Pilot Mountain Bowed Dulcimer Festival, 2016

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Pilot Mountain Bowed Dulcimer Festival, 2016

Postby Ken Bloom » Sat Nov 14, 2015 9:35 am

I am very happy to announce that the 12th Annual Pilot Mountain Bowed Dulcimer Festival will take place here in Pilot Mountain, NC on April 8, 9, and 10, 2016. You can get all the details at http://www.boweddulcimer.org. The hotel is ready for reservations and be sure to tell them you are coming for the festival as they are giving us a special rate for the rooms. This is the only "bowed-only" event of the year and is a great opportunity to check out all the different models of bowed dulcimers, meet the players, and generally have a great time. We jam every night at the hotel and all instruments are welcome at the jam. If you are in the area and want to come by and check it out, please do so!

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Re: Pilot Mountain Bowed Dulcimer Festival, 2016

Postby Robin T » Fri Dec 04, 2015 11:38 am

Got my fingers crossed that I'll be able to get back to Pilot Mountain in '16!
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Re: Pilot Mountain Bowed Dulcimer Festival, 2016

Postby Ken Bloom » Fri Dec 04, 2015 11:51 am

That would be great Robin! We've all missed seeing you. I hope it works out.

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Re: Pilot Mountain Bowed Dulcimer Festival, 2016

Postby Ken Bloom » Tue Apr 12, 2016 8:44 am

We had a great 12th festival with many surprise extras. Ryan Koons was there with his nyckelharpa. Many of the bowed dulcimer players had never seen or heard one and it was a real treat to have someone as good as Ryan there to play. We did more Swedish music than at any other festival I've been to. Ryan's friend Niccolo added a lot too. He is a gamba player and was using Ryan's bowed dulcimer to excellent advantage. Niccolo also demonstrated an amazing horsehair fiddle from Kazakstan that when played, imitates Tuvan styule throat singing. Really amazing.
The ensemble pieces came off very well and this year we not only had a bigger turnout but a lot of new people. We upped the beginner's sessions to two and Marsha Harris took the second one. I think all those beginners appreciated two different teaching styles and they seemed to do so well when we all got together. All in all, it was a wonderful weekend and I hope a few of the folks that couldn't make it this year will be able to come next year. My hearty thanks goes out to all the participants and the wonderful folks here in Pilot Mountain, NC that make it possible to do the festival. See you next year!

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