Ted Yoder - National Hammer Dulcimer Champion

Ted Yoder - National Hammer Dulcimer Champion

 Goshen, Indiana, USA
BandAlternativeNew Age

Ted plays his dulcimer almost like a piano, unafraid to tackle complex rhythms and unusual harmonics. The result is a sound that makes the trained listener say, “How many hands does this guy have?"

Biography

Instrumentation:??

Ted Yoder- hammered dulcimer and vocals??

Biography:??Ted Yoder plays hammered dulcimer.??

You've heard of the hammered dulcimer before – mountain music, renaissance fairs, that Christmas CD you picked up in a gift shop in Tennessee. ??

That's not Ted.??

Life-long Indiana native Ted grew up in a musically inclined family, like a lot of musicians. His whole life has been filled with writing, performing, recording, experimenting with new instruments... But it wasn't until Ted received his first hammered dulcimer as a wedding gift that Ted knew he'd found his niche. Ted knew there was great potential here as he began mastering and experimenting with this eclectic and intriguing instrument. ??

Drawing on his pop and rock-n-roll roots, Ted was able to create something never heard before: a dulcimer that doesn't sound like a dulcimer “should.” With master skill, Ted plays his dulcimer almost like a piano, unafraid to tackle complex rhythms and unusual harmonics. The result is a sound that makes the trained listener say, “How many hands does this guy have?”??

Ted's musicianship, creativity and ability to put a fresh face on dulcimer music led him to the title of 2010 National Hammer Dulcimer Champion at the Walnut Valley Festival. ??

Capturing the Championship title, Ted decided it was time to go professional. Since then, he has released three CD's: ?
- “Songs From Walnut Valley,” a compendium of original songs (plus one Bach number) that he played in competition to earn his title. This album really shows off Ted's ability as a songwriter. “Storm” and “Moon On the Water,” in particular reveal Ted's rock and roll roots.?
- “Comfort and Joy,” a Christmas album featuring Ted's unique interpretations of traditional Christmas numbers. Despite Ted being an untried artist, this album gained international airplay.??
- "Chocolate Skies," which features pristine acoustic hammered dulcimer. Includes Eleanor Rigby, The Water Is Wide and The Rainbow Connection along with Ted's original compositions. Ted released this album in September 2012.

Ted has played at:

• Blue Gate Theater • Gaither Fall Festival • IN State Fair • Walnut Valley Festival • Gebhard Woods Dulcimer Festival
• Winter Creek Reunion • Red Barn Radio • Blue Plate Special • Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour • Charley Creek Arts Festival
• ODPC Dulcimer Festival • National Bible Bee • performed for CCM veterans Bill and Gloria Gaither Kentucky Music Week

Discography:??

September 2012- Chocolate Skies
December 2010- Comfort and Joy?
September 2010- Songs From Walnut Valley?
July 2009- Hymns?

For booking information call Ted directly at 331-575-8376 or email him at ted@tedyoder.com

Discography

"Hymns" released July 17, 2009
"Songs From Walnut Valley" September 2010
"Comfort and Joy" December 2010
"Chocolate Skies" October 2012

Set List

30-90 minutes. Can repeat for a rotating crowd as desired.
Typical selections include:
-Eleanor Rigby
-Norwegian Wood
-Various pop tunes
-Prelude to Cello Suite -Bach
-Badinerie
-Various Classical tunes
-Many original songs instrumental and vocal as well as some classic pop songs.