W.Va. – Jim Good, of Roane County, received the 2017 Vandalia Award on Friday,
May 26, during the annual Vandalia Gathering at the State Capitol this year.
The Vandalia Award is the highest folk life award that is presented by the
state of West Virginia. It celebrates the heritage, spirit and wonder of
West Virginians who are dedicated to the preservation, promotion and
presentation of folk life traditions.
For over 44 years, Good has been playing and making dulcimers in the hills of
the Mountain State. A native of West Virginia, Good’s dulcimers have gained an
international reputation. His work is a tribute to his creativity, ingenuity
with his own touch with native West Virginia hardwoods and exotic woods, these
instruments produce one of the most unique sounds in the world. And, while
exceptional musicians treasure the dulcimers made by Good, there are many young
musicians whose first – only – and favorite dulcimer have come from Mastertone
Dulcimers. He handcrafts each dulcimer with a beautiful arched top and bottom,
producing one of the finest and most unique sounds of any dulcimer in the
and his wife, Brenda, have been inducted into the Mountain State Art &
Craft Fair Hall of Fame for their four decades of work with that event. Their
dulcimers have won numerous awards and are cherished by some of the greatest
dulcimers players in West Virginia and around the world. They have shared their
dulcimers with the public at nearly every Vandalia Gathering since the first
one in 1977.
mountain dulcimer is one of the only musical instruments that emerged from the
mountains of Appalachia and one of the few instruments that originated in the