Lorinda Jones grew up in the small town of Tompkinsville, Ky., alongside the knobs of the Cumberland plateau. She was fortunate enough to be surrounded by old-time, gospel, shape-note and bluegrass music, and even classical music, which she pursued on piano and oboe. But it was when she met the “friendly cardboard dulcimer” as an adult music educator and began teaching and sharing traditional music that she felt she had “come back home” to her roots. Lorinda has taught the dulcimer in schools and at festivals across the country and is one of the few music therapists to have developed approaches to using the dulcimer in a therapeutic setting. She has been a pioneer of both the dulcimer and folk harp in Ky., having formed the Heartland Dulcimer Club, annual HDC Festival and Heartland Harp Ensemble.
Her current passion for sharing the ancient music of Ireland can be heard in the recordings and performances of na Skylark, an all-female trio specializing in the traditional music of Ireland performed on traditional instruments including harp, fiddle, pipes, voice, flutes and whistles. Their recording, Old Ceol, has been played on numerous radio and podcasts featuring the best of Celtic music.
Minimal Technical Requirements
Minimum stage size: 6 feet x 6 feet
Lighting: low to medium