Sweet Mountain Dulcimer


By Jim Hornsby

With their new CD, Sweet Mountain Dulcimer, Denise Gartin and Diana Coss transport us back to another time; a time when our country was young and entertainment was, to paraphrase Mike Seeger, a personal accomplishment rather than a commercial purchase. The music is a mixture of beautiful folk ballads and sacred songs performed in solo and duet renditions as they would likely have been heard at family gatherings and community events in early American settlements.

Denise and Diana are both remarkably talented musicians. Denise studied dulcimer with David Schnaufer at Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music, and her skill and dedication to the instrument are apparent. Diana has a Masters Degree in Music from Washington University, teaches singing, and performs regularly with the Memphis Opera Chorus.

They first recorded together in 2010 for a project entitled Music in Middle Tennessee 1780–1800, a production featuring many talented musicians who donated their time and talents to benefit historic homes in the Middle Tennessee area. The ladies enjoyed the experience so much they went on to produce this lovely CD, and we sincerely hope that they will keep up the good work. The combination of dulcimer and voice is sweet music indeed.


Cuts from Sweet Mountain Dulcimer:

Scarborough Fair  (Solo by Denise Gartin)

Johnny Has Gone For A Soldier (Solo by Diana Coss)

Black Is The Color Of My True Love’s Hair (Duet by Denise and Diana)


To learn more about the music and how to order the CD, visit www.dianacoss.net.



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