A founding person in Magical Strings, the harp and hammered dulcimer duo he formed along with his wife Pam, Philip Boulding has combined jazz and classical level of sensitivity having a scholarly knowledge of Celtic music. On his 1988 single recording, Harp, Boulding explored the melodic likelihood of his multi-stringed device. Boulding was raised in an extremely educational atmosphere. His parents, who have been university professors, writers and peacefulness activists, had been both nominated to get a Nobel Peace Reward. As a young child, he spent prolonged intervals in Jamaica and Japan. Learning traditional violin at age six, Boulding turned to electric guitar six years afterwards. By enough time he is at senior high school, he was skillfully building his very own guitars. Finding the hammered dulcimer, he constructed a musical instrument and trained himself to try out. After moving towards the Northwest in 1974, he noticed a Celtic harp performed at a folk music gathering. Fascinated with the device, he journeyed to Ireland and Scotland to analyze their musical customs and their instrumentation. Furthermore to learning music on the Boston Conservatory as well as the School of Washington’s EthnoMusicology Section, he examined privately with traditional and jazz harpers and with experts from the Rumanian cymbalom, African kora and Madagascan valiha. Boulding fulfilled his upcoming wife when she signed up for a hammered dulcimer course that he was teaching. These were wedded in 1980 and documented their debut record being a duo, Cup House, the next year.