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As both a musician and dulcimer maker I make dulcimers that meet my own demanding requirements as a player.

I strive to combine the elements of traditional dulcimer making with the techniques of modern lutherie to make a beautiful, responsive dulcimer that is a pleasure to play

Dulcimer by dulcimer builder Doug Berch

You can learn more about my dulcimers on my “Dulcimers” page.

Doug Berch - dulcimer builders and player

I have been performing, teaching and making dulcimers since the mid 1970’s. During the 1980’s I toured throughout the United States and performed at many folk festivals, dulcimer festivals and concert venues. I recorded two records (Yes, records, the big round flat black vinyl things) for Kicking Mule Records.

In 1983 I took first place in both the National Hammered Dulcimer Championship and the National Mountain Dulcimer Championship in Winfield, Kansas.

In the early 1990’s I recorded two cassettes (more antiquated technology, is there a theme here?) with one featuring a tune I composed on hammered dulcimer called “Ocean of Wisdom” that has been performed and recorded by several other hammered dulcimer players. My work appears on dozens of albums and soundtracks as a support musician.

I performed, recorded and toured with the Celtic ensemble Colcannon for 10 years. I taught at The Swallow Hill School of Music in Denver, Colorado for 10 years.

I took a long break from performing and making instruments full-time.  During this time I was pursuing other interests.  I  also worked at Elderly Instruments in Lansing, Michigan for about 12 years.

Musically I am inspired by the traditional music of the world, the rock and roll I grew up with and anything else that comes along.

 

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