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Autumn in the Valley - Artists' Biographies

Neal Hellman has been active in acoustic music since 1973. He has penned many books on the Appalachian dulcimer, including his most recent, It's a Dulcimer Life. Neal's many recordings include Oktober County and Dream of the Manatee (with Joe Weed).

Neal Hellman, nationally acclaimed performer and teacher of the mountain dulcimer, has been active in performing, writing, teaching and recording acoustic music for the past twenty years throughout the United States and Europe.

In collaboration with Joe Weed, Neal wrote the score for Princess Furball, a children's video by Weston Woods which won a 1993 American Library Association Commendation.

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Barry Phillips received his M.M. from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in composition and has been a student of Elinor Armer and Andrew Imbrie (composition), Irene Sharp (cello) and Zakir Hussain (tabla).

He has been cellist, arranger and producer for several Gourd recordings. Barry has worked on a number of film scores and his compositions have been performed by several Bay Area ensembles, including the Modern Mandolin Quartet.

Barry lives in Santa Cruz, California, where, besides recording for Gourd Music, he and his wife Shelley play and teach folk and classical music.

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