Alan Freeman

Born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1943, Alan Freeman finally came home to West Virginia in 1974, after having lived, traveled, and played guitar all over the United States and Europe, and he hasn't stopped performing and traveling in this country and abroad ever since. He always comes home.

Alan got his first dulcimer in 1976 and it’s the one he still plays. His first album was released in 1978. He has a total of nine since then, all very favorably received. Alan won first place at Galax five times in nine years (1977-1986), and has been the perennial West Virginia dulcimer champion since 1985 when they began having the contest.

He has toured with Jimmy Driftwood, who has called him “the best dulcimer player in the world.” Grandpa Jones once told him he was “the best I ever heerd on one a them things.”

Alan became a member of Jamboree USA, in Wheeling, WV, in 1988. The only dulcimer player tover be made a member of a radio jamboree, he has been the opening act for Roy Clark, who said he was “the best and most versatile dulcimer player I ever heard,” Kitty Wells, Waylon Jennings, Roger Miller, The Seldom Scene, Tim O’Brien, and Charlie Pride, among many others.

With the other members of ‘Trio’ (Jenny Allinder, fiddle, and Jack Bowman, cello) he has performed several times on Public Radio’s ‘Mountain Stage’, provided the music for West Virginia Governor Gaston Caperton’s farewell banquet, and performed for various West Virginia state functions over the last 25 years.

Alan has been a mainstay concert performer at the WV State Folk Festival since 1975. In 2002, he was among the first dulcimer players ever to be invited to perform at MerleFest.

He plays a range of music that includes oldtime, bluegrass, celtic, swing, ragtime, standards, klezmer, a little latin, and anything else he can get his fingers around that seems interesting.

Alan has performed extensively with Robin Kessinger, Robert Shafer, Dave Bing, Jenny Allinder, J.P. Fraley, Glen Smith, and a veritable host of other wonderful musicians and is appropriately grateful to them for letting him do that.

Here is a great interview with Alan.

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