Photo by Nikki Webster

Glen Schmidt

Glen Schmidt plays Mandolin, Bouzouki (octave mandolin) and Hammer Dulcimer with Kilkenny Road.

Glen says: "I started playing guitar when I was 12 years old. My parents were starting a church when I was 14 or 15, and I had my first exposure to leading songs while playing guitar. I later played guitar in the High School Jazz Band. My freshman year of college, as an engineering student, I actually got a jazz scholarship to play guitar. I did that until my engineering studies consumed all my time. So for a time, I kind of fell out of music. When I was in my 20's, I decided that I wanted to learn to fiddle. I took lessons from Kelly Werts of the Plaid Family Kelly taught me numerous fiddle tunes, like Whiskey Before Breakfast, Liberty, Saint Anne's Reel to name a few. It was my first exposure to old time traditional and Irish music. Kelly had told me about an acoustic music festival and a short time later, I started going to the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, KS, and I think I have only missed one year since then. The National Hammer Dulcimer Contest is held at Winfield. For that reason, I met a lot of dulcimer players. In 1995, I bought my first hammer dulcimer at the festival, and I was hooked. I found that all the fiddle tunes that Kelly had taught me were very fun and easy to play on the Hammer Dulcimer. I started to hang out at Winfield's Carp Camp where they play all kinds of crazy tunes with a dozen dulcimers, mandolins, guitars, fiddles, and just about anything else."

Glen plays a Weber Bitterroot custom cedar top mandolin, a 2012 Weber Yellowstone HT Octave Mandolin, a Taylor 710 guitar, and a James Jones custom hammer dulcimer. See more about Glen's custom instrument at Glen Schmidt's Hammer Dulcimer