Weddings

You want your wedding to be special and memorable! Live music can help set the perfect mood and add magic and elegance to the occasion. The hammered dulcimer is a beautiful instrument that delights the eyes and ears. It can be used solo for smaller gatherings or in ensemble. It blends beautifully with harpguitar and accordion (which sounds much like a small organ - perfect for outdoor settings!)

Choosing a musical duo is the post popular option for its affordability and variety. As a duo, I often play with my husband Paul Oorts. Between us, we can play hammered dulcimer, flute, harpguitar, and accordion to provide a varied and rich selection of music. I can also work with other musicians to custom fit the occasion. Sound reinforcement is available for an extra fee.

"I cannot thank you enough for playing so beautifully at our wedding. People are still commenting on the unique instruments and the selections that were played. You made my dream of a "non-traditonal" wedding come true."

-- K.B.

Here are a selection of short, at-home recordings, so you can get an idea of the options available:

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"I can't say enough about how magical our ceremony and reception were due in large part to the beautiful music provided by the 'Karen Ashbrook Trio'. We were worried that it may be too much to have the same musicians play both venues but they are so talented. Karen and Paul play more than one instrument so the music was so varied, our guests did nothing but rave about how wonderful the musicians were. The ambiance in the Wine Press at Mrs. Ks just made the musical experience that more intimate. They have such a great style range that I highly recommend them for any special event."

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"Karen was great. She provided different music chioces that I would enjoy at my wedding. She chose the perfect sets to do for each part of the wedding. She alternated between dulcimer and the flute for variety. My husband and I were very pleased."

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"We hired Karen Ashbrook, Paul Oorts, and Andrea Hoag as ceremony musicians for our wedding on May 5th and were very pleased with their performance. Our ceremony was in an outdoor, un-amplified space which posed no problems for the group. My husband and I didn't know exactly what kind of music we wanted so Karen and Andrea were very kind to play some tunes for us and have us provide them feedback on what we liked most. The harp guitar, dulcimer, and fiddle were a beautiful combination. I'd highly recommend them if you're looking for something more unique than Pachelbel's cannon in D that is still accessible and fun."

R. 10/31/2011

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"Karen and Paul's music (hammered dulcimer and accordion in our case) was an absolute highlight of our wedding. Karen and Paul helped us pick the perfect repertoire of songs, and were a delight to work with from start to finish. We couldn't have imagined anything better to set the tone for our ceremony. We're so happy we found them!" 

J.F. 8/22/2010

 

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"Karen plays the hammered dulcimer and she does so beautifully. The sound of the instrument and the songs that she played really added to the atmosphere of our wedding ceremony. She was easy to work with and did a wonderful job."

S.L. 10/11/2009