Bonnie Carol


Below is a list of recordings, recordings with books, and books. If you select one of these topics, it will take you to that item. You can buy any of these from their individual locations using the "Add to Cart" buttons which will take you to PayPal. Or you can print out the "printable order form" and send it and a check to Bonnie Carol, 15 Sherwood Road, Nederland, CO 80466.

The Very Top of the Tree
Celtic Caribe

Laughing Willow
The Motherfolkers: Confluence

The Moon Tree •
Fingerdances for Dulcimer

HAMMERED AND MOUNTAIN DULCIMER BOOKS - most music in these books is arranged for both dulcimers:
La Musica
Laughing Willow
Fingerdances for Dulcimer
Dust Off that Dulcimer and Dance: Instruction Book and CD

African Marimba Volume 1: Beginning Tunes
African Marimba Volume 2: Old and New Tunes
African Marimba Volume 3: Alport Mhlanga Retrospective
African Marimba Volume 4: Eight Paul Mataruse Songs
African Marimba Volume 5: Nine Paul Mataruse Songs


CD - $15
Everyone loves to sing, even just in the shower of for their favorite feline friend, and I’m no different. Here are some of my favorite songs collected over a lifetime of singing. Max Krimmel illustrates his magnificent guitar and whistle skills, and some other friends join me a bit, but it’s mostly me singing with the mountain dulcimer.

The Things That I Could Do with You (Sopwith Camel) •
Chocolate (Mary Stribling) •
The Wonder of it All (Pat Alger & Ian Tyson) •
California Stars (Woody Guthrie, Jay Bennett & Jeff Tweedy)•

• Fall Inside Your Eyes (Jackie Lomax)
• When the First Star Lights (Becky Reardon)
• I'm a Rambler, I'm a Gambler (Traditional)
• Let the Rain Fall down (Steve Conn)
• Another Day (Spencer Bohren)

Bonnie Carol


CD - $15
In this recording I enjoyed new heights of technical quality working with Grammy winning recording engineer Tom Wasinger and state of the art mastering and mixing geniuses of Airshow Mastering. I'm sold on this level of professionalism in the technical department. Oh yes, and the music, the new CD contains all my current favorite music for various musical genres - some traditional Celtic and American tunes, some tunes written about my experiences in the wilderness, some tunes written by friends, and a few of my favorite Latin American repertoire. I think you'll find it varied and interesting!

Distance Suite - Far Away (Pete Jung) / Close at Hand (Bonnie Carol) / Dead Center (Bonnie Carol) •
Dicha Eterna (Eva Ibarra) •
Farewell to Craigie Dhu (Dougie MacLean) •
Erin Isle Suite - Dark Island / Athol Highlanders / Lark in the Morning / Gravel Walks •
Medicine Bow (Peter Ostrusko) •
Tango to the Finnish (Rodney Sauer) •
Neil Gow's Lament •

• This Stone's Story (Bonnie Carol)
• Inís Oír (Tommy Walsh)
• Friday the Thirteenth (Rodney Sauer)
• Miss Rowan Davies (Phil Cunningham)
• La Cumparsita
• New World Suite - Westphalia Waltz / Mason's Apron / Little Miss Judique / Shady Grove
• Bird Ballet (Bonnie Carol)
Bonnie Carol


CD - $15
In January of 1988 I joined a collection of artists, mostly musicians and actors, to visit with comparable artists in the new nation of an independent Nicaragua. We met together in the villages’ "Centros de la Cultura Popular,” usually a house centrally located in a village modified for music lessons, concerts, art gallery, and dance classes. We wrote and produced a play, then took it all over the country to perform in these Centers for People’s Culture. The big house with an expansive front porch where we lived while in country became a gathering place for nightly Nica-US music parties for the month we were there and musicians from throughout the city of Managua came to play with us. From there grew several important musical friendships where I learned Nicaraguan tunes and the Nica musicians learned my beloved Irish and American traditional music. Within the year we decided to make a recording of our sharing, and Celtic Caribe is the result of this exceedingly rich cultural exchange.

Viva Seguin (Santiago Jimenez Sr.) •
King of the Farie/Celtic Caribe (Traditional/Bonnie Carol and Max Krimmel) •
Brown Baby (Oscar Brown Jr.) •
El Vendedor (Juan Carlos Calderón and Jose Maria Linzar) •
The Wild Geese/Grey Funnel Line (Traditional/Cyril Tawney) •
La Mora Limpia (Justo Santos) •
Zangalewa (Traditonal African) •

• Danzón Medley: Juarez • El Chupón (Traditional Tex-Mex bolero and polka)
• Dulce Canción (Dulio Solis, Cesar Oviedo, Nicaragua)
• Alma Corazón Y Vida (Alberto Flores, Peru)
• Loch Tay Boat Song (Traditional)
• The Swedish Maiden/Farewell to Erin (Mike Connoly/Traditional)
• Hush Me Boys (Traditionla Celtic)
• Jesusita En Chihuahua (Traditional Tex-Mex)
• Himno De La Alegria (Beethoven, Spanish words Anonymous)

Bonnie Carol


CD $15
Songbook $10
An autobiographical, all instrumental celebration with the hammered dulcimer in the lead, Laughing Willow covers an array of Celtic and American music. Bonnie is accompanied by piano, guitar, wind chimes, glockenspiel, Buddhist Monks, and nature's critters - birds, bullfrogs, and the ocean.

Spring in the Valley •
Nighthawk •
The Wild Geese •
Behind the Haystack/The Butterfly •

• Off to California / The Unreel / If I Had Maggie in the Wood / Na-mu Myo-ho-ren-ge-kyo / South Porch Jig
• Skyeboat Song / New Rigged Ship / Three Thin Dimes
• Caribe
• Ship in the Clouds


Bonnie Carol
CD $15
Songbook $10
The fretted dulcimer leads an ensemble of instruments from mandolin to saxophone. This harmonious mix of instrumental and vocal music includes traditional American songs and Bonnie's original compositions.
Santa Ana's Retreat •
Song for a Fall Birthday •
Over the Rainbow •
The Cuckoo •
Southwind •
• Red Haired Boy
• Dixie / Golden Slippers
• Joellen
• The Tree Song
• Cherokee Shuffle
• Close Your Eyes

Bonnie Carol


A Mountain Dulcimer Instruction Book (Book Only, $20)
CD, $10

A comprehensive approach to learning the mountain dulcimer. Study:
• modes
• tunings
• using capos
* strum patterns
• finger picking
• flat picking
• left hand technique - hammer ons, pull offs, slides, etc.
• reading tablature and standard music notation
• playing with other instruments
• accompaniment and melody
• singing while playing
• various styles of music: Irish, American traditional, folk, contemporary compositions in the context of 56 songs. The instruction begins at the beginner's beginning and covers the most advanced techniques.

“I’m working with Dust Off now and there is so much there that I only discovered recently. It seems like whenever I stumble on a new tuning, somebody says, ‘Oh yes, that’s in Bonnie’s book.’” Connie Allen, San Diego dulcimer player.

Bonnie Carol


Arrangements of Latin American Music for Hammered and Fretted Dulcimer (Book $14.95)
This is a collection of some of the music I have learned from the Latin American tradition and arranged for dulcimers. There are Tex-Mex tunes, Argentinian tangos, some Mariachi music and some traditional Andean tunes. Some are traditional pieces and some are contemporary. The book includes information about the culture and background of the music. All are arranged for hammered dulcimer, and many are also arranged for fretted dulcimer. Contains many of the Latin American Tunes from Celtic Caribe.

Dulce Canción •
Himno de la Alegría •
Somos el Barco •
De Colores •
Flór de Canela •
Río, Río •
El Vendedor •
Alma, Corazón y Vida •
El Condor Pasa •
Ojos Azules •
Cuzco •
Cielito Lindo •
Las Mañanitas •

• Celtic Caribe
• La Mora Limpia
• El Zanatillo
• Sabor a Mi
• Adiós Muchachos
• La Cumparsita
• Djangotango
• To the Finnish
• Jesusita en Chihuahua
• Júarez
• Viva Seguin
• Dicha Eterna
• El Chupón
“I received La Música a week ago and have been trying a few of the tunes. I am finding the music thrilling, challenging me to think in different rhythmic patterns than I usually do. Your  book is jam packed with lots of new material for me to learn.”  Eileen George, Washington state dulcimer player.


Beginning Tunes - a collection of the easiest tunes from volumes 1-4
Transcribed by Bonnie Carol

Book $25.00

Table of Contents:

  • Amaxoxo
  • Baba Mudiki
  • Buya iAfrica
  • Chikende
  • Chikomba
  • Duduluza
  • eKwanangoma
  • Gandanga
  • Kgapotso
  • Kopa
  • Maggie
  • Manhanga
  • Musangano
  • Musha Wangu Urikudenga
  • Osano
  • Sarura Wako
  • Shona Na
  • Siyakudumisa


Old and New Tunes
Transcribed by Bonnie Carol

Book $25.00

Table of Contents:

  • Buya iAfrica
  • Chikende
  • The First of March
  • Hwa Hwa Rine Nge Nyama
  • Kgapotso
  • Kuzanga
  • Mahororo
  • Manyatera
  • Mombe Yeumai
  • Musangano
  • Nhemamusasa
  • Nhemamusasa Yekutanga
  • Nyamaropa
  • Sarura Wako
  • Shona Na
  • Shumba
  • Siti, Muasikana Adadeka
  • Siyakudumisa

A Retrospective of a Lifetime of Work
Alport Mhlanga

Book $25.00

Table of Contents:

  • Amaxoxo
  • Bekezela
  • Chiradza II
  • Dana
  • Duduluza
  • Ectasy
  • eKwanangoma
  • Festival Fever
  • Kgopotso
  • Kopa
  • Maggie
  • Maimbo
  • Ndinolila
  • Nyathela
  • Osano
  • Ranchera
  • Ssir Matimba
  • The Third of June
  • Thula Mtananmi
  • Tshebetshehbe
  • Umdhaka
Eight African Pieces Arranged for Ensembles of Seven Marimbas
As taught by Paul Mataruse in the USA
Book $25.00

Table of Contents:

  • Baba Mudiki - © Paul Mataruse
  • Chemutengure - traditional, arranged by Paul Mataruse
  • Chikomba - traditional, arranged by Paul Mataruse
  • Gandanga - © Paul Mataruse
  • Manhanga - traditional, arranged by Paul Mataruse
  • Mhunza Musha - © Paul Mataruse
  • Musha Wangu Urikudenga - church song, arranged by Paul Mataruse
  • Taireva - traditional, arranged by Paul Mataruse

Nine African Pieces Arranged for Ensembles of Seven Marimbas
As taught by Paul Mataruse in the USA
Book $25.00

Table of Contents:

  • Ariko Munyaradzi - traditional, arranged by Paul Mataruse
  • Hanga - traditional, arranged by Paul Mataruse
  • Mbube - © Solomon Linda, arranged by Paul Mataruse
  • Mudzimu Wangu - traditional, arranged by Paul Mataruse
  • Out of the Nest - © Fiona Connon & Dean Samuel
  • Ranchera - © Alport Mhlanga, arranged by Paul Mataruse
  • Shauri Yako - © NGuashi N’timbo, arranged by Paul Mataruse
  • Tanzania - composer unknown, arranged by Paul Mataruse
  • Taurai Zvenyu - © Paul Matavire, arranged for marimba by Paul Mataruse




CD, $15
The Motherfolkers were an important part of the Colorado folk music scene for 25 years, dishing out bluegrass and blues, Celtic and Caribbean, jazz and humor on some of the most prestigious stages in the state. We were 10 – 15 women who played year round in other bands, but each spring we joined forces to become The Mother Folkers for a month of concerts. Confluence is based on one year's show. In 2019 the Motherfolkers were inducted into the Colorado Music Hall of Fame. There's hammered dulcimer and percussion by Bonnie, and other musicians include Kathi DeFrancis, Mary Flower, Carla Sciaky, Sumi Seacat, Ellen Audley, Bonnie Phipps, Mary Stribling, Vicki Taylor, Eileen Niehouse, Ellen Klaver, and Mollie O'Brien. My contribution is: Alma, Corazón, y Vida.



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