Steve Eulberg
Meet Linda Ratcliff

For Linda, it all began about 15 years ago, in the piney woods of East Texas, in Crockett, where she and her husband Mike owned a restaurant called the Wooden Nickel. One Sunday afternoon, Jerry and Margaret Wright stopped by with their sons, bringing in instruments they had never seen before. Their impromptu dulcimer concert changed Mike and Linda's lives. They fell in love with the unique sound of the instruments.

Linda RatcliffSoon after, they found themselves in Spring, Texas, at the home of Chuck and Peggy Carter, buying their first dulcimers. Linda bought a Rick Thum 16/16 hammered dulcimer, and Mike was drawn to an hourglass Tom Fellenbaum mountain dulcimer. They happily drove back home with their new treasures and started to practice.

Then they began to host the Davy Crockett Dulcimer Society at the Wooden Nickel every 4th Saturday, starting with mountain dulcimer lessons in the afternoon followed by a jam session after dinner. Often there was standing room only. Eventually, the Wooden Nickel was sold, and now the jam sessions are held at Camp Street Cafe, in Crockett, Texas, on the first Saturday of each month.

These days, Linda is living in her 5th wheel, traveling around this beautiful country, and teaching the hammered dulcimer lessons online. Click here to hear Linda tell a little more about her background. Here is the latest media clipping from the Red Oak Record.

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