A second-generation Mountain Dulcimer player, Quintin incorporates a
solid foundation in traditional music with dynamic, innovative
techniques to create a fresh approach to the instrument. Building
upon the divergent influences of Force & d'Ossché and those of his
father, Ed Stephens, Quintin embodies a high level of driving energy
and technical musical artistry. But beyond the merely pyroclastic,
woven throughout his pieces are melodic refrains, which make his music
highly approachable. He redefines the dulcimer's unique musical voice
in the larger context of contemporary composition.
Quintin got an early start on dulcimer at the age of eight and has played
and given workshops on the instrument for more than 25 years. Along the
way, he also became a Blues/Rock and Slide guitar player, bringing many
of the techniques and tricks over from guitar to the dulcimer. Especially
recognized for his double-stop and two-handed-tapping techniques, he
has no qualms about freely adapting styles to create the music he hears
in his head.
In July of 2003, Quintin’s first solo recording was released, entitled
"Under the Porch Light" (available through www.BlaineStreet.com). This
is a dynamite recording with more energy than a hurricane. Full of
blazing licks that will knock your socks off -- with twelve all-new
originals and one blast from the past. It's a nod to the traditional
with one finger on the photon disrupter. Helping out on this album is
the indomitable Robert Force, along with a host of other excellent
musicians such as David Michael, Gary Romjue, Joe Breskin, Baila Dworsky,
and Janette Force. This is a collection of music that will put fire in
your pants and bounce in your step. "Blow on that boy's fingers, Fanny,
they done got themselves almost meltified!"
"Quintin has excelled in creativity and technique. [He] has gone far
beyond his mentors." -- Alan Darveaux
"He uses the dulcimer to paint scenes and pictures in our minds.
Quintin's playing is dynamic, rhythmic, high-energy,
and masterful." -- Tull Glazener
"Quintin has his own expressive voice in mountain dulcimer playing.
The style Robert Force and Albert D’Ossché made famous in the ‘70s and
'80s has a very worthy successor to continue its evolution in Quintin.
[He] is able to produce great variety of sounds and moods because of his
many different playing techniques - and because of his expressive
playing." -- Lois Hornbostel
"Received your CD the other day and have been playing it in the truck
ever since..." -- Doug Felt