Lisa & Heather Malyuk are celebrated performing artists in the U.S. and abroad. These young musicians have received much positive acclaim for their interpretation of old-time Appalachian, Celtic, world and original folk music. The girls' performances feature an articulate hammered dulcimer coupled with inventive guitar playing and are spiked with dynamic tunes on the fiddle and banjo uke. Lisa & Heather exude musical maturity and ingenuity during their sets of eclectic folk tunes while preserving the history of the music and carrying the traditions into the future. Their ever growing repertoire of energetic reels and jigs, bittersweet waltzes, driving international rhythms and old-fashioned sacred music is a must hear!
Lisa & Heather were both home educated from kindergarten through high-school which allowed them to focus their creative abilities on music and the performing arts. Both girls were introduced to the piano at age 4. A few years later, Lisa began taking flute lessons and Heather began her study of the violin. After some time, Lisa became discontent with the classical scene and had the opportunity to purchase a hammered dulcimer; the instrument that was bought on a whim became the joy of her musical career. Lisa began taking lessons from hammered dulcimer virtuoso, Tina Bergmann, and quickly developed into a proficient player. It was not long before Heather purchased a guitar in order to collaborate with Lisa in folk music. Heather took guitar lessons from Tina Bergmann, as well, and joint lessons under Tina's guidance encouraged the girls to explore and develop their take on traditional folk tunes. While Lisa has shifted her entire focus to music on the hammered dulcimer, Appalachian dulcimer and banjo-uke, Heather has continued to progress on violin, guitar, fiddle and nyckelharpa. As well as staying occupied with their busy performance and teaching schedules, Lisa & Heather also pursue lives outside of music. Lisa is a Registered Dietitian and Heather is a doctor of Audiology currently practicing in Chicago.
Lisa & Heather have independently recorded and produced three folk albums, "13 Tunes", "Summer's End" and "Stella" as well as "Merry Christmas from Lisa & Heather Malyuk" which was released at Walt Disney World.
Lisa & Heather can be seen and heard at numerous music venues, art galleries, coffee houses, wineries, farmers' markets, festivals and other cultural events throughout northeast Ohio and beyond. Lisa & Heather had the pleasure of appearing on the Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour in Lexington, Kentucky, and were privileged to participate in the first annual Causeway Dulcimer Festival in Bushmills, Northern Ireland. Lisa placed first in the Mid-Eastern Regional Hammered Dulcimer Competition and went on to place fourth in the National Hammered Dulcimer Championships in Winfield, Kansas. Lisa & Heather have been among the prestigious staff at both the Upper Potomac Dulcimer Festival in Shepherdstown, West Virginia and the Great American Dulcimer Convention in Pineville, Kentucky. The girls' notable past performances include the Kent State Folk Festival, Dulci-More Festival in Lisbon, Ohio, the Swannanoa Gathering in Asheville, North Carolina and Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, just to name a few. Lisa & Heather Malyuk have received much positive acclaim during their career thus far & look forward to continuing with many musical ventures in the years to come.