Many of you reading this post may be doing so in response to my recent question to the Cyberpluckers (autoharp) forum about how many autoharp techniques I apply when I play. Yes, my own answer to the question is at
Lucille is in a class by herself when it comes to playing and teaching the dulcimer.
Norine Humm, Michigan
I have always believed in giving public credit to musicians whose talent and originality awe and inspire me, and one of the best is LUCILLE REILLY. She’s a master at both hammered dulcimer and autoharp. I love her magnificent technique, feeling for the music, and clever (often humorous) improvisations on well-known music.
Lois Hornbostel, North Carolina
I have absolute, open-mouthed (literally!) astonishment at the way Lucille took the simplest of jigs and turned it into a performance that was almost transcendent.
Tony Hessling, hammered dulcimer player, Indiana
I hear Lucille’s heart in her music.
Ben Buckles, hammered dulcimer player, Kansas
Lucille’s playing of the hammered dulcimer reminds me of a hummingbird whose wings you cannot see, only the flutter.
Sandy Jones, hammered dulcimer player, Michigan
Exuberant and lively…GREAT energy!!!
Kathy O’Hanlon, hammered dulcimer player, West Virginia
Lucille’s love for music is communicated with every fiber of her being…her instruments seem to become part of her body.
Dr. Evelyn Drake, friend and music aficionada, New Jersey
Magnificent, both in terms of musicianship and showmanship. Lucille has a special talent to raise people’s spirits and get them moving and smiling. How lucky the audience!
Jerry Wrzosek, hammered dulcimer player, Pennsylvania
Music drips from her fingers. Lucille Reilly is music.
Dr. John Williams, friend and music aficionado, Alabama
I will never forget the first time I heard Lucille play. It is right up there with the most outstanding performances I’ve ever heard (Victor Horowitz, Leon Fleisher, and James Galway, to name a few).
Kay Hooper, pianist and Alexander Technique clinician, Pennsylvania
A Denver musical icon…Holy mackerel!
John Kuzma, Minister of Music, Montview Presbyterian Church, Denver, CO
Anyone with that much talent should have been drowned at birth.
Bryan Bowers, acclaimed autoharpist and Autoharp Hall of Fame member
The best thing to walk into our studio in a few years.
Jim Ratts, Raven Recording, Colorado
Each of the four times I have seen Lucille perform, she has consistently wowed the audience with her musicality, technical expertise, and lively and engaging personality, drawing the audience in and sharing with them her love of music, her enthusiasm for her instruments, and her joy of performance.
Dorothy Westgate, Montgomery Cultural Center, New Jersey
Her incredible music blew away the whole church! We never imagined the hammered dulcimer and autoharp could play so diversely and musically.
Washington Park UCC Church, Denver, CO
Lucille performs with a skill and grace not usually heard (or seen)…a committed performer/teacher who strives for excellence, bringing wit and personality to her performances…delightful to listen to and a pleasure to watch.
June Van Thoen, Director, Music at Morristown (NJ) United Methodist Church
In addition to being talented, Lucille is also personable…the whole audience was drawn in to her performance.
Great Lakes Scottish Fiddle Club Newsletter, Illinois
Lucille’s arrangements are nothing short of stunning!
A true musical talent….Her hands produce really fine music.
Sierra Vista Herald, Arizona
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