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Madeline MacNeil's Page

Maddie's Page 

Madeline MacNeil's website at www.madelinemacneil.com is no longer online and we wanted to be able to offer her many friends and fans some of her books and various resources to access digital downloads of her music.   It just didn't seem right to have it go away just yet so this page will be dedicated to all things Maddie.

Copies of Maddie's Trio and Quartet Ensembles For Mountain Dulcimer Players book/cd along with a few other books she authored are ready for sale--see below.  Additionally, I will be working on compiling her unpublished tablature for both mountain and hammered dulcimer into books so her music can continue to be enjoyed by all of us.

Many of Maddie's recordings are available for download through several streaming services such as Apple Music, Amazon, iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, and Pandora. Her books published by Mel Bay are of course still available from all Mel Bay sources as well as Amazon.com and other music sites.  As per Maddie's request, royalties from the sales of her Mel Bay books will continue go to the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley which has put together a permanent exhibit on Maddie and her many contributions to her community and to the world.

Maddie would like nothing better than to know people are still enjoying her music and we are happy to have a way to help share her many many gifts with all of you.

Stay tuned!!!!

Maddie's Recording and Books

Anne Lough has kindly made the following books and cds available for sale on her website, and while you're there, check out Anne's beautiful playing on her CD's and her numerous tablature books for both mountain and hammered dulcimer.  


CD:  Songs of Earth & Sea

Music Books:  (more complete descriptions are on Anne's website)

Folk Songs of Old Virginia (arr. by Ralph Lee Smith and Madeline MacNeil)

An authentic presentation of songs collected by Cecil Sharp in the Virginia mountains between 1916 and 1918

Slave Songs of the United States (arr. by Ralph Lee Smith and Madeline MacNeil)

Beautiful, powerful spirituals collected on the Sea Islands of South Carolina in 1862, including historic notes and pictures.

Smoky Mountain Memories (arr. by Ralph Lee Smith and Madeline MacNeil)

An authentic presentation of songs collected by Cecil Sharp in the Great Smoky Mountains between 1916 and 1918

Song Treasures of the Cumberland Mountains (arr. by Ralph Lee Smith and Madeline MacNeil)

An authentic presentation of songs collected by Cecil Sharp in the Kentucky mountains in 1917 and included in the historic and important publication of Folk Songs in the Southern Appalachians.

The Seeds of Love  (arr. by Ralph Lee Smith adn Madeline MacNeil)

Chosen from Cecil Sharp's One Hundred English Folk Songs and English Folk Songs from the Southern Appalachians.

Trio & Quartet Ensembles for Mountain Dulcimer Players

We now have one of Maddie's music books available for sale from this website. It is a lovely collection of eight well-crafted and playable ensemble pieces and comes with a CD of Maddie and her friends playing the arrangements.

All of the copies with the full color covers have been sold as of 8/30/21. The remaining stock has the same cover in black and white.  You can combine this with other items from our online store; once you order this item, select "continue shopping" from the upper right hand corner of the landing page.

All profits from the sale of this book will be donated to the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley and the John C. Campbell Folk School. 

Price: $16.00

Ensemble Book

Trio and Quartet Ensembles

Musical arrangements and suggestions of ways to play music together as a group and how to perform the pieces. Includes an accompanying CD; the CD has each song's individual voices performed solo as well as the entire piece performed ensemble.


Aura Lee
MayPole Dance
Planxty Irwin
Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
Tallis Canon
A Trip to the Cottage
The Water is Wide


Maddie's Hammered Dulcimer Books

All profits from the sale of these books will be donated to the John C. Campbell Folk School. 

You Can Teach Yourself Hammered Dulcimer (with DVD)


An excellent book for beginners with 33 familiar songs.  Includes exercises, techniques, interval work, etc.  Comes with instructional DVD video.

Mel Bay publication; originally listed for $19.95.

1 copy available

You Can Teach Yourself Hammered Dulcimer (with CD)


Same book as above but with instructional audio CD.

1 copy available

Hammered Dulcimer for the Young Beginner (with online audio)


A wonderful introduction to the hammered dulcimer for the younger player, it includes 26 well known songs along with clearly written instructions for playing techniques in general and helpful hints for each song.

Mel Bay Publication; originally listed for $14.99

12 copies



photo by Missy Monahan

Madeline MacNeil
1940 - 2020

We first met Maddie at a music festival in Southern California in the late l970's and instantly became friends; over the years our friendship grew and we have been so fortunate to have been close friends for over forty years.

It is no overstatement to say Maddie's passing is a huge loss to the music community and to the world in general; she was one of the very best people we have ever known.  Maddie was exceptionally kind, witty, generous, gracious, caring and loving, and shared her voice and her music with love and joy.

To honor her memory, play or sing a song, share your music with others and remember to be kind.  Be a good friend. Find joy in the simple things.