Making Unforgettable Music

WHO IS SAM?

Sam Edelston is an entertainer with many facets. In recent years, he has been pushing the creative boundaries of the mountain dulcimer. But beyond that, he also performs on guitar, banjo, and hammered dulcimer, and most people would agree that he sings, too. He does songs that span the rock & roll era and decades before that, plus original songs, funny songs, shout-alongs, and more. (Learn more on the About Sam page.)

 

Sam also chairs the Nutmeg Dulcimer Festival, in Milford, Connecticut. Mark your calendar for Friday-Saturday, October 19-20, 2018, and sign up to get more details at www.NutmegDulcimer.com

Sam is on a mission: "I believe that dulcimers are among the world's coolest musical instruments. The general public deserves to know dulcimers the way it knows guitars and pianos."

"WHOLE LOTTA LOVE" VIDEO GETS 250,000th VIEW

On August 15, 2016, Sam's video of the Led Zeppelin classic, Whole Lotta Love, on electric dulcimer, got its 250,000th view. If you exclude renowned artists like Joni Mitchell, Cyndi Lauper, and the Rolling Stones, only about a half dozen other mountain dulcimer videos have more views. 

SAM FEATURED IN 5 CONNECTICUT NEWSPAPERS

Sam was featured in the Sunday, December 25, 2016 edition of the Connecticut Post and its four sister newspapers.

 

http://www.ctpost.com/living/article/Greenwich-musician-wants-to-put-dulcimers-on-the-10814432.php#photo-12087673

Upcoming gigs

Thurs-Sat, November 9-11, 2017

New England Regional Folk Alliance conference (NERFA)

Stamford, CT

http://www.nerfa.org/

Several "guerrilla" showcases. (Open to attendees only.)

Thursday 11:30PM

Thursday latenight 1:00AM

Friday 4:00PM

Friday latenight 2:30AM

Saturday 3:30PM

And also mentoring on mountain dulcimer. (Sign up on the conference website.)

 

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Perkasie Patchwork Coffeehouse

Perkasie, PA (Bucks County)

http://www.PerkMenno.net/coffeehouse/

Opening for Daybreak

 

Friday-Sunday, March 2-4, 2018

Mountain Dulcimer Music Festival

Dulcimer Association of Albany (NY)

Latham, NY

http://www.dulcimerassociationofalbany.com

I'll be leading the popular Folk Revival Jam, plus two workshops to widen the musical horizons of less experienced players:

  >> Getting More Comfortable (Beginners)

  >> Barriers to Progress (Novices)

Featured performers will be Sue Carpenter and Susan Trump.

 

Thursday-Sunday, March 8-11, 2018

Lagniappe Dulcimer Fête

Port Allen, LA

http://lagniappedulcimerbr.org/fete-2018-info.html

Featured instructor/performer, along with Linda Brockinton, Erin Mae, Steve Seifert, Rick Thum, and others. Also teaching 7 workshops and leading a jam. Excited to be performing so far south for the first time!

 

Friday-Saturday, October 19-20, 2018

Nutmeg Dulcimer Festival

Milford, CT

www.NutmegDulcimer.com

Our 15th year!

WHAT OTHER PEOPLE SAY

"Displaying a frightening amount of rock mojo for a guy who seems fairly quiet and unassuming, Edelston used his amplified three-string mountain dulcimer to roar his way through ‘Whole Lotta Love’ without so much as breaking a sweat. After watching this, we’re ready to jump in a van and follow Edelston around on tour."

-- UltimateClassicRock.com 

 

"'You can't do that on a dulcimer!' Well, maybe you can't but Sam Edelston can. Sam has taken the mountain dulcimer from its backwoods Appalachian origins to places most players never dreamed of. From Sousa to Sinatra to Led Zeppelin. His instruments range from the traditional diatonic 3-string to a fully chromatic electric with wah-wah pedal. Sam is a brilliant and innovative player, and no slouch on the guitar either."

-- The Folk Project

 

"Wow. Beautiful version."

-- Chris Frantz. Talking Heads drummer, commenting on Sam's cover of Psycho Killer

 

"Connecticut resident Sam Edelston is a dulcimer wizard who has used the old-time instrument to cover classic rock songs in the past. We're in awe of one of his most recent covers as he does a bang-up job of tackling Led Zeppelin's 'Whole Lotta Love.'"

-- jambase.com

 

"This is one of the 5 coolest things I've ever seen/heard on dulcimer ... and the other 4 were all with Sam as well!"

-- Dulcimer master Tull Glazener, after seeing a video of Sam performing "I Can See Clearly Now" with Nicki Parrott's jazz trio.

 

"With his complex layered arrangements of so many genres of music for the dulcimer, Sam has added a huge chapter to the development of the mountain dulcimer as a versatile and ever growing musical American folk instrument."

-- Dulcimer legend Joellen Lapidus, writing at Folkworks.org

 

"I've never heard a dulcimer sound so much like a guitar before."

-- Jose Feliciano. 

 

"Rosie's daddy came in and sang to us today. He was so much fun. Can he be my daddy, too?"

-- Rebecca, age 4