Christie Burns

Christie Burns, ca. 1980

My whole life has been filled with music.  Some of it I have created myself, some of it came from friends, family, strangers in pubs, notable performers… Most days I take this entirely for granted.  This blog is here to help me honor all of the experiences I’ve had in music, allow me to share the inspiration with the people I love, and to hopefully motivate myself to continue seeking/creating/relishing music in my life.

Listening truly is an act of love.

Thank you for listening, and thank you for the love.

20 responses to “About”

  1. Marcy says :

    Hi Christie! Just found you via the Tag Surfer — I think this is the first time ever that I’ve gotten a result from surfing for “dulcimer”!

  2. Jason Pfeiffer says :

    Christie Burns…dulsimergyrrl…how the heck are you?!

    Jason Pfeiffer here…flute player guy from Philly. Remember me? 🙂

    A friend of mine in Ontario is taking up the hammered dulcimer and of course your name came up, and a few google searches later… here ya are!

    I see you and Butch are doing really well – and I gotta say, I LOVE the CD!

    Drop a line when ya get a chance. There’s much to catch up on.


  3. drtombibey says :

    Hey Christie,

    Enjoyed your blog. I am a physician bluegrass fiction writer and also write to tell of my music friends. Come visit sometime.

    Dr. Tom Bibey


  4. Alice Richmond says :

    Hi Christie!
    I just read on a Kwala project web site that you had done some work with Kwala. Do you have anything in written form that you can suggest? I’d like to learn to play this type of music on both hammer and whistle.

    Alice Richmond

  5. nick langdon says :

    Hi Christie,
    this is Nick from new zealand I met you on the plane from LA to Charlotte 7/20.
    I have been listening to some hammer dulcimer music at my daughters place. There is a guy called Frank Mc Connel that plays at the camp she works at, not sure if he has a website or not. Also she has a CD of another hammer dulcimer player called Glen Morgan he is located in the San Francisco area.
    When I get back to New Zealand I can get more information for you as I have more knowledge now of the instrument.
    Hope the rest of your trip was okay. all is well with my daughter and we are having a lovely time.
    Look forward to hearing back from you
    Nick Langdon

  6. Nick Langdon says :

    Hi Christie,
    This is Nick Langdon again from new Zealand. I lost your email address as our computor crashed and we lost all of our addresses. I have found a person who plays the dulcimer. I was talking to some of my friends about my trip to the states and i said i had met this nice young lady on the plane that played the dulcimer and you would not believe it but there next door neighbour had one bulit .. She can not play it very good but was very interested when i said you would like to come out to NZ and catch up with people who play so you have your first student when you come over. her name is Garbi fitzgibbon and if you want to contact here here email address is gabi.fitz@xtra.co.nz I am still looking for other players as she does not know of any others .
    Hope all is well in Chattanooga .
    Look forward to hearing from you.
    Regards your LA to Charlotte friend

  7. Dave Reber says :

    Hi Christie,
    I know this is REALLY late, but I want to thank you for your hospitality and letting Shelley and I stay at your place after the festival. Playing at the Irish session with Rick and the others was a lot of fun. Thanks also for the hat. I wore it to an open mic that I hosted at a microbrew in Bethlehem during Musikfest. It helped me to improv better with a didgeridoo/percussionist that I had recently met. Hope you are well. How about dropping me a line?


  8. Mick Doherty says :

    Hi Christie,

    One of my dulcimer pals informed me of your blog sometime last year — good fun! I had the pleasure of meetin’ yer dad at the UPDF last month. Joanie introduced him as “John Burns, Christie’s dad.” I said, “I’ve read your daughters blog!” He said (with a smile), “I’m sorry.” I enjoyed meeting yer old man, sharing meals & coffee, talking philosophy and knocking heads over the pressing political issues of the day. Give him my regards, OK?

    I’ll look forward to getting to know his progeny some day 🙂

    Give a shout if you get west,


  9. Tonya Taylor says :

    Hey there Cookie! One more semester and I am on my way to Salt Lake…so you should be scheduling (like you schedule anything Spontaneous Girl) a trip to Bowling Green to see your old Folklore Friends. Great site…nice to be able to keep up with you. Have fun, T

  10. alan says :

    Hey Christie,
    Don’t know how to contact you to thank you for such a wonderful time at Unicoi. Hope you get this. Drop me a note. We will get to play again.

  11. Lea Hume says :

    Christie Baby!! So good to find you! I am on a quest to reconnect with some of the coolest people I have known but have let slip away… Where in the world are you? I’m living in the Sierra foothills. Get back to me, would you?

    Keep making beautiful sounds…
    Love, Lea

  12. Leslie Hutchinson says :

    Thanks for some great sessions at the Colorado Dulcimer Fest. I especially enjoyed the exercises you gave us. A word on the Neapolitan chord I told you about– it’s played in first inversion. Really highlights the dominant (especially dominant 7th) which would follow it. Thanks again.

  13. Nomi says :

    I enjoyed listening to you so much at the Colorado Dulcimer Festival. What a true master you are – and make it look so gol darned easy! You are so smooth and hypnotic – an exceptional touch and movements that makes your playing almost look like a dance.

    I thought of a name for your “confused waltz” – something on the order of “Waltz of Enchantment”. It had a sort of sorcerer’s feel to it. Not confusion at all – mere beauty!

  14. Alan Richardson says :

    Another Colorado festival attendee here who is hammering out the exercises you taught us thereby staving off Alzheimer’s . . . .

  15. Alan Richardson says :

    . . . and thoroughly enjoyed listening to your CD (which came in the pretty packaging) on the loooong drive back home to Arizona.

  16. Ray Kirsten says :

    Hi Christie,
    Thank you for your wonderful comments concerning Vickie, whom I knew as my Aunt Dorothy’s secretary and all around “gal Friday,” when I was growing-up, Yes, my aunt was Dorothy Kirsten, and I know how much she depended on Vickie to keep her organized and even answer letters to an adoring nephew when my aunt was at times to busy doing so.
    Please! Please!!! Give my love to Vickie, and let her know that I know how much our family ( George W. Kirsten’s) loved her and thought of as one of us. I know she meant a lot to me and without her my aunt would have missed knowing a very special person,
    Raymond L. Kirsten

  17. Rick Waterhouse says :

    Our North Elk Coffee House booking committee is wondering if you are still performing on your own – dulcimer, piano, vocals? Alone or with someone? And are you traveling to the mid-Atlantic in the next year? Thanks.

  18. Mike Jones says :

    You probably won’t remember me, but we met in Winfield, KS way back when. I can’t even recall what year it was, since all those years to Winfield seem to swim together. Anyway, I purchased a 15/30 Hammered Dulcimer from R.L.Tack in 1990, played it ferociously for about 7 years, and then kids and business and life seemed to eat into my practice time. Funny how life is. I loaned my dulcimer to a very dear friend whom I turned on to Winfield and she tried taking lessons and ultimately lost interest. I was in hopes that she would eventually buy it, but that obviously didn’t happen. I noticed your comment about your R.L.Tack dulcimer that you loved but had to sell for rent money. I am planning to sell my dulcimer. I have an upright stand, and seated stand and fold-up stool that I purchased from Bob when I bought the dulcimer, a Micon electronic tuner and two pair of hammers; hard and soft. I wanted to let you know in case you would know of anyone who might be interested. I paid over $850.00 for all of it over time, but I am willing to entertain offers from serious dulcimer players or aspiring players. This beautiful piece of my musical history needs to go to a good home. Let me know if you have any ideas. By the way, I was mesmerized by your video of you playing the “turnpike” song.
    Mike Jones

  19. Nathan Koci says :

    Hey Christie!
    I’m an old friend of Tom Spackman’s – – i met you once for a week while I was visiting him back in Cork back in the DAY.

    In any case, a mid-afternoon bit of perusing the internets somehow led me here, and just wanted to say how much i’m enjoying the tunes and videos. It’s great to know you’re still out there making the world a better place with your hammers and dulcimers, and shew, someday maybe we’ll cross paths again! i look forward to it.

    all the best

  20. Brent Samuel says :

    I was pretty sure I had the right Christie Burns, and then I recognized the piano in the picture, and I was sure I did. Hope you are well–my orchestra is coming to Philly next month so I was looking for you guys, but it looks like you’re not there anymore. Where’s your big brother these days?



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