Lance Frodsham decided he wanted to be a dulcimer player when he heard the music of Richard Fariña in high school. He hitchhiked up the Pacific Coast Highway in order to meet him, only to learn that Fariña had died two years earlier in a tragic motorcycle accident. Nevertheless, Lance moved to the Monterey Peninsula, bought a dulcimer and began to make the journey to the Capritaurus dulcimer store in the Santa Cruz Mountains.
In 1983, Lance recorded his first album for the Kicking Mule record label. It was produced by Irish fiddle player Kevin Burke who introduced him to multi instrumentalist Sylvia Hackathorn. Lance and Sylvia have performed and recorded together ever since. They were both in the Portland Ceilidh band No Seamus as well as the duo Over Nine Waves.
Lance has written two books for Mel Bay Publishing, The English Dulcimer (a collection of English Country Dance Tunes) and English Songs and Ballads for Appalachian Dulcimer. Both books have accompanying recordings. Lance and Sylvia have appeared on multiple recordings as well as having recorded two CDs as a duo.
Lance has taught Appalachian dulcimer workshops around the country including New York, North Carolina, Wisconsin, California, Oregon and Washington. He is a regular participant in the Kindred Gathering, a group of dulcimer players and other musicians who camp and perform somewhere on the west coast each summer. Lance teaches workshops on a regular basis at Dusty Strings in Seattle and teaches both guitar and dulcimer to individual students in Vancouver Washington. In addition to the mountain dulcimer and guitar, Lance plays keyboards, épinette des Vosges and the Hungarian cittra.
Lance plays guitar and dulcimer with the UMC Plain Truth band as well as with Sylvia in Over Nine Waves.