Don Pedi plays Traditional Old-Time Music in a truly original way. He’s 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. He shares songs, tunes and stories in a warm, often humorous and always entertaining manner.
He won first place in the first contest he ever entered at Fiddler’s Grove in Union Grove, North Carolina in 1974. Before retiring from competition in 1984, Don had amassed around forty first place ribbons.
Over the decades, he’s been recognized and honored for collecting, preserving and performing Traditional Appalachian music. Since 1985 Don has championed both traditional and more contemporary folk music as an on air host at NPR affiliate, Blue Ridge Public Radio, WCQS 88.1 in Asheville, North Carolina. His weekly show “Close to Home” airs on Saturdays, locally from 8:00-10:00pm (Eastern Time) and simultaneously streams on the web at www.wcqs.org.
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.