Rick Thum, Hammered Dulcimer
Ranked as the most influential dulcimer player of the last decade by readers of Dulcimer Players News, Rick Thum has made his mark on every aspect of the hammered dulcimer world. Rick is perhaps best known for his festival performances, which have regularly earned him the "Most popular performer" title at the largest national dulcimer festivals. He brings a combination of passion and friendly accessibility to his teaching that makes his workshops and master classes favorites at festivals across the country, and he has tapped his teaching experience to produce the best-selling instructional CD series for hammered dulcimer, the "Original Song of the Moth Club". Rick is also the designer of the highly regarded "Professional" hammered dulcimer bearing his name. Yet for all his time in the studio, in the classroom, and in the luthier's shop, Rick is most at home at the late-night jam session, where you might even find him playing an instrument other than hammered dulcimer from time to time. Rick taught himself how to play guitar and drums at the age of 12, and played the trumpet in his high school band. Throughout high school and college (B.S. in Industrial Administration) Rick played in rock bands, eventually playing on the upper deck of the Admiral in St. Louis. While raising his family he directed his church choir. Rick's interest in traditional music sparked when he bought a hammered dulcimer on a whim and found himself in a three piece folk band. In 1991 Rick became co-owner of a large midwestern acoustic instrument shop. In 1994 he sold his interest in the shop to devote more time being a traveling musician. He placed 1st at the Southwest Regional Dulcimer Contest and 3rd in the 1995 National Championship in Winfield, Kansas, and was voted "Best Performer" and "Favorite Teacher" several years running at the prestigious Evart Dulcimer Festival..
Find out more about Rick and what he's up to at: http://rthum.com