Recordings by Sweet Song String Band Schedule of Sweet Song String Band Performances Websites Recommended by Sweet Song String Band David's Dulcimers

The Sweet Song String Band specializes in the traditional music and popular music of 19th-century America. Originally composed of two hammered dulcimers and two Appalachian or lap dulcimers, the band took its name from the combination of a Latin word, "dulci", meaning "sweet", and a Greek word, "melos", meaning "sound", which comprise the word "dulcimer". Although other folk instruments in various combinations now round out Sweet Song String Band's sound, the "sweet sounds" of dulcimers are still at the heart of the band and shape its distinctive sound.

Since its origin in 1978, Sweet Song has played at historical celebrations such as Texas Independence Day at Washington-on-the-Brazos and Stephen F. Austin's 200th birthday celebration at San Felipe de Austin, music and folklife festivals such as the Sam Houston Folk Festival in Huntsville, Texas, the Origins of Texas Music Festival at Washington-on-the-Brazos and the Texas Folklife Festival in San Antonio, Texas, weddings and Christmas parties, concerts, picnics and most every other kind of gathering imaginable, across Texas and a few other states, such as the L'agniappe Dulcimer Fête in Port Allen, Louisiana, the Cranberry Dulcimer Gathering in Binghamton, New York, the Yellowbanks Dulcimer Festival in Owensboro, Kentucky and Civil War Re-enactments in Cumberland Gap, Tennessee, Pleasant Hill, Louisiana and Dallas, Texas. In recent years, the Sweet Song String Band has become one of the preeminent dance bands in the state, providing authentic 19th-century dance music, while Dance Master Karel Wheat instructs in and calls period dances, and has conducted 19th-century balls in San Antonio at the Menger Hotel, in Fort Worth at the White Elephant Saloon and the Remington Hotel, in Dallas at Samuell Farm, Old City Park and Arlington Hall, at Fort Davis' Old Fort Davis, Jacksboro's Fort Richardson, San Angelo's Fort Concho, Groesbeck's Old Fort Parker, and Liendo Plantation in Hempstead.

Members of the band are David Lindsey, playing the bouncy, rhythmic style of hammered dulcimer that keeps dancers moving and audiences tapping their feet, Annette Lindsey, keeping us all together playing piano and soloing on autoharp or lap dulcimer, Karel Wheat, playing bones, spoons, bodhran and limberjack or bass fiddle, when she's not teaching or calling dances, Larry Wheat playing fiddle, mandolin and guitar in a "ragged but right" style, and Betty Odum playing classic old-time clawhammer-style banjo, lap dulcimer and whistle.

We all love this old-time music because it is a reminder that there was a time when life was simple and music was a "homemade" thing to be played "just for the fun of it"!


Contact Information

We would truly enjoy performing for you, conducting your next ball or sharing one of our recordings with you. Please contact us for more information:

Larry Wheat

David Lindsey
637 S. E. 3rd Street 654 Acorn Lane
Grand Prairie, Texas 75051-2054 Bennington, Oklahoma 74723
972-262-2550 580-847-2822

Recordings by Sweet Song String Band
Schedule of Sweet Song String Band Performances
Websites Recommended by Sweet Song String Band
David's Dulcimers