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A.J. Bashore, Mountain Dulcimer - noizmkr@evenlink.com

Sweet Music, the literal meaning of the name Dulcimer, is what you hear as you listen to the melodic strains A.J. Bashore weave's about on his Appalachian Mountain Dulcimer. The musical genres come from Traditional American, Celtic, Blues, European, Scandinavian and Klezmer sources, in addition to tunes that Alf composes while retaining traditional and World Music flavors. Other instruments A.J. plays regularly include the Octave Mandolin, the Mandolin, the Banjo-Cello, and the Schietholt--sometimes called the Pennsylvania Zither. Bashore is a founding member of two continuing and dynamic dulcimer clubs--Frosty Valley Dulcimer Friends, Danville, PA and Off the Wall Dulcimer Society, Mechanicsburg, PA. The performances of A.J. Bashore II have been called "delightful" and "refreshing." Annually he performs in the Spring at the PP & L's Montour Preserve outside of Washingtonville, PA. For the past five years Alf has been selected to perform in the Ole Bull Awards Concert at Lincoln Center in NYC. He has offered dulcimer workshops on many topics at dulcimer festivals and dulcimer clubs throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Southern New England states for the past 15 years. Since Alf loves to "make a joyful noise," he calls himself "The Noise Maker."

A.J. joins DayBreak on LOST CAVE!


Alf Bashore
Ask about A.J. Bashore's
first recording,

Read about "Hands" and hear
some samples on CD Baby.

John Kovac, Harpmaker - www.johnkovac.com

We first got to know John at the Kutztown Pennsylvania German Folk Festival where he sets up shop for a week each summer. John makes Paraquayan-style harps and harp kits in his woodshop in Front Royal, Virginia. I bought John's harp plan, video and a couple of hardware kits and made two harps including the one you can hear on Little Steps, "Late One Night."

John also has many recordings of his own. He recently published a book on making instruments, including a harp, from PVC plumbing pipe. Anna Lisa, Trudy, and Lydia helped out on the CD that accompanies the book by playing some tunes on their PVC violin and cello. Check it out on John's website. - Rob


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James Jones, Instrument Maker - www.jamesjonesinstruments.com

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, and Little Steps. Check out James Jones website if you are in the market for a new instrument.


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Unsafe At Any Speed - www.bucksfolk.org/members/unsafe.htm

Unsafe At Any Speed is a mixed quartet composed of three men and one woman. Dick, Helen, Pete, and Bert have been involved in folk music since the early sixties and have been playing as a group since 1991. Unsafe plays an eclectic mix of folk, country, bluegrass, and gospel music accompanied primarily on six-string acoustic guitar, five-string banjo, mandolin, and miscellaneous special effects. To find out more, click on the link above.




Quakertown Area Dulcimer & Autoharp Society
Quakertown Area Dulcimer & Autoharp Society
This is our local hammered dulcimer, mountain dulcimer, and autoharp club. DayBreak sponsors the society's website. The society has monthly instructional sessions and music jams. Click here for more info.



Perkasie Mennonite MeetinghousePerkasie Patchwork Coffeehouse - www.perkmenno.net/coffeehouse/
We may not have music every night but when we do we have the best!




Kutztown Folk Music Society - www.kfms.org



bcfs_logoBucks County Folk Song Society - www.bucksfolk.org
Dedicated to furthering the interest and appreciation of folk music through education, research, and participation; familiarizing the people of southeastern Pennsylvania with authentic folk art; and providing a meeting place for those with a common interest in folk music.



Godfrey Daniels logoGodfrey Daniels - www.godfreydaniels.org
A not-for-profit, member supported listening club in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.




Lost River Caverns - www.lostcave.com
One of our local natural wonders where we happily recorded LOST CAVE. Read the story here.



Troyer's Country Amish Blatz - www.troyerscountryamishblatz.com
This is Rob's sister's store in Fairview, North Carolina. It's a fantastic country store with a great atmosphere.







MorningStar logoMorningStar Studios - www.morningstarstudios.com
MorningStar is the Grammy® Award-winning studio where DayBreak recorded Little Steps, Unity, and portions of Autumn Calling.