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Resources for Episode #010: Howard Rugg: Master Luthier of CapriTaurus and Early Folk Roots Dulcimers

Howard Rugg

Listen Now (Duration 32 min.)

Howard Rugg is the master luthier behind the well-known CapriTaurus and early Folk Roots Dulcimers. The thousands of dulcimers built in his workshop are being played all over the world by amateur to accomplished musicians. Howard has recently started making dulcimers again under the name CapriTaurus. With commentary by Lance Frodsham and Laura Devine Burnett. All the music in this episode was played on dulcimers created in Howard’s workshop.

Guest:
Howard Rugg

Music:
• Breton Lullaby performed by Neal Hellman and William Coulter Live
• March of The Kings of Laois performed by Peter Tommerup and Karl Franzen from the CD Along Celtic Lines (2004)
• Wayfaring Stranger performed by Laura Devine Burnett and Bob Burnett Personal recording
• Untitled performed by Michael Rugg Live
• Arthur McBride/Fairflower of Northumberland performed by Dan Eyde
• An Comhra Donn/Byrne's Hornpipe performed by Peter Tommerup and Karl Franzen from the CD Along Celtic Lines (2004)
• Gabhaim Molta Bride/Breton Tune performed by Neal Hellman and William Coulter Live
• Dulcimania performed by Dan Eyde

 


Videos & Photos

 

Neal Hellman and Dan Eyde testing a 2013 CapriTaurus dulcimer

 

Michael Rugg and Peter Tommerup playing their CapriTaurus dulcimers

 

Howard Rugg bending dulcimer sides

 

Wayne Jiang playing Morning Has Broken on his 2014 custom CapriTaurus dulcimer

 

Howard Rugg and Michael Rugg 1969

Howard Rugg and Michael Rugg 1969

 



Howard Rugg in an early 70s Folk Roots Dulcimer catalog

Howard Rugg in an early 1970s Folk Roots Dulcimers catalog

 

Howard Rugg, Michael Rugg and Steve Jackel with CapriTaurus crew, early 1970s

Howard Rugg, Michael Rugg and Steve Jackel with CapriTaurus crew, early 1970s

 

Howard Rugg and Steve Jackel 1976

Howard Rugg and Steve Jackel 1976

 

Folk Roots Dulcimer ad, from an early 1980s catalog

Folk Roots Dulcimers ad from an early 1980s catalog

 

Page 1 from the CapriTaurus 1974 Fall catalog

Page 1 from the CapriTaurus 1974 Fall catalog

 

 

 

Howard Rugg, mid-1980s with a Folk Roots custom teardrop 6 string. Howard Rugg in 2015 with a short scale CapriTaurus dulcimer.

Left: Howard Rugg, mid-1980s with a Folk Roots custom teardrop 6 string. Right: Howard Rugg in 2015 with a short scale CapriTaurus dulcimer.

 

 

Howard Rugg, 2014

Howard Rugg, 2014

Howard Rugg on the Hearts of the Dulcimer DVD disc

Howard Rugg on the Hearts of the Dulcimer DVD disc

 

Howard Rugg with his Hummel Dulcimer prototype

Howard Rugg with his Hummel Dulcimer prototype

 

Laura Devine Burnett with her custom 2014 Angel CapriTaurus dulcimer

Laura Devine Burnett with her custom 2014 Angel CapriTaurus dulcimer

 

Wayne Jiang, Howard Rugg, and Patricia Delich at one of the Hearts of the Dulcimer screenings in Pacifica, CA (2013)

Wayne Jiang, Howard Rugg, and Patricia Delich at one of the Hearts of the Dulcimer screenings in Pacifica, CA (2013)

 

Howard Rugg and Wayne Jiang with Wayne's 1970 and 2014 CapriTaurus dulcimers

Howard Rugg and Wayne Jiang with Wayne's 1970 and 2014 CapriTaurus dulcimers

 



Howard Rugg and Patricia Delich with Patricia's 2014 "Lil' Sweetheart" CapriTaurus dulcimer

Howard Rugg and Patricia Delich with Patricia's 2014 "Lil' Sweetheart" CapriTaurus dulcimer

 

 



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