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Phyllis Gaskins
Phyllis specializes in the “Galax Noter/Drone Style Dulcimer” she learned to play over 40 years ago from Galax dulcimer player and maker Raymond Melton. This style goes back in Raymond’s family and music community to the middle of the 1800s. Born and raised in the foothills of the Virginia Blue Ridge Mountains, Phyllis learned mountain-style singing from her grandmother and mother. She has won numerous dulcimer competitions and was recognized as a 2010-11 and 2018-2019 “Virginia Master Folk Artist” by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. Since retiring from 39 years of teaching elementary school, she has focused on finishing The Galax Dulcimer Book. Since 1989 Phyllis has been assisted in her workshops and performances by her husband, Jim Gaskins, who has been an exponent of traditional music and its history since the early 1970s. Together, the Gaskins were the 2013 recipients of the Highland County Fiddlers Convention “Recognition of Devotion to Old Time Music” award. Check out for more about Phyllis.

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