Donna Traylor is the band leader. A classically trained pianist, she plays Hammered Dulcimer and Celtic Harp for the Band.
Don Traylor, is married to Donna, and plays Mountain Dulcimer, Banjammer, Bodhran and Tin Whistle
George Nixon, is a Hammered Dulcimer Instructor and plays Hammered Dulcimer, Irish Bouzouki, Bodhran, and Bowed Psaltery.
Bob Taylor is a veteran of several rock bands and is a stringed instrument craftsman. He plays four and five string Electric Bass, Hammered Dulcimer and Cello.
Lew Shafer is a vocalist and plays six and twelve string Guitar, Mandolin, Banjo and Ukulele.
The Skylands Dulcimer String Band was formed during a meeting of the Rockaway Dulcimer Club, organized by George Nixon in September of 2015. The club was asked to provide an ensemble to play at a benefit event and shortly afterward started getting other performances.
The Band has played at the New Jersey State Fairgrounds, at various charitable and benefit concerts, Waterloo Village, Lusscroft Farm and the Foster-Armstrong House.
Beginning as an acoustic Folk/Celtic group, the Skylands Dulcimer String Band plays a mix of traditional, folk, Celtic, popular and seasonal music. So, you may hear a piece by Bach followed by a Lennon/McCartney tune, then hear a piece by Turlough O'Carolan. Switching instruments produces different combinations of sounds that resonate with the music being played.
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Skylands Dulcimer String Band is available for cocktail hours, fundraisers, concerts, and house parties. We provide pleasant background music for weddings, dinners, and open houses.