“"Stringfield, as a group, has captured the history and beauty of the hammered dulcimer. Their musical expertise, in this genre, will keep this music alive for generations to come.. . no strings attched. "” - Americanna Magness - Branson Arts Council Board of Directors, Old Stone Church Community Concerts.
— Americanna Magness
Victoria Johnson hails from Springfield, MO: in addition to the Hammered Dulcimer, she plays the guitar, Celtic fiddle, and nyckelharpa. She has won SW regional competition and Oklahoma State on the dulcimer as well as traveling to Japan in 2003 to play at the Isaseki Bon Festival.
Victoria is also a working artist. She recently completed 4 image / poetry books with her longtime friend Patrick Harvey. She works in pen & ink, Copic markers and digital images.
Barry Smith from Ozark, Missouri and started playing guitar at the age of 13, and first performed at church about a year later. He was bitten by the guitar bug .
He moved a bit but on return to Missouri to finish school, he started joining bluegrass bands and has played in numerous configurations in the Springfield and Joplin area for the last 45 years. He also developed an interest in Celtic music during that time and subsequently joined Stringfield intermittently about 15 years ago.
Melissa Clyde cellist is a Springfield native. She’s played cello for over two decades in various groups all across Southwest Missouri. She graduated from Missouri State University with a Bachelor of Science in Criminology and a minor in music. Since graduating college she's pursued playing by ear with local bands, accompanied singer Michael Bublé, and the band Kansas. Currently she works full time at a hospital, teaches private cello lessons, plays at the Downtown Church, volunteers at Elkdog Medicine Inc., and occasionally photographs weddings and portraits. Her life motto is, "Embrace life and be as confident as you want to be because, honestly, you've earned it."
- Old-Time Music Ozark Heritage Festival in West Planes MO. They have performed in various configurations for many years.
- ArtFest on Walnut Street in Springfield MO for many years.
- Cider Days on Walnut Street, Springfield, MO for many years.
- Victoria has taught workshops at the Ozark Folk Center State Park located in Mountain View, Arkansas
- Plum Nellie Days- several years
- Hollister Area Chamber of Commerce “Hattitude Ball,” held at the Keeter Center of College Of the Ozarks. - several years.
- 2009 when the Smithsonian Roots Music exhibition came to Forsyth they were part of the performing artist in Music at the Cabin at Shadow Rock Park featuring Celtic, British, and American ballads.
- ”The Old Stone Church” community concerts.
- Bon Festival, Isesaki, Japan, Sister City exchange.
- “The Ray House”, located inside Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield National Park. - several years
- Wilson’s creek celebrating its 150th year.
- Empire Fair Stage performance.
- Private events.
- Farmers Market of the Ozarks - several years.
You can hear some samples at our website: http://www.thestringfieldband.com Our style ranges from Celtic, a smidge of Bluegrass, a bit of Old-Time, and experimenting with a new classical piece. Victoria is also learning new Swedish pieces to be incorporated into the group; she received a Nyckelharpa from cousins in Sweden. It has a sound that is rustic and a bit haunting.