Jessica Comeau's Workshops

Celtic Wind (Intermediate to Advanced )
The end of summer is nigh, so let us welcome the autumn with an elemental Celtic celebration of fall breezes! Among the songs we will be learning are “The Wind That Shakes the Barley,” “Now Westlin’ Winds,” and “South Wind (An Ghaoth Aneas).” Our home tuning will be C-G-C (only one full step lower than D-A-D tuning and compatible with D-A-D tablature).
Download “The Wind That Shakes the Barley

    Mystical Fire: "Cantigas de Santa Maria" for Mountain Dulcimer”
    (Intermediate to Advanced )

    Medieval music and the mountain dulcimer are a match made in heaven! “Mystical Fire” will feature selections from the Cantigas de Santa Maria from 13th Century Spain. The timeless, exotic melodies of the Cantigas range from the reverential and meditative to the lively and sensational. Our repertoire will be suitable for players at the intermediate-to-advanced level. 
    Download: "Cantiga #248- Sen muito ben que nos faze"

    Jessica Comeau lives in Pensacola, Florida, and has been playing the mountain dulcimer for about 15 years. She enjoys discovering, composing, and arranging music, especially within the Celtic, British, medieval, and Appalachian folk traditions.  Jessica is a founding member of the Pensacola Mountain Dulcimer Wildflowers project (an outreach that seeks to promote feature, and support the mountain dulcimer), and she continues to perform, learn new music, and teach other mountain dulcimer players.

    She has competed and placed in several mountain dulcimer championships and has taught at a variety of national and regional dulcimer festivals. On her YouTube channel, Jessica shares recordings of her unique mountain dulcimer music. Jessica holds a B.A. degree in English, an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction, and certification to teach English 6-12 and Humanities K-12 in the state of Florida. She enjoys sharing her passion for music, literature, art, and the humanities and the ways in which these disciplines mutually enrich each other.

    Among Jessica's offerings are a solo album, Songs of the Earthly Pilgrimage: Medieval and World Folk Music on the Appalachian Mountain Dulcimer, and a book and DVD set, Mountain Dulcimer Wildflowers: A Collection of Original Arrangements of Early Music and Traditional Songs for Appalachian Mountain Dulcimer.