Ellen S. Pratt has been playing dulcimer for twenty-three years. She began writing her own music in 2004 and has performed at numerous open mics and taught at festivals throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states. Ellen’s style of playing is a mix of traditional and contemporary. She enjoys the hard, fast strumming of old-time music and jam tunes with both the dulcimer and banjo but also enjoys the quieter, more contemporary chord melody style with fingerpicking on dulcimer. For more information about Ellen, click here.
Around 2004, I started composing pieces for dulcimer with four equidistant strings. After joining a dulcimer orchestra in Northeast Connecticut, I began writing and arranging ensemble pieces. To date, I have written ten volumes of dulcimer tablature for ensemble groups and one compilation volume for the First National Dulcimer Orchestra.
There's also an artistic side. I love to create Appalachian Crankies! I also hand color black and white photographs, design and fuse dichroic glass jewelry, beaded jewelry, and make folksy crafts with a dulcimer theme, sew, and paint.