Jim Miller


Musician - Performer - Workshop Leader


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Jim Miller has been playing and performing traditional music for the past 47 years. An accomplished instrument builder and teacher, he has taught workshops at numerous festivals as well as won many awards for his musicianship, including first place dulcimer at both Galax, VA and Fiddler's Grove, NC. For twenty years, Jim was the owner of the Hampton Music Shop, in Hampton, Tennessee, where he handcrafted over 750 hammered dulcimers. He has played with Celtic, Bluegrass, Swing, Blues and Old Time bands, and has done session work on many recordings. He currently performs in a duo accompanied by his wife, Cheri, on guitar. In addition to being an accomplished performer and workshop leader, Jim also is an enthusiastic jam facilitator who likes to get everyone involved. His "chord signing for the harmonically impaired" is legendary. He plays guitar, mandolin, banjo, mandocello, bass, steel drum, percussion, hammered and mountain dulcimers as well as his own off-the-wall musical inventions, which are always entertaining. Jim holds a Masters degree in Elementary Education with an endorsement in instrumental music. He is retired from teaching 4th grade at Cloudland Elementary School in Roan Mountain, Tennessee, where he led an after school traditional string band program. He also is a retired adjunct professor at East Tennessee State University where he taught hammered and mountain dulcimer, mandolin and ukulele and  played mandocello in the ETSU Mandolin Orchestra .