Don Pedi is a Traditional Mountain Musician who started playing the dulcimer in 1968.
He shares songs, tunes, and stories in a warm, often humorous, and always entertaining manner.
Don is known for developing a playing style for the fretted mountain dulcimer that can match a fiddle, note for note while maintaining the rhythms and characteristics of traditional music.
In 1974, he won first place in the first contest he ever entered, at Fiddler’s Grove, in Union Grove, N.C.
In 1979, Don was declared "Master Dulcimer Player" and removed from future competitions at Fiddler's Grove.
Before retiring from competition in 1984, Don had amassed over forty first-place ribbons in contests throughout the southeast, both in solo competitions and as a key band member.
Over the decades, he’s been recognized and honored for collecting, preserving, and performing Traditional Appalachian music.
Since 1985 Don has championed folk music as an on-air host at NPR affiliate Blue Ridge Public Radio, WCQS 88.1 in Asheville, NC. His weekly show “Close to Home” airs on Saturdays,
locally from 8:00-10:00 pm (Eastern Time) and simultaneously streams on the web.
Don has appeared in the motion pictures The Song Catcher and The Journey of August King, as well as a number of documentaries and music specials.
Don's Home Page.