathering, Nutmeg Dulcimer Festival, The Pocono Winter Fest and the French Creek Retreat.

Cliff's first regular dulcimer gig was playing Bluegrass with Steel City Strings in the late '80s. He then founded the folk ensemble DayBreak in 1989, and they are still performing together today. The group has delved into many musical styles including Celtic, Old Time, Bluegrass, American folk, early music and their own original tunes, many of which Cliff created and arranged.

Over the years, Cliff produced six recordings with DayBreak, including Lost Cave, which was recorded live inside Lost River Caverns in Hellertown, PA., and two recordings with his daughter, accomplished vocalist and poet, Emily Rose Cole. Cliff can often be found in the recording studio working on some new, secret project.


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Hammered Dulcimer Workshop Docs:
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Let's Go O'Carolan Lost River Rag
Alternating Bass 2009 HD Percussion Exercises 2015
Rudiment Workshop, Cranberry 2009 Shebeg Shemore
Bridges and Beyond Fanny Poer in G
Percussion Workshop Cranberry 07/22/06 Fanny Poer in A
Notes for Percussion Workshop Two Handed Exercises
Rhythm Workshop - Nutmeg Magic Moment
Damping and Dampers - Nutmeg Late One Night

Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring pdf midi


Nutmeg Dulcimer Festival 2017  
James A. Bland - Oh, Them Golden Slippers  

Pocono Winter Dulcimer Festival 2017
Arpeggio Archipelago_Pocono-2017
Pocono Winter Dulcimer Festival 2016
Mapping the Dulcimer with Scales and Chords pdf word
Hammered Dulcimer Discovery #1:*Basics" pdf word
Opening New Doors pdf word

Nutmeg Dulcimer Festival 2015
Tunes You Know pdf word

Opening New Doors pdf word


Pocono Winter Dulcimer Festival 2015
Percussive Arts Society International Drum Rudiments pdf
Hammered Dulcimer Percussion Exercises pdf
Paradiddles Flams and Why They Matter pdf
Songs That You Already Know pdf

Nutmeg Dulcimer Festival 2014
Arpeggio Archipelago pdf

Drop-Bounce-and-Roll pdf


Greenwood Furnace Folk Gathering 2014
Basic Rudiments and Percussion Techniques pdf doc
Classical Tunes – For Folks Musicians pdf doc
Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring pdf midi
Songs That You Already Know pdf doc

Nutmeg Dulcimer Festival 2013
Dulcimer 102: Mapping PDF MSW

Let's Go O'Carolan (Music of Turlough O'Carolan) PDF MSW

Planxty Fanny Poer midi (Finale [.mus])
Planxty Lord Inchiquin midi
Shebeg Sheemore midi PDF
Southwind midi PDF

HD-Percussion PDF MSW
Exercises midi PDF
Paradiddles, Flams, and Why They Matter PDF MSW
PAS Rudiments PDF

Cranberry Workshops 2013
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Mapping the Dulcimer with Scales and Chords (2013)pdf
Pachelbel's Canon in D pdfmidi
Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring pdfmidi
Largo from Concerto in D Major for Lute - Vivaldi pdfmidi Finale [.mus]

Cranberry Workshops 2011
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Music Theory for the Hammered Dulcimer pdf

Circle of 5ths pdf
Pachelbel's Canon in D pdf midi
Wedding Bells pdf
Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring pdf midi

Pocono Dulcimer Workshops 2011
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Basic Music Theory for the Hammered Dulcimer pdf msword


Pocono Dulcimer Workshops 2010
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Arpeggio Archipeligo pdf msword
Mapping the Dulcimer with Scales and Chords pdf msword
Playing Celtic Music on the Hammered Dulcimerpdf msword

Pocono Dulcimer Workshops 2009
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Alternating Bass 2009 The Blarney Pilgrim
Rudiments Fine Spring Day
Two-Handed Excersize 2 Gravel Walk
Hammered Dulcimer Percussion 2 Magic Moment 2
  The Rights of Man
  The Butterfly

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James Jones, Instrument Maker -

James Jones is a maker of fine hammered dulcimers and an assortment of other musical instruments. Cliff plays one of Mr. Jones instruments on Autumn Calling, An Evening of Christmas Music, Little Steps, and Lost Cave. Check out James Jones website if you are in the market for a new instrument.



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To contact Cliff, for bookings or to order recordings:

Cliff Cole




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