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Oct 21 2010
1 Jerusalem-based multi-instrumentalist Bradley Fish's dulcimer loops on Sony Digital Pictures [link] are popular. Fish became known for using the instrument with an Eastern-influenced style and electronic effects on his 1996 collaboration "The Aquarium Conspiracy" with Sugarcubes/Björk drummer Sigtryggur Baldursson. 11420
2 Brooklyn based folk-pop singer Brittain Ashford uses mountain dulcimer. 11003
3 Jimmy Page 9850
4 Nashville-based David Schnaufer, who recorded with The Judds, Kathy Mattea, Johnny Cash, and Mark O'Connor. Schnaufer was a historian of the instrument and the world's first and only dulcimer professor; he served as Adjunct Associate Professor of Dulcimer at Vanderbilt University's Blair School of Music from 1995 to his death in 2006. 8465
5 Jeff Buckley played a dulcimer in his song Dream Brother featured on his record Grace released in 1994. 8139
6 Cyndi Lauper plays the mountain dulcimer on A Night to Remember - 1989, Sisters of Avalon - 1996, and The Body Acoustic - 2005 6412
7 Joni Mitchell, who played a dulcimer on the 1971 album Blue, and included a dulcimer set in many of her live performances. She is credited with popularizing the instrument outside of US folk music circles in the 1970s. 4339
8 The group Little Big Town used the dulcimer on their second album, The Road to Here. 2195
9 Joe Perry later recorded with a dulcimer on Aerosmith's Get a Grip album (1993). 1541
10 Vivian Campbell of Def Leppard 1085
11 Peter Buck of R.E.M. 1045
12 Patrick Wolf 729
13 Melora Creager of Rasputina plays dulcimer on most albums she records. 144
14 Jean Ritchie 135
15 Nigel Pennick, writer, and artist plays traditional music on mountain dulcimers in various tunings with The Traditional Music of Cambridgeshire Collective. 31
16 Margaret MacArthur, the folk music historian, musician and dulcimer instructor, who introduced the mountain dulcimer to many folk musicians in the 1960s. 20
17 Stephen Seifert of Nashville, recognized as one of the most versatile and talented contemporary dulcimer players. A popular presence at American folk music festivals, Seifert also performs with classical symphonies around the United States. 17
18 David Massengill 14
19 Guitarist John Pearse, an early British enthusiast of the mountain dulcimer. Pearse was one of the first to introduce the dulcimer to English folk clubs in the 1960s. 8
20 Aaron O'Rourke 5
21 Ray Spyker, of [link] plays traditional Appalachian Style. < 5
22 Amanda Barrett of The Ditty Bops is also known to play the dulcimer. < 5
23 Richard Fariña < 5


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