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From 2005-2016, the Sound Archives Fellowship program supported both the scholarly use of Berea's non-commercial audio / video collections and the conducting of cultural documentation projects that produced new material for future research use.
Phyllis Gaskins of Elkton (Rockingham County), Virginia, specializes in the old Galax, Virginia, string band, fiddle-based dulcimer style that she learned to play over 30 years ago from her mentor, Raymond Melton The style goes back in the Melton family to the middle of the 1800s and is quite similar to that of many older West Virginia dulcimer players.
Ashville, North Carolina based Don Pedi plays traditional southern Appalachian dance music. However, rather than chording behind another instrument, or playing a de-boned version of the melody, his dulcimer can be the lead or solo instrument on the most elaborate tune, while making more than enough of a syncopated kick for the music to be danceable.
Fourteen dulcimers from the Appalachian Teaching Collection in the Loyal Jones Appalachian Center at Berea College, with information about their makers, based on the exhibit curated by Student Nathan Kouris in 2012.