Norm Williams serves as board operator and host of WDIY's Wednesday broadcast of Fresh Air with Terry Gross. Norm is also an occasional music host, filling in for Tom Druckenmiller on WDIY's Wednesday night folk program, In the Tradition.
Norm is a performer/teacher of the mountain dulcimer who also plays guitar, banjo, ukulele, native flute and vocals. Old-Time Appalachian fiddle and gospel songs and tunes as well as other folk styles influence his playing and singing. He recently released his first solo recording entitled “…a wayfarer; songs of hope and encouragement.”
He is a co-founder of The Pocono Dulcimer Club and a coordinator of their DulcimerFest held annually in Stroudsburg, PA: a co-founder of the Maiden Creek Old Time Music Festival held annually the 2nd weekend in July. Norm began teaching mountain dulcimer in 2002 and has been faculty at festivals throughout the Northeast (including the Pocono Winter DulcimerFest; DAA Mountain Dulcimer Music Fest, August Dulcimer Days, Maiden Creek Old Time Festival & Augusta Heritage Center, WV). Additionally, he coordinates music for Quiet Valley Historical Farm & Living History Museum in Stroudsburg for their annual Harvest Festival in October, Old Time Christmas caroling in December and their Music in the Valley program in July.
Norm also performs and records with the bands Wayfarers & Company, Tom & Betty Druckenmiller, and most recently with Cliff Cole & Rob Yoder in the band, Dulcimer Boys ...and in lots of informal old time string bands who jam at Farmers Markets and the like throughout the Lehigh Valley.
Norm resides in Breinigsville, PA with his wife, Erin.