1. Maddie MacNeil tribute

By now, many of you will have heard about the passing of Madeline MacNeil. This is sad news for the dulcimer world, music lovers, and Maddie’s countless friends, including my wife Carrie and me. Maddie touched so many lives with her magical voice and a wonderful spirit that was both gentle and joyful. I built Maddie her first hammer dulcimer in the 1970s, and we have been close friends and occasional musical collaborators ever since.

Maddie suffered a fall in her home on Sunday morning, March 22. Many of you know that in recent years she struggled with a bad leg that put her at risk of falling. But she never let that stop her from going out to sing and play her dulcimers. She was preparing to sing outside her church that Sunday morning.

Maddie has a natural burial plot at the Holy Cross Abbey near Berryville, VA. Services were for family only due to coronavirus restrictions. There are tentative plans to have a memorial service, or a memorial concert, at some time when it again becomes safe and appropriate to congregate.

Aldous Huxley said, “after silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.” In that spirit, I leave you with this link to a piece of music featuring Maddie’s voice:
Love Above All