Her unusual and lyrical approach to the dulcimer especially delights audiences and has even won over curmudgeons who swore they hated hammered dulcimer! Most of her traditional material has been gleaned from her two and a half year sojourn in Europe with late partner Robert Almblade, whom she performed and wrote with for over a decade, as well as playing at Irish sessions around the United States. The material is largely Celtic and her involvement with that genre colors her original work. As a relative newcomer to the performing songwriting genre, Cruso has been surprising fans around the country with the fact that she is a poetic lyricist, a powerfully expressive singer and a strong guitar player. Her lyrics explore love, loss and regeneration and convey a compelling sense of longing. She regularly uses open tunings which allow her to find rich voicings to the chords she uses. Carolyn Cruso has been performing professionally in both the United States and Europe for close to two decades as a multi- instrumentalist playing hammered dulcimer, various flutes, guitar and vocals.
She is now celebrating the release of her new instrumental recording, Boundless, a collection of original compositions for solo hammered dulcimer. Reviewers are calling it "intricate", "joyous", "complex" and "evocative". She is currently working on a new songwriter project to be released sometime in 2007. Carolyn's performances have been called powerful and emotionally provocative.
Her lyrics are thoughtful, poetic and possess a compelling sense of longing. Her vocals are tough and tender. Her guitar chordings have been described as delicious and her playing is dynamic and expressive. Read more on Last.fm.
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