Jan Hammond is an Alabama-based mountain dulcimer player, performer, instructor and singer/songwriter. Her initial introduction to the dulcimer was from attending a workshop by Jean Ritchie at the Appalachian Folk Festival in Cincinnati, Ohio in the early ‘80’s. In 2006, Jan was honored to play on stage with Jean during a workshop that was part of the Kentucky Music Weekend Festival held each year in Louisville, Kentucky.
Jan has a distinctive style of contemporary folk that focuses on simple melodies and thoughtful lyrics. Just Me & My Dulcimer was her debut CD. The seventeen tracks are a mix of instrumentals and originals that pull from observations, memories of loved ones and a charming sense of humor. There are also a few pieces by some notable musicians like Pete Seeger, Jerry Holland and Pete Sutherland that Jan arranged for the dulcimer. Within several songs, you will see Jan’s love of nature and birds, in particular.
Jan has won numerous first place awards from dulcimer competitions, at the local, state, regional and national level of the United States. In 2005, she was a top five finalist at the national competition in Winfield, KS. She also placed first at the Kentucky State Mountain Dulcimer Championship in 2005 and 2006. She has been awarded first place at the Mid-Eastern Regional Competition an unprecedented four times. In 2008, Jan placed third at the National Mountain Dulcimer Championship in Winfield, KS. Most recently, Jan was awarded second place at the 2016 Tennessee Valley Fiddlers Convention Dulcimer Contest held each year in Athens, Alabama.
Besides doing solo gigs, Jan also performed with the phenomenal finger style guitar player, Tom Conner for several years. The two met at a coffee house open mic night and created a unique blend of acoustic music while performing throughout NE Ohio. They are very proud of their duet CD entitled Deep Sky that was released in August, 2006. Jan released a second solo CD entitled Man in the Moon. This project was produced, recorded, mixed and mastered by Tom Conner. He added some amazing guitar work to some of the tracks to make this eclectic mix of tunes even more enjoyable.
In January of 2009, Jan released In My Next Life, an all instrumental, all dulcimer CD project. It contains original, traditional and classical tunes. This happened in conjunction with Jan’s graduation as a Certified Music Practitioner® from the Music for Healing & Transition Program, www.mhtp.org.
In March of 2010 Jan released Connected, a lyrical collection of 15 original songs. Each tune has been enriched by the contribution of some of Jan's talented musical friends.