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Mountain Aires

Mountain Aires

Though it is our choice to not have TV or Internet at the cabin, we do have a little Sony music system. And our music selections include favorites like:

  • The Three Pickers: Earl Scruggs, Doc Watson, and Ricky Skaggs
  • Alison Krauss and Union Station
  • Béla Fleck
  • John Hartford
  • A huge collection of Appalachian Folk Music
  • The Appalachian Picking Society
  • Celtic Woman

While at the Smokey Mountain National Park this summer I picked up several more albums at their gift shop. To our delight one of them, as it turned out, fast became a favorite.

Listen to samples at Amazon

Mountain Aires is a traditional acoustic folk band that started as a group of young home-schooled boys in Wake County, NC. The guys began playing together for fun and family then recorded their first CD in 2008.

When I heard the first song on the album, Old Joe Clark, I was hooked. It’s one of the first songs I learned to play on my Dulcimer. I was just blown away with their sound! It’s toe-tapping music that speaks to one’s soul. It was inspiration …. made me want to practice my Dulcimer more. Their rendition of Be Thou My Vision was so beautiful it brought tears to my eyes. I have to learn to play that for sure.

They have a new Christmas Album out, I ordered it and can’t wait to hear it! Check out their website at: www.mountainairesmusic.com

The Dulcimer

The Dulcimer

This Christmas, Mike surprised me with a Dulcimer he built.

It all started with a crazy Red Neck thing I bought in Bell Buckle, Tennessee while there on a trip last summer. They call it a a CanJo.

It is just a one-string fret board attached to a tin can with the string  running through the can. You tune it to something close to A, then strum with one hand while pressing the frets with your other hand.

That’s wild, huh? Well, I played around with it all summer, which sparked an idea in Mike’s head. He remembered reading in the Foxfire books about building Dulcimers. So he decided to build one.


It has an amazingly beautiful sound and I am so anxious to learn to play it. I can envision many happy hours of strummin’ and (as they say here in the mountains) sangin’ on the cabin porch.

Dang, if we aren’t gettin’ the hang of this mountain life …… and it fits us!