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Songs of Life Love & Laughter[CD]
Shelley Stevens has been playing music for most of her life. She began piano lessons when she was 6 years old and progressed to classical finger style guitar when she was in college in the 60's. Shelley was introduced to the Appalachian lap dulcimer in 1984 and has been in love with the instrument ever since. She has arranged music of many styles to the instrument and has taught workshops at festivals in the Eastern US including Appalachian State University at Boone, NC, Morehead University at Morehead, KY, Shady Grove Dulcimer Camp at Urbana University in Urbana, OH and at Heritage Dulcimer Camp in Kansas City, MO. Shelley also teaches all levels privately. Life, Love and Laughter is Shelley's first SOLO album after 20 years and 10 albums with Sweetwater a female folk trio from Ohio. Shelley delights in playing music from all genres on the mountain dulcimer, an instrument usually associated with traditional and old time music. This album includes music from Classical to Country & Ragtime to Rock as well as music to tickle your funny-bone! This is an enhanced album which contains photos and links to Shelley's web site and email as well as mountain dulcimer tablature for 'Dill Pickle Rag'. Shelley's first dulcimer tablature book 'O'Carolan Harp Tunes for the Mountain Dulcimer' was published by Mel Bay Publications in 1993 and she has published other books through Tweetwater Productions. Among these are 'The Three String Orchestra Volumes I and II' dulcimer books of all classical music arrangements and 'The Baker's Dozen' a series of dulcimer tablature books. In 1998 her book 'Stephen Foster for the Mountain Dulcimer' was published by Mel Bay Publications. Shelley was also included in Mel Bay's '2000 Dulcimer' compendium and Susan Trump's 'Masters of the Mountain Dulcimer Volume 2'. As well as doing lead and harmony vocals, Shelley plays several instruments with SWEETWATER including the mountain dulcimer, stand-up bass and guitar. Shelley also performs as a solo artist and with other bands.
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