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Mike Berst

Dulcimer Artist and Story Teller

"By far the finest dulcimer playing I have ever heard"
Dave Higgs, "Bluegrass Breakdown" WPLN, Nashville

You can order CDs from King Orchards, a small family fruit farm in northern Michigan:

Order Mike Berst CDs online or call 877-937-5464 or send a check or MO to King Orchards, 4620 N. M-88, Central Lake MI 49622.

The Music of Mike Berst

Read what the critics are saying...

"Mike Berst's performance this weekend is the 'don't miss' concert event of the year."

Bob Talbert, Detroit Free Press

"I love Mike Berst's music. The man is a virtuoso and then some. This is by far the finest dulcimer playing I have ever heard. He has complete command of the instrument, an ear for the melody, the ability to create interesting variations and improvisations, and the chops to play ANY kind of music and make it sound great."

Dave Higgs, "Bluegrass Breakdown" WPLN, Nashville

"Mike gives the music of the Civil War a plaintive and powerful rendition like no other artist I have ever heard."

Kent Anderson, KCSC, Oklahoma, "Different Roads"

"I fell in love with Berst's playing about 3 seconds into 'Aura Lee.' He has a truly fine touch."

Dan Foster, "Folkways" KUT-Austin

"I listened to STAR OF THE COUNTY DOWN over and over. . .and LOVED it. I plan to play lots of cuts from it on an on going basis"

Jay Dooling, KPFT, Houston "Irish Aires"

"Berst really nails it. His technical control is not only precise and tasteful, but he plays with convincing soul. He's got the talent, he's got all the licks. It really comes together. Mike has great chops"

Rick Gardner, "Pickin' and Swingin" KPFT, Houston

"It is simply great music. What more can you say?"

Kinney Rorrer WVTF, West Wirginia, "Back to the Blue Ridge"

"He reminds me so very much of a cymbalom player with his elaborate ornamentation, and complex chording and rhythms."

Richard Beard, WNCW, North Carolina, "Celtic Winds"

"The arrangement of Under the Double Eagle is just extraordinary. What is amazing is his ability to play so many different styles of music, and so well."

Wanda Fischer, WAMC, New York, "Hudson River Sampler"

For years Mike has donated his time to eldercare facilities, often spending 2 or 3 hours at each playing and talking with the residents, and has played in hundreds of nusring homs and senior living faciities.

"He's an artist, a teacher, an historian, an appreciator of music. He held their attention superbly. God bless him!"

Sister Theresa Michael, Kundig Eldercare Center, Detroit