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Dulcimer lessons

I've been teaching hammered dulcimer for over 15 years. Whether you've got a graduate degree in some other instrument or can't read a lick of musical notation, I can help you get further with the instrument. I enjoy teaching beginners just as much as advanced folks, so don't be shy!

Contact me for rates (Starving student discounts), times, and possibilities of renting an instrument.



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Deborah Justice and David Deacon are New York transplants from Southern Pennsylvania. When it came time to name the band, we thought the small country town of Bird-in-Hand, PA evokes a nice combination of traditional folk wisdom and shared regional heritage.

We play music from a mix of acoustic traditions, focusing on American Old-Time, new england repertoire, and Irish music. We sing and we use a range of instruments, including fiddle, banjos, guitar, and hammered dulcimer. 

Have an event -- party, dance, wedding, fund-raiser-- that needs music? Get in touch with us at deborah.ruth.justice (at)!



Deb and Ellie

Deb Justice and Ellie Goud have been playing Celtic music since childhood. The duo performs reels, jigs, and more from Ireland, Scotland, and farther areas of the Celtic diaspora. The dulcimer's light shimmering tones complement the fiddle perfectly to create relaxing, lush atmosphere, or we can provide driving rhythms and powerful harmonies to captivate audiences. For bookings, email deborah.ruth.justice (at)


3/17/2017 Monks, just off the Ithaca Commons, 5-7 pm

The Preachers' Daughters

Featuring Deborah Justice and Rachel Sprinkle, and guests

** Traditional tunes from a variety of acoustic traditions, including American old-time, Irish, Scottish, Quebequois, French, and Swedish musics. **

** Hammered Dulcimers, Bowed Dulcimer, Whistle, Fiddle, Guitar, and more **

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Gypsophilia: Occidentally on Purpose

** We play funky music from Turkey, Greece Yugoslavia, Hungary, Romania, and the Middle East, plus Jewish tunes and originals, with a balance of freedom and refinement, spontaneity and precision, delicacy and raucousness. **

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GYPSOPHILIA and Voces Novae et Antiquae: when we remembered you

** A synthesis of Balkan and Middle Eastern folk musics, Sufi traditions, European chamber music, and Gregorian chant. Developed by Philadephia composer Scott Robinson and inspired by the  Mevlevi ("whirling") dervishes.  **

Link to CD