Stu Janis, a hammered dulcimer player based in Hudson, Wisconsin, performs distinctive music for weddings and events as a solo musician or as part of the Greenwood Tree duo. Stu’s specialty is music of the British Isles, but he is happy to include classical favorites or learn new pieces. Stu can also incorporate other unusual instruments. When performing solo, Stu's hammered dulcimer's clear bell-like tones are soothing and relaxing. With Greenwood Tree, Bill Cagley’s guitar complements the dulcimer with a rich resonance that's perfect for weddings. This magical music provides an elegant ambience for an unforgettable wedding celebration.
Stu began playing hammered dulcimer in 1983 and has helped couples marry since 1985. He performs solo and as part of the Greenwood Tree duo, Eisner’s Klezmorim, and Neptune’s Keep. He also has accompanied many area choirs on innovative arrangements for choir and hammered dulcimer by Malcolm Dalglish or Diane Laura Rains. Stu’s repertoire of unusual and memorable instruments includes:
As a soloist or part of the Greenwood Tree duo, Stu plays music of the British Isles (Ireland, England, Scotland) along with classical music, such as Pachelbel’s “Canon in D,” Bach’s “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring,” Handel’s “Alla Hornpipe,” and Vivaldi’s “Spring.” He is available for ceremonies, cocktail hours, dinners, and receptions. If the occasion calls for folk dancing, Stu and Greenwood Tree can add a fiddler and a dance caller. Other services include:
Recommended by 100% of couples
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Michael · Married on 07/06/2018
We loved the unique sound that Stu provided for our wedding ceremony. We wouldn't recommend anybody else! Thanks again Stu!Sent on 09/10/2018
Bridget · Married on 10/21/2017
We wanted to thank you both for playing at our wedding this fall. We had numerous compliments for the wonderful music they played, we highly recommend them!Sent on 11/18/2017
Stu Janis's reply:Thank you for the review - we enjoyed being part of your wedding. The venue was delightful, and it was great to see people get up and dance at the reception!
Sara · Married on 07/14/2017
Bill and Stu were incredibly helpful and professional throughout my wedding planning phase and the actual ceremony. They even prepared a new song at my request, which they performed during the ceremony! Stu was very communicative in the months leading up to the ceremony, and he offered his professional suggestions when it came to the musical arrangement. Their sound is very beautiful and unique, which adds a memorable layer to any ceremony. Overall it was wonderful working with Greenwood Tree.Sent on 08/05/2017
Stu Janis Price Rates
Book ceremony music and we'll waive the $50 sound system fee if you also hire us for the cocktail hour or dinner.
Not valid with other discounts.