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Cliff Cole
Cliff Cole, has been playing hammered dulcimer since 1985. He saw his first hammered dulcimer at the Philadelphia folk festival in 1983. Two years latter, at the same festival, he saw John McCutcheon play. He bought his first dulcimer that year.

Cliff’s background is in percussion. Since the age of fifteen, Cliff played the drums in various types of music groups including Rock, Blues, Jazz and folk ensembles. He started playing dulcimer in a bluegrass group in 1987.

That group, named “Steel City Strings”, played at the 1988 Bethlehem Musikfest. His current group, DayBreak has been together for more than a decade. The group has delved into many musical styles including Celtic, old time, American folk and early music. The group has composed many original tunes, and traditional arrangements.

Personal: Cliff lives in Quakertown, Pennsylvania. He shares joint custody of his beautiful twelve year old daughter, Emily Rose. He works in the Computer Networking Industry. Cliff just joined a start-up venture named, InfiniCon Systems in King Of Prussia, PA.

Day Break - Cliff with Anna Lisa Yoder and Rob Yoder

DayBreak is based in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. They have played in numerous festivals and venues in the Lehigh Valley, and greater Philadelphia area. Lately, the children of DayBreak members, including Cliff’s daughter Emily, have been singing and playing their instruments with the band. Audiences have enthusiastically received the children's talented playing.

DayBreak produced their first cassette tape recording, “Dawn”, in 1989. Two years later they recorded a Christmas tape called, “Unity - Unique Music for Christmas”.

Cliff has produced a solo, all instrumental CD titled, “Autumn Calling”. Members of DayBreak appear on many selections on the CD. DayBreak is working on a new CD called, “Little Steps”. They hope to release the CD within this year. “Autumn Calling” and “Unity” are available on CD.

Cliff plays exclusively on James Jones instruments. The pure, even tone that spans throughout the whole range make it an exceptional instrument. The damper system has opened up a whole new avenue of creativity and adventure. Cliff has developed a style where he uses the damper pedal in the same manner that a drummer uses a high-hat cymbal. This unique sound adds a whole new dimension to the hammered dulcimer...
Autumn Calling

This recording features Cliff playing traditional Irish material along with some originals. Included in the CD are Wedding Bells, The New Dulcimer Waltz, The Blarney Pilgrim, The Barn Raising, Early Autumn Sky,Changing Seasons,Si Bheag Si Mhor, Pancakes for Breakfast/Red Haired Boy, Waterfall/Shooting Star, Frost Along The Bridge Path, When The Kids Go Fishing/The Joys of Wedlock, Autumn Calling, Brother James's Air and more Other musicians helping out include members of Daybreak, Denis Blodgett, Sally Cole, Anna Lisa Yoder and Rob Yoder plus assorted guest artists.

Click to listen to Waterfall one of Cliff's originals(You must have Quicktime as a plug-in in your brower)


This is a unique collection of christmas music performed by the group Daybreak with Cliff Cole on the hammered duclimer. Included on the CD are The Unity Jig, Christ is Born (carol),/The Butterfly, The King of Love, The Swallowtail/ Merrily Kiss the Quaker,Blessed be Thou Heavenly Queen, and many more. Instruments used are hammered dulcimer, fiddle, bodhran, tin whistle, recorder, mandolin, concertina, bouzouki and voice.

Contact Information and purchase of CDs

Cliff Cole
32 N. Ambler Street Apt 2
Quakertown, PA 18951
215 529-0880

email: cliffcole@fast.net

James Jones Instruments
1384 Coltons Mill Rd., Bedford, VA 24523 - 5259
540 586 - 6319 or 586 - 6013


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