Sucess Stories

I am married and live in Bath with my partner Sue and adopted daughter. I have a snowboarding son who lives in Vancouver and works in marketing. During my instrument making career I have made more than 500 instruments, mostly of the Hammered Dulcimer type. I have had 8 different workshop spaces. and am currently installed at The Welsh Mill, Frome. Among the many dulcimer clients I have had, are a few note-worthy! Listed in order of my Random memory! Peter Gabriel, that one always looms quite high! Greg Knowles - Percussionist and Composer, Anna Calvi band's (Twice Mercury award nominated)! multi-instrumentalist - Mally Harpaz. Charlie Winston's Ben Edwards, see Ben playing a Dulcimer introduction to a stadium gig. Dr. Colin Heuhns and Royal Academy of Music. National Trust (Aeolian Harp). Dizzi Dulcimer - Dulcimerist and Composer . Joy Smith - Harpist - played Dulcimer with Paul Hartnol (one half of Orbital), Rob Lane TV and film Composer with a huge array of awards including a BAFTA and several Ivor Noelle's Etc., Royal Danish Theatre, they used it in Cabaret, National Theatre Scotland, Old Vic Bristol, Hetty Feather Live, The Bedouin Shakespeare Company and many more. Most of the clients though are just people with an interest in this remarkable and inspiring instrument with a fascinating history that spans from Ethnic via Gypsy to High Art and back again! One further note. I have also made quite a number of Aeolian Harps including one for the Acoustics Research Centre in Salford and a 2 meter long one for the National Trust which I installed in late summer 2014 at Claife viewing station overlooking lake Windermere. Christmas day 2014 BBC 4 screened Royal Opera House live recording of The Royal Ballets 'The Winter Tale' in which a Dulcimer/Cimbalom hybrid Greg Knowles and I created takes centre stage for quite a hefty chunk of the 2 1/2 hour-ish piece.

I love hearing Richie Havens singing to my instrument!

Heading Text

Hover your mouse over the image opposite to show the image toolbar. Image Settings lets you choose an image from your library, or upload a new one, and change related settings. On this block the image will size automatically based on the height of this content, filling the available space.

I love hearing Richie Havens singing to my instrument!

I was running Dulcimer playing workshops one year at Womad and I met Peter Gabriel's colaborator and producer Richard Evans. He called up some time later and asked me to take some instruments over to Real World. I got to see the writing room and later we got invited to a live recording of Shiv Khumar Sharma.