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:
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User4593669 · 2+ years ago
We hired Greenwood Tree to perform at our garden wedding in Fall 2014 and it was the easiest and one of the very few non-agonizing decisions made in our wedding planning (I'm an indecisive procrastinator).
Professional- Very experienced (it was a big relief that they need little/no direction from me) and a have large repertoire that spans a lot of genres. I loved working with them: they were so nice, approachable, funny and flexible. For instance, they had no problem at all when I request they learn a new song and when I inserted an additional ceremony song a bit last-minute.
Easy to plan- they post their schedule, so it was easy to see if we fit their schedule and also to find a time to watch live performances before we made a decision (in addition to recordings on their website). I got a couple of quote for other musicians before I found Greenwood Tree. For a duo, I found their rates really reasonable.
Music- Obviously the most important aspect. What was the kicker for us when choosing them was their sound. The warmth of the guitar and the ability of the hammered dulcimer to combine clear, bell like sounds with a resonant quality was perfect for our garden setting. Also it was appealing to have something a little different in our wedding.
I highly recommend this group.
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!
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:
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.