Dulcimer Mike is a Philadelphia-based hammered dulcimer player offering professional, friendly, and top quality dulcimering skills for events, shows, and happenings of all kinds! An author of original music and a lover of traditional folk, his unique dulcimer stylings are based in celtic, americana, and new age influences. His career has featured inclusion into an eclectic array of bands and recordings, and has taken him to play for (and even host) a myraid of events of all types of sizes.
His original music is dreamy, emotional, and captivating, inspired by celtic reels, prog rock epics, and bluesy fingerpickin, it is firmly rooted in the journey of experiencing and enjoying life.
Price Range: Contact for rates
Gig Length: 30 - 120 minutes
What to Expect
The hammered dulcimer is what happens when a harp, piano, & acoustic guitar all come together. With it's unforgettable, epic, and mesmerizing melodies, the hammered dulcimer is an enchanting addition to any occasion! Dulcimer Mike is a dulcimer player with 13 years of experience and counting ready to add the unique ring of his instrument to events of all kinds! Dulcimer Mike specializes in celtic, americana, and new age styles, but is able and open to take requests of just about any song(s) your heart desires. Listeners often describe Dulcimer Mike's playing as enchanting and enthralling, even healing, and it lends itself to a myriad of events from weddings, fairs, yoga classes, block parties, and galleries!
Mike Romano has been hammerin' away at the dulcimer since he was a lad of 17. His first experience with dulcimer came as a majestic surprise when he saw one as a kid at a folk festival at French Creek, set in the rolling hills of PA. Right then and there, he knew he had a calling. Ever since he began playing, the hammered dulcimer has been his musical partner in his adventures through life, journeying through swampy lows, mountainous highs, and thundering skies ringing with the vibrancy of all 64 strings playing the songs that became a soundtrack to his life. Through the years he's played solo and with bands of all shades and genres, never forgetting the Celtic and folk roots of his dulcimer playing, and deeply loving the intuitive art of his composition of music for solo dulcimer.
Dulcimer Mike's career has led him to play at all kinds of events, including block parties, weddings, farmers markets, craft fairs, gallery openings, conventions, theatrical productions, birthday parties, holiday gatherings, and festivals. He has made appearances all over the Delaware Valley at venues such as World Cafe Live, Penn's Landing, Atlantic City Convention Center, Rutgers University (Camden), and in Portland, OR at the Hawthorne Theatre. He has appeared on the recordings of numerous artists (most recently Philly's "A Fistful of Sugar"), and has played with a plethora of bands, his current membership being with Philly's psycho-celtic glam-blues band Sylvia Platypus!
Dulcimer Mike has hosted several open mic and music events, one at a coffeehouse in South Jersey, and then at a few different venues while living in Portland, Oregon! Currently he hosts a Song and Poetry share every third Sunday in West Philadelphia.
Most recently, Dulcimer Mike and Sylvia's bassist Ruchama Bilenky have initiated a dulcimer-bass duo project, which marries the resonance of the hammered dulcimer with the smooth voice of the electric bass, producing satisfying sounds of evocative and deep melodic tones. Recordings to come soon.
Additional Booking Notes
Required equipment depends on venue and type of event. The hammered dulcimer can be a loud instrument in some settings and can sound quiet in others. Dulcimer Mike generally is amplified via transducer or mic placed under the instrument.
|Mike Romano||Hammered Dulcimer player|
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