To say that National Hammered Dulcimer Champion Mark Alan Wade is an eclectic performer understates the acoustic explosion of music his concerts ignite. Mark is a headlining performer in concerts and music festivals around the country, where his audiences are drawn into a broad spectrum of emotions that his music evokes. Just after he has fired off a fiddle tune with a frenzied display of technical marvel, his mastery of the subtleties and finesse of Celtic Airs and Chopin Nocturnes will put a tear in your eye. It's not surprising that his 1998 National Contest-winning repertoire included a Celtic ballad, a contemporary piece by Rich Mullins, a Baroque harpsichord solo and, of course, Danny Boy.
Multi-instrumentalist Randy Clepper is in demand as an accomplished player of Irish and other traditional music on Irish bouzouki, fingerstyle acoustic guitar, tenor banjo and hammered dulcimer. Growing up in southeast Tennessee, Randy’s early musical interests covered many styles of music including traditional, folk, pop, rock, jazz, funk and bluegrass. He later developed an interest in traditional Irish music, and an interest in the bouzouki, where both his fingerstyle and flatpicking guitar expertise transferred quickly to his new primary instrument. Randy has performed in traditional music and arts festivals in Ohio, Michigan, West Virginia and Tennessee, and has taught at festivals throughout the U.S.