DK & the Joy Machine’s “quirky and smart” songs celebrate all the crucial things in life: unrequited love, falling in love with feral cats, and treating yourself with kindness. Known for her sultry, expressive voice, well crafted songs, and genreblending, innovative work on mountain dulcimer---plucking, strumming, bowing and “rocking out” on this trad instrument, “DK”'s music is at turns evocative, moving, playful and fun, and always genuine. Her first studio recording, the EP, "Love Harder," released in 2013, was described by VENTS magazine as "an album with heart, ...beauty, and passion. In every chord, note, or string you can feel poetry, sincerity, greatness... a record to closely pay attention to and be delighted by.” Her new album, Shy One, has been called “delightfully eclectic,” “intense, colorful and diverse ... a novel of sorts. Dark, light, humorous & humble. " Mid-East Mountain Dulcimer champion, “DK“ also won first place in the Great Trails Festival in her 20s. After being on hiatus for more than 15 years, she came back to performing with gusto in 2012, writing new, innovative material and further pushing the boundaries on the dulcimer. As a teen, "DK" made her first dulcimer out of cardboard, from a kit, with fret wires out of bent nails. Once she got her hands on a real wood dulcimer, she gave up guitar to focus exclusively on the instrument that stole her heart. Already an accomplished songwriter, while living in Dublin, Ireland, for 8 years she adopted Irish tunes for dulcimer, playing in trad sessions and Americana on stage, including with Hank Halfhead and the Rambling Turkeys. After returning to the US, she worked as a writer, union organizer, and activist. After being told by her cat (via a cat whisperer) that she should sing more and a statue of five Ganesha miraculously appeared in her home via an Indian holy man---each playing an instrument, DK took this and other signs as divine intervention and began singing and playing again, writing new material and performing out since April, 2012 at venues and festivals in NYC, Paris (France), Germany, Cambridge (MA), Washington, DC, and throughout the South.