Dalrymple MacAlpin is a professional composer, playwright, puppeteer, storyteller and poet. He has been writing and performing his own original works for over two decades. MacAlpin is also a visionary scholar who culls together the myriad forms of folklore, mythology, fairy tales, poetry and cunning riddles into a cohesive and exhaustively researched program of artistry, which delights and informs at the same time.
MacAlpin has scored, written, recorded and produced seven records, six of which were under the direction of his previous ensemble, Lasher Keen, (2006-2016.) Throughout its decade long reign, Lasher Keen toured extensively in Europe and America as well as collaborated and shared the stage with acts such as Terry Riley, Bonnie Prince Billy, Faun Fables, Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, Agalloch, Waldteufel, The Edmund Welles Quartet and Oz Fritz.
Inspired by Celtic and Germanic literature, MacAlpin has written, directed and scored two plays, beginning with The Middle Kingdom, in 2014 based on the Irish myth, Tochmarc Etaine and Make Believe in 2019 based on the nineteenth century Sisters Wild who lived next door to the Brothers Grimm. Both plays met with sold out performances and critical acclaim. When it comes to storytelling, MacAlpin has a particular fondness for myths, legends, folk-tales and brain teasing riddles from Ireland, Scotland and Wales. A Bard by his very nature, he accompanies his stories with a highly distinctive lyrical tenor and sprightly harp accompaniment.
MacAlpin studied puppetry in the Czech Republic at the distinguished Puppets in Prague international institute with notable Czech puppet masters Miroslav Trejtnar and Vaclav Krcal. While there, MacAlpin focused on puppetry design, traditional hand carving techniques, and experimental manipulation practices in order to ingrain a living consciousness into his idiosyncratic and highly individualized puppets. He also toured over a dozen puppet theaters in Prague, Dusseldorf, Augsburg and Salzburg.
MacAlpin studied music composition, orchestration, theory, analysis and history independently with Dr. Jane Stave-Viemeister. Writing and arranging scores for several theatrical stage works, including Howard Zinn’s Emma, he also trained privately with operatic vocal instructors Professor Lee Hoffman, Dolli Melaine and basso profundo oktavist John Ames.
Dalrymple MacAlpin is a proud affiliate of The Irish Literary Society, The Puppeteers of America, The National Storytelling Network and The Nevada County Arts Council. He works out of his private studio, The Hollow Hill, located in the Sierra Foothills of Northern California.