Lisa & Heather Malyuk
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Lisa & Heather Malyuk

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Summer's End (2004)
Stella (2005)
13 Tunes (2007)



Young musicians Lisa & Heather Malyuk are celebrated performing artists in northeast Ohio and abroad. Their charming performances feature an articulate hammered dulcimer coupled with inventive guitar playing and are spiked with dynamic fiddle and banjo-uke sets. Both girls’ musical maturity and ingenuity bring their repertoire of eclectic folk tunes to life.

Lisa & Heather were both home schooled from kindergarten through high-school which allowed them to focus their creative abilities on music and the performing arts. Both girls were introduced to the piano at age 4. A few years later, Lisa began taking flute lessons and Heather began her study of the violin. After some time, Lisa became discontent with the classical scene and had the opportunity to purchase a hammered dulcimer. The instrument that was bought on a whim became the joy of her musical career. Lisa began taking lessons from hammered dulcimer virtuoso, Tina Bergmann, and quickly developed into a proficient player. It was not long before Heather purchased a guitar in order to collaborate with Lisa in folk music. Heather took guitar lessons from Tina Bergmann, as well, and joint lessons under Tina’s guidance encouraged the girls to explore and develop their take on traditional folk tunes. While Lisa has shifted her entire focus to music on the hammered dulcimer, Appalachian dulcimer and banjo-uke, Heather has continued to progress on violin, guitar, fiddle and nyckelharpa. As well as staying occupied with their busy performance and teaching schedules, Lisa & Heather also pursue lives outside of music. Lisa is a community outreach dietitian for the Akron General Health & Wellness Centers and Heather is pursuing her Master’s & Doctoral degrees in Audiology.

Lisa & Heather have independently recorded and produced three albums, “13 Tunes”, “Summer’s End” and “Stella”.

Lisa & Heather can be seen and heard at numerous music venues, art galleries, coffee houses, wineries, farmers’ markets, festivals and other cultural events throughout northeast Ohio and abroad. In 2005, Lisa & Heather had the pleasure of appearing on the Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour in Lexington, Kentucky, and were privileged to participate in the first annual Causeway Dulcimer Festival in Bushmills, Northern Ireland. Lisa placed first in the Mid-Eastern Regional Hammered Dulcimer Competition in May 2006 and went on to place fourth in the National Hammered Dulcimer Championships in Winfield, Kansas in September 2006. Lisa & Heather were awarded the Student Teaching Scholarship for the Upper Potomac Dulcimer Festival in 2007 and in 2008 were pleased to be featured artists at the Great American Dulcimer Convention in Pineville, Kentucky. Lisa & Heather look forward to the annual appearances at the Kent State Folk Festival and have enjoyed participating in many other events including Dulci-More Festival in Lisbon, Ohio and the Swannanoa Gathering in Ashevilla, North Carolina. Both girls look forward to continuing to share their music with new people and in new places as ambassadors of unique music.