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Photo of Michael Rugg MICHAEL RUGG was one of the primary people responsible for the dulcimer boom in California and was one of the top dulcimer players in the 1970s and 1980s. He co-founded CapriTaurus and Folk Roots Dulcimers with his brother Howard Rugg. Many people purchased their first dulcimer from Michael at the Renaissance Faires.


Photo of Howard Rugg HOWARD RUGG was one of the premiere dulcimer builders in California during the 1970s and 1980s. He co-founded CapriTaurus and Folk Roots Dulcimers with his brother Michael Rugg. With his mastery of woodworking, Howard turned a small shop in the Santa Cruz Mountains into one of the largest dulcimer-making businesses in the world.


Photo of Joellen Lapidus JOELLEN LAPIDUS is one of the pioneers of contemporary mountain dulcimer playing, songwriting, and instrument construction. She introduced the dulcimer to Joni Mitchell and made three instruments for her between 1968 and 1976. Joellen builds dulcimers and teaches in West Los Angeles.


Photo of Neal Hellman NEAL HELLMAN is a nationally acclaimed performer and teacher of the mountain dulcimer. He has been active in performing, writing, teaching, and recording acoustic music for the past 30 years. Neal is founder, director, and one of the primary artists on the Gourd Music record label.



Ron Beardslee
Laura Devine Burnett
Bonnie Carol
Albert d’Ossch√©
Patricia Delich
Robert Force
Paul Furnas
Bill Haines
Gary Horsman
Janet Herman

Stephen Jackel
Lucy Long
Cyndi Menzel
Joni Mitchell
Aaron O’Rourke
Steve Palazzo
Jean Ritchie
Peter Tommerup
Wendy Treat

Photo of Filmmakers Patricia Delich & Wayne Jiang Patricia Delich and Wayne Jiang are a husband-and-wife team who met playing the mountain dulcimer. They turned their love of the dulcimer into Hearts of the Dulcimer, their first film. Hearts of the Dulcimer was written, directed, and produced by Patricia and Wayne.

PATRICIA DELICH holds a doctoral degree in educational technology, and has directed and produced several educational videos. Patricia has played dulcimer since the mid-1970s. Her duties included production sound, second camera, sound design, and editing.

WAYNE JIANG is an accomplished fine artist and designer, having won several awards for his work. Wayne plays dulcimer as well as many other stringed instruments. His duties included director of cinematography, main camera, and editing.