Jessica Comeau's Workshops

Sea Shanties & Nautical Songs (Advanced Beginner)

    Come and set sail with the mountain dulcimer to discover nautical songs and sea shanties! On this voyage, we will build confidence with the fretboard, explore some gentle chords, and reinforce alternating picking direction and clean fretting. Selections will include the timeless, briny melodies “So Early, Early in the Spring,” “Farewell to Tarwathie,” “Cape Cod Girls.” Our home tuning will be D-A-D.

Ancient Vibrations: Medieval Chants for Mountain Dulcimer (Intermediate )

Allow your dulcimer to become an instrument of peace through these mystical melodies from the Middle Ages. The flowing soundscapes of chant will encourage you to practice sustain, clean picking, and dynamic phrasing. Selections will include “Polorum Regina,” “Sia Laudato San Francesco,” and “Gaude Virgo Salutata.” Please come tuned to D-A-D.

Irish Inspiration (Advanced )
Join me in celebrating the richly varied moods of Irish music through three transporting selections: “Captain O’Kane,”
“The Otter’s Holt,” and “The Chanter’s Tune.” Hammer-ons, pull-offs, and slides will help bring the music to life with Celtic ornamentations. Please bring a capo and come tuned to D-A-D.

Links to the songs are here.

Jessica Comeau is a native of Pensacola, Florida, and has been playing the mountain dulcimer since 2003. As a lover of music and literature, she is passionate about the ability of music to reflect timeless stories and illuminate the beauty of life. Jessica is a singer-songwriter as well as an interpreter of folk, Celtic, British, medieval European, and world music. She also loves to share music as a teacher.

Within the workshop setting, Jessica gives her students group instruction, individual guidance, and space for personal experimentation with the goal of helping people to make the music their own. In addition to her dulcimer teaching and performing experience, Jessica holds a B.A. degree in English and an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction. 

Her most recent musical release is a multi-instrumental, fantasy-themed album called: 
Faerie Memories: Fantasy Music with an Acoustic Heart.