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Vince Conaway

Vince Conaway is a hammered dulcimer player, performing throughout the world and composing along the way. Often describing his style as "neo-medieval", he combines Celtic, Early Music, and modern influences into a unique and timeless form. From art galleries to renaissance faires, street performances to coffee houses, Europe to the Americas, he adds a touch of soothing melody to his surroundings.

Vince began his musical explorations on mandolin and cittern while in college at Ohio State, based on childhood piano lessons. Getting his first gig playing traditional Celtic music at the Ohio Renaissance Festival in 1998, he went on to broaden his touring horizons across the eastern US. He originally took up the dulcimer as a hobby but found it capturing his imagination so thoroughly that it became his primary instrument.

He began composing his own material in 2004, broadening himself from being an exclusively traditional player. The next year he began touring with the Aerial Angels, musically accompanying their acrobatic and aerial feats. He first traveled to Europe as a tourist in 2006, which inspired several pieces, and returned that summer on tour with the Angels.

It was during that tour that he first experimented with street performing, also called busking. Those experiments formed the basis for four months of performing in Italy in 2007, where he composed the material for “L’Inverno Italiano”. Since then he has returned to Italy numerous times, as well as performing in Greece, Croatia, Argentina, Canada, and Chile.

Vince currently divides his year between the renaissance festival circuit, Canada, Europe, and occasional tours of South America. Throughout his travels he also offers a sporadic schedule of art gallery, coffee shop, and house concert performances. Keep an eye on his website for schedule and musical updates!