Category Music

My new mandolin

I’m now learning to play the mandolin. I hadn’t expected to be adding the mandolin to my musical instruments, but a nice series of events has led to me having a Kentucky KM-620-S. A few weeks ago, my aunt gave me her old mandolin (pictured below). She had started taking mandolin lessons, inspired by the […]

Four Voices Concert

Joan Baez. Mary Chapin Carpenter. Indigo Girls Amy Ray and Emily Saliers They were on stage in The Ryman Auditorium in Nashville for the opening night of their Four Voices Tour. The concert was two hours of harmony, addressing issues of life situations and politics, and enthusiasm about performing together and enjoying the response of the […]

Chestnut branch flute

Chestnut Branch Flutes

Creating a flute from a branch is exciting and rewarding, as I see how the wood guides me and listen to what the flute’s voice will be. Here’s a video with the four Chestnut branch flutes that I just finished making. In the video, I play two of the flutes to let you hear their […]

Vibrations: Sound Journey

Making and playing both Native-American style flutes and Finnish kanteles has led me into thinking more and more about creating a calm and positive spirit. I’ve found that many who purchase my musical instruments are interested in playing to have more peace in their lives. Some are music therapists who use my instruments in their […]

The latest dogwood branch flute with pyrography & color.

A Second Chance to Play Flute or Kantele

When I’m selling my flutes and kanteles at music festivals or art and craft shows, one of the groups of people who like to talk with me about my instruments are retirees. I often start the conversation with “Do you play any musical instruments?” In the responses from retirees, I hear two themes. About half will […]

Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain - 2016 Concert, Gainesville, Florida

Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain provides interactive performance

The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain brought holiday spirit and good cheer in general to Gainesville in their concert at the University Auditorium on Dec. 2. In their two-hour performance, they demonstrated the range of the ukulele, playing a wide of musical styles — from Dolly Parton’s “9 to 5” to the theme from the James […]

Koa ukulele made with Mike DaSilva!

Play along with the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain

  The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain will perform in Gainesville on Friday, Dec. 2, and I’m delighted  I’ll be in the audience. There’s something inspiring about group musical performances. I developed that enthusiasm for musical groupwork from my own experience of playing clarinet in the high school band. Our band director would lead us through rehearsal […]

Flute wrap on cedar Dm flute

Breathing: Improved with Native American Flute playing

Recently I had the honor of playing at my mother’s church service with my Native American style flutes.  The opportunity was spontaneous — as people were coming in for church, I pulled a branch flute and a maple G flute out of my purse and began to play a few hymns. Everyone seemed to like the […]

Waking the Spirit book cover

Music and healing

I’m always interested in the stories and testimonials I hear from people who use musical instruments — including my Native American-style flute and kanteles — in healing. Some of those who use music for healing are certified music therapists who work in hospitals, hospice facilities and other care facilities to help patients. So I was […]

wood flutes by Judy Robinson

Butternut Native American Style flutes

Making a family of butternut Native American-style flutes has been a delight. I call the butternut flutes a family because they came from the same slice of wood. Even within the same slice of wood, there are some differences in the coloring and grain. At the Harp Gathering, I sold some of the butternut flutes and […]

Kim Adamson and branch flute

Theme of Harp Gathering: enthusiasm for music

The major theme at the Harp Gathering is sharing our enthusiasm for music. Performers at the concerts demonstrate the wide range of music genres and playing techniques. A highlight was hearing Louise Trotter play. At 92, Louise has been an inspiration to many of the harp players here. She was a guest in their college harp […]

Judy with 2 harps

Harp Gathering 2016

The Harp Gathering, in Archbold, Ohio, is providing me with the opportunity to share my musical instruments and have the joy of hearing how well my WrenSong Native American-style flutes sound when played with the harp. The first night I improvised with two harp players, Suzie and Cathy. We played “Amazing Grace” and “Greensleeves.” This […]