David Moran and Joe Morgan
are a hammered dulcimer & guitar duo rapidly taking
the world by storm (they think). They teamed up in 1995
and the world of hammered dulcimer and guitar music has
never been the same. While both are well versed in the traditional
fiddle tunes that many associate with the hammered dulcimer,
they have expanded their musical vision to include music
from a variety of sources. Tunes from around the world,
original compositions, hymns and gospel tunes, contemporary
popular music and the occasional a cappella duet are all
included in their repertoire. This diversity has been well
received by the dulcimer world. As a result, David and Joe
are featured performers andinstructors at festivals from
coast to coast.
won the National Hammered Dulcimer Competition at Winfield
Kansas when he was only fifteen. He is much, much older
now, and probably wiser, too, but people seem to enjoy his
playing anyway. He is considered a true innovator on the
instrument and is highly regarded as both a performer and
instructor. Originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma, David moved
to Texas several years ago to pursue a graduate degree in
music from the University of North Texas. He currently resides
in Richardson with his wife and son and continues to be
the busiest hammered dulcimer teacher in the Dallas/Ft.
has played the guitar since he was a child, and he still
maintains that childlike ability to look at the world with
new eyes, see the beauty in all things, and burn stuff with
a magnifying glass. While in college he heard his first
Doc Watson recording and was hooked on flatpicking and traditional
guitar styles. While also proficient on banjo, mandolin,
hammered dulcimer and other instruments, he primarily considers
himself a guitar player. Joe and his wife reside in Irving.
He is actively involved in the Lone Star State Dulcimer
Society and is a co-organizer of the Winter Festival of
Acoustic Music, which is held each February in Irving.
When they perform together, their music is virtually impossible
That's probably a good thing.
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