Linda Thomas (Hammered Dulcimer/Keyboards/Vocals) and Dan DeLancey (Flatpick Guitar/Vocals) knew they had a special style when they began playing instrumental music over 25 years ago; since then they have taken their music throughout the U.S. and Europe. Whether adapting Appalachian and Celtic fiddle tunes to their instruments or adding their close vocal harmonies to well-known bluegrass and old-time standards, this group has become a favorite at music camps and festivals. Walt Michael says, “They perform with an ease which belies the difficulty of mastering such intricate and wide-ranging music.”
Linda holds a degree in Music Education and a Master of Arts in Teaching; her workshops are offered in many locations, including the Ozark Folk Center in Mountain View, AR and Davis and Elkins College, Elkins, WV. Linda’s instructional materials for Hammered Dulcimer are published by Mel Bay Publications, Inc.
Dan has been playing guitar a great part of his life with earliest influence from the recordings of Doc Watson. Dan’s achievements include many contest titles in the flatpick style. Dan was profiled by Flatpicking Guitar Magazine (Nov/Dec 1997 and July/Aug 2001); in addition, FGM has featured one of Dan’s many arrangements on their Flatpicking ’98 CD. Dan Miller, FGM editor, calls Dan “a master arranger”.
Completing the Thomas/DeLancey trio is Ronnie DeLancey on bass; whether playing acoustic upright of electric bass, Ronnie’s subtle style and impeccable timing contribute a solid foundation for the group. Ronnie is a former member of the nationally known bluegrass band, Last Kansas Exit.
Joining the Trio in Winfield this year will be Scott Tichenor on mandolin; his performance on mandolin is characterized by a unique tone quality and smooth style. Scott is certainly no stranger at the Walnut Valley Festival, having appeared in 1987 with Last Kansas Exit. Scott is also widely recognized for his popular website (Mandolincafe.com).