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"Starry Starry"

Celestial Music from the Heart - Karen Ashbrook

A Fantasia of American, Celtic, Asian and classical lullabies on solo hammered dulcimer


Karen Ashbrook has been involved with dulcimer since the mid 70s when she built her first one as a high school project. She had been a pioneer in the promotion of the dulcimer in the US, Japan and more recently in its revival in Belgium.

"Karen has long been something of a heroine to me... Her style is at times traditional, then moves surprisingly at a tangent, making it more interesting in an unexpected way. And her whistle playing is excellent." — Irish Edition, Philadelphia

She teaches private & group lessons, workshops at festivals, and works extensively with children. She also performs in weddings, concerts, receptions and other venues.

Karen's CMP business card

Karen is also a Certified Music Practitioner® (CMP), and is trained to play healing hammered dulcimer music at the bedside of those who are ill and/or dying.

If you are interested in therapeutic music services, contact Karen at
301-592-0101 or

The hammered dulcimer is an engaging instrument that dates back to the 14th century and spread all around the world. It is a trapezoid box played with small wooden hammers.