Since 2010, Fran and her husband, Don McCoy have been playing together as Moment in Thyme. They enjoy playing folk, old time, Appalachian and gospel music. They are presently part of a Christian ministry and often play at assisted living and nursing homes. Music is very much a part of their lives. They are active members of several dulcimer societies in Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana. Moment in Thyme has release several CD’s.
Fran McCoy started playing mountain/lap dulcimer in 1977. She has won several awards over the years. In 1994 Sunset Dawn had their first performance at the Caesar Creek Old Time Music Festival and play there every year. Sunset Dawn performed at numerous festivals, weddings, organizations and various other events until recently when one of their members passed away.
Presently, Fran is part of The Vivaldis, a dulcimer ensemble that started in 2009 playing primarily classical selections using soprano, standard and baritone dulcimers to play 2-, 3-, and 4-part arrangements. They also love to include occasional foreign, contemporary and traditional tunes.
Don McCoy played his first gig at ten years old in Kettering, Ohio on the Kenny Roberts Show, channel 7. He has played venues from Hawaii, California, back to Ohio and across the Appalachians. Don participated in the folk music scene in San Francisco Bay area in the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s and was a member of several groups at those times. He purchased his first mountain dulcimer in 1975 from Michael Ruggs. In 1998 Don returned to Ohio and connected festivals. He enjoys singing and playing guitar, mountain dulcimer, and mandolin. Musical influences include B. Dylan, J.Fogarty, K. Kristofferson, T. Paxton, J. Prine, G. Lightfoot, J. Cash and more.