Tom FellenbaumCeltic Winds Host
Originally from Lancaster Co. PA, Tom Fellenbaum came to North Carolina in 1971 to attend school at Warren Wilson College. Under the guidance of David Holt, at the time the director of the Appalachian Studies Program, he was introduced to the traditional music of this area, and learned to play the mountain dulcimer and clawhammer banjo. He also developed an interest in fretted instrument construction and completed independent studies of the subject while at WWC. That interest turned into a full-time occupation when he graduated, with the opening, in 1979, of his first shop in Black Mountain.
Over the years Tom has built a vast number of mountain dulcimers, as well as guitars, octave mandolins, mandolins, and bouzoukis, while establishing his reputation as a Celtic musician, playing guitar and bouzouki in local sessions and regional ensembles. In July of 2000, Tom and his wife Stephanie Wilds opened their retail/workspace in Black Mountain, Acoustic Corner. Having since sold the business, Tom now builds almost totally to order via website at www.celticmandolins.com. Tom had already been a long time listener and fan of both WNCW and Celtic Winds when in 1998, he got the opportunity to join Richard Beard as Celtic Winds co-host.
This Sunday during Celtic Winds: Interview and Spotlight on the Music of the Grandfather Mountain Highland GamesEvery Sunday, WNCW brings you “Celtic Winds” between Noon & 3pm. This week around 1:30, our own Tom Fellenbaum will host E.J. Jones, piper, instrument maker, and Music Director of the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games. They’ll have much to talk about and play, as they spotlight the 64th annual celebration of Celtic music and Gaelic culture coming up July 8th-11th at MacRae Meadows in Linville, NC.