Glenn Morgan Hammered Dulcimers and Fishbite Recordings
Glenn MorganHammered Dulcimersand Fishbite Recordings

About Glenn

 

Glenn Morgan has been playing the hammered dulcimer and entertaining audiences for over 30 years.

 

His long musical journey began when he went to the Renaissance Pleasure Faire at Black Point, Novato, and first encountered the instrument. It was “love at first sight”. He knew right then that he would play this beautiful instrument. Within a few months, he had his first dulcimer and by the next fall season at Faire, he was enlisted to play on stage for a troupe of Irish dancers and historical reenactors.

 

Since that time, Glenn has played at countless fairs and festivals, stage and street, weddings, craft shows, conventions, you name it.

 

Some of the more interesting performances included: playing for the grand reopening of the American Conservatory Theater following its renovation after the Loma Prieta quake; at a grand medieval feast at Paramount Studios in Hollywood for a private premiere screening of “Braveheart”, and playing in a program of new music for composer Kurt Bestor at Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco.

 

In 1991, Glenn left a high-tech career, working as a technician for Stanford Linear Accelerator Center to go into music full time.

 

He divides his time between a festival circuit, which includes the larger Southern California Renaissance Pleasure Faire in April, and May, the fall NorCal Renaissance Faire at Casa de Fruta, Hollister, and the Great Dickens Christmas Fair at San Francisco’s Cow Palace; and many smaller weekend festivals.

Those include fairs at Folsom, Fair Oaks, Monterey and Pleasanton Scottish Games and Festivals, and five seasons at the Bristol Renaissance Faire, encompassing nine weekends at Kenosha, WI.

 

Glenn is also a regularly scheduled performer at San Francisco’s famed Pier 39 and Ghirardelli Square.


Glenn has called Sonora, CA his home for over a dozen years. Locally, Glenn has performed at the Fire on the Mountain Christmas Craft Fairs, Murphys Irish Day and the Sonora Celtic Festival. On occasion, you may spot him at Columbia State Historic Park as well.


Given the unique and relatively rare appearance of the hammered dulcimer, Glenn enjoys his role as teacher as well. He is always happy to spend some time explaining the history and cultural significance of the hammered dulcimer and its close relatives around the world.


Early in his career, Glenn focused on Celtic, especially Irish, music. In the intervening years, his interests have grown to include old-time American, French, English and Eastern European repertoire as well.


Over a span of 25 years, Glenn has produced seven recordings. They feature not only his own talents, but guest artists on an array of other instruments including Celtic harp, cello, hurdy-gurdy, button accordion, oboe, harmonica and others.

 

 

 

Weddings

 

Whether your special day will be celebrated in an informal garden setting or a Cathedral, Glenn’s music will create an atmosphere that is truly unique and memorable. Glenn will work with you to help you select the right pieces for the right moment in your ceremony.

 

The lilting tones of the dulcimer will welcome your guests as they arrive, and delight them during the reception as well. Glenn can play solo; or bring an ensemble that might include violin, harp, guitars, mandolins, to name a few.

 

Call Glenn to talk about your ideas and let him help you put together a wedding to remember.

 

Telephone (209) 694-8034, or, better yet, click on the Contact Button above.

 

 

 

Theme Events

 

With over 30 years of performances at Renaissance Faires, Gold Rush historic

Events, the Dickens Christmas Fair (San Francisco’s premier holiday celebration), Glenn is a seasoned veteran of stage and street entertainment.

 

Glenn began his career as a performer at the Renaissance Pleasure Faire at Black Point in Novato, CA, and continues to play at NorCal Renaissance Faire, the Southern California Renaissance Pleasure Faire in Irwindale, and at the Bristol Renaissance Faire at Kenosha, WI.

 

Glenn’s repertoire spans wide swaths of Europe including the Celtic lands. Glenn has performed at Celtic Fairs, Scottish Games, Music Festivals, Craft Shows, Museums, House Concerts, and more.

 

Telephone (209) 694-8034, or, better yet, click on the Contact Button above.

 

 

 

Educational

Programs

 

The Hammered Dulcimer is an ancient instrument with roots in Persia and India, arriving in Europe in Medieval times. With such an extensive history, it has found itself established in many cultures worldwide.

 

Glenn takes great delight in sharing that history, and music – he is a natural-born educator. Glenn’s school and museum programs can be tailored to appeal to your audience: children, adults, seniors.

 

If you would like Glenn to make a presentation at your venue, call or email to make arrangements.

 

 

Telephone (209) 694-8034, or, better yet, click on the Contact Button above.

 



The Rest of the Fishbite Team

Alison, my wife and partner in Fishbite Recordings, keeps the books, orders materials, and keeps things happening on a day to day basis. Some of her assistants are visible in the background.

BeBop is Fishbite's CFO, Chief Flight Officer. Glenn is his favorite landing point.

His extensive repertoire of traditional tunes is the result of Glenn's habit of whistling new tunes he's working on. His greatest hits include "Ashokan Farewell", and his own interpretive medley of "Jeopardy" and "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly". His "1812 Overture" features extra bomb sounds (both duds and bursting) and raspberries.

Glenn's Past Performance Schedules

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Glenn's Performance Schedule

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AUGUST, 2017

 

PIER 39

San Francisco, CA

Schedule website:

http://www.pier39.com

 

Monday, August 14

sets 5-9pm

 

Tuesday, August 15

sets 5-8pm

 

Sunday, August 20

sets 11:30am-8pm

 

Monday, August 21

sets 5-9pm

 

 

 

 

 

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