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23-25 February, 2018Ohio Valley Gathering Lexington, KY

Ohio Valley Gathering

23-25 February, 2018


The Ohio Valley Gathering or OVG is an annual gathering of music lovers of the dulcimer and other fine instruments. There will be a concert on both Friday and Saturday evening. Workshops all day Saturday. Hymn sing on Sunday morning. Jamming all weekend. Vendors!

Times/hours/schedule: Feb. 23 Noon till concert concludes in the evening
Feb. 24 Workshops 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with concert in the evening.
Feb. 25 Hymn sing at 9 a.m.

Cost: $12.00 registration. Instructors and members of the Friends of OVG have a free weekend.

Getting more information

Contact: Martha Richard
Call: 502-833-3240
Email: weaverscorner [at] bardstowncable [dot] net

Venue Information

369 West Vine Street
Lexington, KY 40507
United States

Directions: Go to Hilton-Downtown Lexington for travel directions.

Other comments: The instructors and performers are all volunteers. Please support them.

24 February, 201819th Annual Mid-Winter Dulcimer Festival Shelby, NC

19th Annual Mid-Winter Dulcimer Festival

24 February, 2018


Great one day festival. This year's clinicians include Lorinda Jones, Larry Conger, Joe Collins, Tim Simek, Melanie & Mack Johnston, Katie Waldren, Deby Libby, and Linda Smith. Four workshop periods and a choice of 24 different workshops. Also a great lunch and two concerts.

Times/hours/schedule: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Cost: Pre-registration through Feb 16 - $45 (includes lunch!)
Registration or at-the-door (after Feb 16) - $55 (does not include lunch)

Getting more information

Contact: Joe Collins
Call: 704-472-9791
Email: dulciman [at] bellsouth [dot] net

Venue Information

1050 Sam Lattimore RD
Shelby, NC 28150
United States

Other comments: Due to the popularity of this festival, some classes may fill up, so early registration is highly recommended.

You can register and pay online at the festival website, or you can choose to pay by check if you prefer.

7-11 March, 2018Buckeye Dulcimer Festival Ashley, OH

Buckeye Dulcimer Festival

7-11 March, 2018


The Buckeye Dulcimer Festival features an extended schedule starting on Wednesday evening continuing into Thursday and Friday with 5 hours of intensive instruction each day on hammered dulcimer (Dee Dee Tibbits, Ilace Mears, Joyce Harrison, Chris Steiner), mountain dulcimer (Aaron O'Rourke, Heidi Muller, Joe Steiner, Diane Hochstetler), autoharp (Charles Whitmer), and Band-it! (multi-instrument) (Shari Wolf) classes.
Beginning Friday afternoon, BDF moves to a 'festival' type format with concerts, mini sessions on Saturday, vendors, and Sunday Gospel Sing.
Meals are included with registration. Affordable onsite housing is an option.

Times/hours/schedule: Registration Options: There are five registration packages:
Extended Pkg 1: Includes 11 meals, 4 nights lodging, 10 hr. instruction, Sat. sessions, & concerts
Extended Pkg 2: Includes 11 meals, 10 hr. instruction, Sat. sessions & concerts, no lodging
Weekend Pkg 3: Includes 5 meals, 2 nights lodging, Fri. night events, Sat. sessions & concerts
Weekend Commuter Pkg 4: Includes 5 meals, Fri. night events, Sat. sessions & concerts, no lodging
Saturday: Includes 2 meals, sessions & concert

Cost: Special Early Bird Pricing until December 10 with registration paid in full.
Pricing after December 10:
Pkg. 1 $395
Pkg. 2 $295
Pkg. 3 $245
Pkg. 4 $205
Saturday Only $90

Getting more information

Contact: Shari Wolf
Call: 9372955253
Email: buckeyedulcimer [at] yahoo [dot] com

Venue Information

7700 Piper Road
Ashley, OH 43003
United States

Directions: Recreation Unlimited is located just west of I-70 about 30 miles north of Columbus, Ohio.

Other comments: The Buckeye Dulcimer Festival has so many features but our main focus has always been the participant by providing a variety of registration options, many opportunities to be around great instructors in a variety of settings, and finally, the 'feeling of family.' Come join us!

8-11 March, 201817th Annual Lagniappe Dulcimer Fete Port Allen, LA

17th Annual Lagniappe Dulcimer Fete

8-11 March, 2018


"Bon Anniversaire Lagnaippe". "Save the date" for our annual dulcimer and acoustic music festival in the greater Baton Rouge area. Our dulcimer club is turning 20 years old and we are having a grand birthday party with a Cajun twist on the Mississippi River in Louisiana. Join us for a good time with workshops and concerts for mountain dulcimer and hammered dulcimer as well as other acoustic instruments.

Many special activities are planned including a traditional Appalachian Square Dance Friday Afternoon led by Steve Bing, fiddler and professional square dance caller and also "Picnic Lunch and Jam on the Mississippi Levee" on Saturday and Cajun music jam on Friday. Join the competition for our 4th Annual Louisiana State Dulcimer Championship on Thursday..

This year we offer four extended and optional workshops Thursday afternoon including: "Dulcimer/all instrument Intermediate Orchestra" led by Steve Seifert, Adv Beg/Novice Workshop "Let's Play" led by Margaret Wright, "Keyboard Backup" for all musicians by Annette Lindsey and "Cook like a Cajun." Fees apply; you must pre-register.

Want to learn the hammered dulcimer? Beginning hammered dulcimer workshops are offered on Friday and Saturday morning - we will loan you a dulcimer.

The fete closes with a Sunday Gospel Sing at 9:00 am.

We have a stellar line-up of featured performers and supporting workshop leaders. Headliners for 2018 fete are: Steve Bing, Linda Brockinton, Karen Daniels, Sam Edelston, Steve Heiser, Erin Mae Lewis, Steve Seifert, Rick Thum, Tish Westman, Margaret Wright.

Supporting workshops will be led by: Rob Angus, Donna Bing, Chuck Daniels, Denise Guillory, Pam Kaster, Annette Lindsey, David Lindsey, Terry McCafferty, Jak Stallings.

In addition to dulcimers, workshops for acoustic instruments are as well as fiddle, autoharp, ukulele, guitar, banjo, mandolin, penny whistle, bowed psaltery, sacred harp singing. Refer to WEB site for skill levels taught.

We have a new Cajun vendor for meals (must pre-order by Feb 17), vendors, raffle, mini-concerts, open stage, both slow cookin' and fast jams, convenient RV camping on-site..

Times/hours/schedule: Thursday afternoon workshop are 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm. 4th Annual Louisiana State Dulcimer Championship is 3:15 p.m. Evening concert at 7:00 pm. Friday and Saturday workshops, vendors and mini-concerts from 8:30 am - 6:00 pm and evening concerts at 7:00 pm. Sunday morning gospel jam at 9:00 am.

Cost: $95.00 weekend player prior to Feb 17; $100.00 if registered after Feb 17. Weekend Jammers $55.00. Weekend non-player $15.00 Thursday pre-fete workshops are: Intermediate Dulcimer/All Instrument Orchestra ($15), Adv Beg/Novice Dulcimer workshop ($15), Keyboard Bac-Up ($17) and "Cook like a Cajun" ($25, includes all foods and supplies). Dulcimer competition entrance fee is $15. Individual concert tickets at the door for non-registered family and friends are $10.00 each.

Getting more information

Contact: Maylee Samuels
Call: 225-924-6063
Email: mayleesam [at] aol [dot] com

Venue Information

749 N. Jefferson Avenue
Port Allen, LA 70767
United States

Directions: DIRECTIONS to FETE:
From the East on I-10: Port Allen Exit 153, KEEP IN RIGHT LANE; take ramp right onto SR-1 for 1.3 miles, Turn Right (East) onto Oregon Ave for 0.3 Miles, Turn Left onto Jefferson for 0.1 miles. Community Center is on the Left. From the West on I-10: Exit 153, turn left onto SR-1 and continue same as above.

8-11 March, 2018Hindman Dulcimer Homecoming Hindman, KY

Hindman Dulcimer Homecoming

8-11 March, 2018


Join us in historic downtown Hindman, KY for a gathering celebrating the mountain dulcimer! Attendees will enjoy nightly concerts, dulcimer workshops and seminars, interactive demonstrations and exhibits, networking opportunities, and lots more!

Cost: Full Registration (includes all meals, classes, and three-nights lodging): $250

Getting more information

Contact: Josh Mullins
Call: (606) 785-5475
Email: jsmullins [at] hindmansettlement [dot] org

Venue Information

Hindman Settlement School
Hindman, KY 41822
United States
9-11 March, 2018Upper Potomac Spring Dulcimer Fest Shepherdstown, WV

Upper Potomac Spring Dulcimer Fest

9-11 March, 2018


Spring Music Weekend - March 9-11, 2018
Workshops, classes, concerts and jam sessions for hammered dulcimer, fiddle, and mixed instruments with special guest instructors including hammered dulcimer players Karen Alley, Tina Bergmann, and Mick Doherty; plus Cape Breton fiddlers Troy McGillivray and Andrea Beaton on fiddle and piano, teaching a Cape Breton music class for all instruments. Special Guest Artist will be Persian santur player Roya Bahrami, and others, TBA. Rental instruments are available.

Times/hours/schedule: Friday, March 9, from 1pm- Sunday, March 11 at 4pm.

See webpage for detailed schedule.

Cost: A weekend tuition fee of $190 ($175 Early Bird Tuition Rate until February 15th) covers all program events including the evening concert, sessions and 8 hours of instruction in classes and workshops. Partial weekend tuition options are also available. For partial weekend fees, see the application form.
The Friday afternoon class is an additional $50 for full-weekend students.

Getting more information

Contact: Joanie Blanton
Call: 3042632531
Email: upperpotomac [at] gmail [dot] com

Venue Information

210 N. King Street
Shepherdstown, WV 25443
United States

Directions: Several venues are used throughout the weekend. The concert takes place at the Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church, at 100 W Washington Street. All venues are in walking distance.

Other comments: Workshops take place in the relaxed, retreat setting of the Shepherd University campus and surrounding historic buildings. Shepherdstown is a oldest town in West Virginia and has many quaint shops and restaurants. All weekends have classes for other instruments as well, so other family members can participate.

24 March, 2018Brett Ridgeway's Day of Unique & Innovative Workshops Winter Haven, FL

Brett Ridgeway's Day of Unique & Innovative Workshops

24 March, 2018


Brett Ridgeway's Day of Unique & Innovative Workshops

1. Overcoming the Fear of Playing in Public
2. Canoodling Your Noodle - Embellishment on the Fly
3. Playing With Emotion
4. Learning to Play by Ear

Times/hours/schedule: 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Cost: $50

Getting more information

Website: http://brettridgewaymusic,com
Contact: Brett Ridgeway
Call: 724-777-5234
Email: fbridgeway [at] juno [dot] com

Venue Information

1449 34th Street NW
Winter Haven, FL
United States

Other comments: The total cost for this complete day of learning is only $50 and can completely change your musical experience! Register online at or send a check or money order to Brett Ridgeway, 105 Ashwood Drive, Industry, PA 15052. We will take a one-hour lunch break so be prepared to order in or bring your own. Cost of the workshop includes all hand-outs, personal instruction, and a fun new-found freedom to play!

1-7 April, 2018The 15th Annual Sandbridge Hammered Dulcimer Retreat - Spring Week for Intermediate/Advanced Players Sandbridge, VA

The 15th Annual Sandbridge Hammered Dulcimer Retreat - Spring Week for Intermediate/Advanced Players

1-7 April, 2018


For the last thirteen years, I have conducted four weeklong workshops for intermediate and advanced players in Sandbridge, VA with three weeks in the fall and one in the spring. In 2016, 75 players plus 18 spouses/guests attended from 25 states. Our houses are large ocean front beautiful beach houses! There is no moving your instrument and all food is included (with a chef). All you have to do is get there!

These are intensive workshops in a wonderfully relaxed and supportive environment. It is all about developing a community of players. Expect a minimum of approximately 5-6 hours of daily group instruction as well as informal individual instruction. Evenings include special sessions as well as jamming which is sometimes “structured” and sometimes informal. Additional special sessions include a Wednesday evening “coffeehouse” featuring student performances (100% optional participant) and a “beautiful tunes” jam on Friday. And fiddle lessons!

Topics include arranging, accompaniment, technique, ear training, jamming skills, developing of listening skills, application of chord theory, improvisation and much more
Written music for all versions of the pieces.
Comprehensive summary video (DVD and private youtube links)
Chef prepared dinners
Swim in the ocean which is just a stumble outside our door
Dolphins & pelicans and other creatures!
Lots of fun & games like foosball, ladder toss, pool, hot tub, bocce ball on the beach
Airport pickup and drop off
Instruments provided
Private lodging
Lots of jamming

The Spring week is be a mixed level group of intermediate through advanced players – comparable to the fall week #2 in terms of pace. The fall first week will accommodate mostly an intermediate level while fall week #2 is geared more toward a mix of strong intermediate and advanced level players while the last week is designed primarily for advanced players. However, there is usually a mix of levels at each week. Enrollment is limited to 18-20 participants per week (but is sometimes less, depending on the week). Spouses/guests are welcome for an additional fee.

Times/hours/schedule: All day

Cost: $925 shared room
$1075 private room
Includes food, lodging & workshop

Getting more information

Contact: Kenneth Kolodner
Call: 4107468387
Email: kenkolodner [at] aol [dot] com

Venue Information

3556 Sandfiddler Rd
Sandbridge, VA 23456
United States

Other comments: SPRING WEEK! April 2-8, 2018 (Intermediate/Advanced)

11-14 April, 2018MENUCHA DULCIMER FESTIVAL (formerly Columbia Gorge Dulcimer Festival) Corbett, OR

MENUCHA DULCIMER FESTIVAL (formerly Columbia Gorge Dulcimer Festival)

11-14 April, 2018


Our 9th annual mountain dulcimer festival - 4 days of making beautiful music April 11-14 in Oregon's spectacular Columbia River Gorge!
Instructors: Aaron O'Rourke, Karen Mueller and Janita Baker.
Menucha offers delicious homemade meals with fresh bread daily, comfortable accommodations and spectacular views.

Cost: Every participant pays a program fee and for meals. The total cost will vary depending on the type of lodging chosen. Options are private, semi-private, community or commuter. See website for complete details on cost.

Getting more information

Contact: Lori Nance
Call: 503-695-2243
Email: lori [at] menucha [dot] org

Venue Information

38711 E. Historic Columbia River Hwy
Corbett, OR 97019
United States

Directions: Menucha is just 30 minutes from the Portland, Oregon, airport or downtown. Visit this page for specific directions from north, south, east or west.

Other comments: For photos and information about this terrific festival, visit...

Video created by a 2013 festival guest:

For information on the history of Menucha, here's a TV clip:

30 April to 6 May, 2018Southern Appalachian Dulcimer Festival McCalla, AL

Southern Appalachian Dulcimer Festival

30 April to 6 May, 2018


45th Annual Southern Appalachian Dulcimer Festival which will be held April 29 – May 6, 2018. Gazebo performances will be on Friday May 4th, and Classes and open stage will be on Saturday May 5th. Prior to the Friday and Saturday events, there is informal jamming in the campground all week leading up to the festiva.

Times/hours/schedule: April 29 – May 4 Informal jams at campsites and at SADA host site and later in the week, schoolhouse jams Monday – Thursday nights.

May 3, Thursday TBA PM Ice cream and dessert social
May 4, Friday 9:30 AM Informal playing and singing by members and guests at the Gazebo next to the Country Store. Vendors open for sales all day.
May 4, Friday 5:30PM Pot Luck Supper. Bring a dish to share & the Host Club will provide the rest. Jamming afterwards!
May 5, Saturday 9AM-5 PM Hospitality tent open – Information and signup for Open stage. Vendors open for sales near Gazebo or Kiwanis Pavilion.
May 5, Saturday 9AM-Noon Lessons in mountain and hammered dulcimer & psaltery. Those attending lessons should join club. See Gazebo and Lesson Schedule.
May 5, Saturday 11:15 – 12:30 Hot dog lunch at the Event Center – Free for club members
May 5, Saturday 1 PM Open Stage at the Kiwanis Pavilion, drawing for dulcimer at end of program. School.
May 6, Sunday 9 AM Church service held in Cane Creek School House

Cost: Park entrance fee for Tannehill State Park
Attendance at festival is free. To participate in classes, open stage, gazebo performances or lunch a club membership is required, which is $20.00 per family.

Getting more information

Contact: Dawn Wilson
Call: 205 516-2854
Email: halfpintwil [at] gmail [dot] com

Venue Information

12632 Confederate Parkway,
McCalla, AL 35111
United States

Directions: Tannehill is located off Interstate 59, 12 miles southwest of Bessemer, less than 30 minutes from downtown Birmingham. Take I-59/20 to Exit 100 and follow the signs (appoximately 2 miles) or you can take I-459 to Exit 1 and follow signs (approximately 7 miles).

3-6 May, 2018Hammered Dulcimer Rendezvous Sandy, OR

Hammered Dulcimer Rendezvous

3-6 May, 2018


The annual Hammered Dulcimer Rendezvous at Oral Hull Park, for hammered dulcimerplayers of all skill levels.

Times/hours/schedule: May 3rd, 2018, Noon until Noon, May 6th, 2018.

Getting more information

Contact: Mick Doherty
Email: mick [at] nwdulcimer [dot] com

Venue Information

Oral Hull Park
Sandy, OR
United States
5 May, 2018Winston-Salem Dulcimer Festival 2018 Winston-Salem, NC

Winston-Salem Dulcimer Festival 2018

5 May, 2018


A one-day festival for mountain dulcimers, in Winston-Salem, NC. Classes for all levels - rank beginner through advanced. Featured instructors for this year are Don Pedi, Carol Walker, Tull Glazener

Times/hours/schedule: 8:00 a.m. to 6:45 p.m, including Instructors' Concert at 5:30. An onsite lunch is available (optional).

Cost: $55.00 for Early Bird registration, before April 7; after that it's $70.00.
The optional lunch is $10.00 extra.

Getting more information

Contact: Kirk House
Call: 919-302-4400
Email: wsdulcfest [at] gmail [dot] com

Venue Information

Hope Presbyterian Church, 2050 N Peace Haven Rd
Winston-Salem, NC 27106
United States

Directions: Use Google maps for:

Hope Presbyterian Church
2050 N Peace Haven Rd
Winston-Salem, NC

Other comments: This is the longest continuous-running dulcimer festival in North Carolina!
See our Facebook page at:

6-11 May, 20186th Annual Spring Hammered Dulcimer Chord Camp Asheville, NC

6th Annual Spring Hammered Dulcimer Chord Camp

6-11 May, 2018


It's all about the chords! Learn how to identify, play and use chords on your Hammered Dulcimer for both ensemble backup and creating beautiful solo arrangements. Intensive participatory workshops for a limited number of intermediate and advanced students.

Part of the Hammered Dulcimer Academy at Perelandra

Times/hours/schedule: Mon-Fri 9:00AM -4:30PM

Cost: Around $1100 for the week including meals and lodging. See website for details

Getting more information

Contact: Jon Weinberg
Call: (978) 500-0600
Email: jon [at] jonweinberg [dot] com

Venue Information

Jerry Read Smith's Perelandra studio and performance center
Asheville, NC
United States

Directions: (provided upon enrollment)

Other comments: Annual event held each spring in Asheville, NC and each fall in New England

13-18 May, 2018Hammered Dulcimer Arranging Camp Asheville, NC

Hammered Dulcimer Arranging Camp

13-18 May, 2018


Building on the use of chords for arranging from HD Chord Camp, this session focuses on the use of various techniques and embellishments to turn your favorite fast and slower tunes on the hammered dulcimer into polished performance pieces.

This will be a very small-group session to insure a lot of personal coaching, with time and space for you to develop and practice your arrangements.

Times/hours/schedule: 9:00 - 4:30 each weekday

Cost: Approx. $1300 for the week including meals and lodging. See the website for details.

Getting more information

Contact: Jon Weinberg
Call: 978 500-0600
Email: jon [at] jonweinberg [dot] com

Venue Information

Jerry Read Smith's Perelandra studio and performance center
Asheville, NC
United States

Directions: Will be provided when enrolled.

1-3 June, 2018Maryland Folk Musician's Retreat Centreville, MD

Maryland Folk Musician's Retreat

1-3 June, 2018


Workshops on mountain dulcimer and other folk instruments

Times/hours/schedule: Noon Friday through Noon Sunday

Cost: Several affordable choices for any budget including camping, hostel style bunk house and a luxurious retreat center.

Getting more information

Contact: Pat Costello
Call: 410-968-3873
Email: ask.patrick [at] gmail [dot] com

Venue Information

401 Jack Elliot Way
Centreville, MD 21617
United States

Other comments: Located on the grounds of Camp Pecometh by the Charles river. Plenty of space for jamming, relaxing and socializing.

1-2 June, 2018Wisconsin Dulcimer Festival- 10th Annual Janesville, WI

Wisconsin Dulcimer Festival- 10th Annual

1-2 June, 2018


Friday night June 1, jam at Voigt Music Center 6-8 PM.
Saturday June 2, workshops and concert with Bing Futch, Stephen Seifert and Rick Thum.

Times/hours/schedule: June 1 is 6-8PM
June 2 is 9AM -6:15PM

Cost: To be determined

Getting more information

Contact: Nancy Garrett
Call: 608-752-6514
Email: kyuk_04 [at] yahoo [dot] com

Venue Information

34. S Main St
Janesville, WI 53545
United States

Directions: From the North Take I-39 S/I-90 E to E Racine St in Janesville. Take exit 175A from I-39 S/I-90 E. (Roundabouts) Continue right on E Racine St. then turn right on S Main St.

Follow I-39 N/I-90 W to E Racine St in Janesville. Take exit 175 from I-39 N/I-90 W (Roundabouts) Turn left to continue on E Racine St. turn right on S Main St.

Other comments: More information will be available on the website in Jan.

8-10 June, 2018Mystery of Modes Workshop-Boston! AUBURNDALE, MA

Mystery of Modes Workshop-Boston!

8-10 June, 2018


A workshop exploring modes used for relaxation, in therapeutic music, and in Celtic and American traditional music. We'll cover defining characteristics and basic chord progressions as well as improvising. This workshop is geared to hammered dulcimers and harps, but other instruments are welcome. 10 CEUs available for therapeutic musicians.

Times/hours/schedule: Friday 6/8/18 6:30 pm-Sunday 6/10/18 noon

Cost: RESIDENTIAL (Fri/Sat nights lodging, Fri dinner, Sat lunch, 2 breakfasts and all classes), $425 if registered by 3/1/18, $475 after that date.
COMMUTER (includes classes, Fri dinner and Sat lunch)
$300 if registered by 3/1/18, $350 after that date.
CEUs and private room, extra fee. See website for more details.

Getting more information

Contact: Karen Ashbrook
Call: 301-655-0103
Email: mail [at] karenashbrook [dot] com

Venue Information

The Walker Center, 144 HANCOCK ST
United States


Other comments: Visit the main Mystery of Modes page for a description, testimonials and general information about the workshop.

9-10 June, 2018Gebhard Woods Dulcimer and Traditional Music Festival Morris, IL

Gebhard Woods Dulcimer and Traditional Music Festival

9-10 June, 2018


Live music all day for two days, workshops, jam sessions and vendors. Children's activities, food vendors and a Saturday night old time dance. Family friendly fun, in a beautiful, shady park setting.

Times/hours/schedule: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM each day

Cost: Day: $20 Individual
$35 Family
$15 Senior, 60+
Weekend: $30 Individual
$50 Family
$25 Senior, 60+

Getting more information

Contact: Donna Tufano
Call: 815-630-4657
Email: dtufano1 [at] verizon [dot] net

Venue Information

Goold Park
Morris, IL 60450
United States

Other comments: Featuring: Mike Anderson, Andina & Rich, Cathy Barton & Dave Para, Bing Futch, Diane Ippel, The Lindseys, Katie Moritz, Don Pedi, Bill Robinson & Friends, Trillium, Andy Young, and more.

24-29 June, 2018KENTUCKY MUSIC WEEK Bardstown, KY


24-29 June, 2018


KENTUCKY MUSIC WEEK offers week-long classes in mountain dulcimer (including bowed dulcimer, bass, baritone and chromatic dulcimer), hammered dulcimer, ukulele, penny whistle, fiddle, banjo, guitar, mandolin, folk dancing, art classes, craft classes, vocal classes, and so much more!! 55 top name instructors will be teaching over 200 class titles, so there is something for everyone! All levels are taught and instrument rentals are available. There is also a Kids Camp component separate from adult classes. KMW additional activities include Sunday's Welcome Party Jam, two instructor concerts, campground jams, theme days including a Mardi Gras parade, Open Stage opportunities, and more jams during daytime breaks and evening activities. It's also the biggest value for your money! Hope you can join us this summer in Bardstown, Kentuckky (voted the most beautiful small town in America), seeing old friends and meeting new ones during this fun event!

Times/hours/schedule: Festival begins with check-in and Welcome Party and Giant Jam on Sunday afternoon, June 24. Hours are from 5:00 PM until 10:30 PM, with late jamming continuing at area motels.
For early arrivals - the Main Library (close to the school) will host an early jam from 1:30 - 5:00 PM. Everyone is welcome!
Daytime classes run from 8:45 AM until 5:00 PM each day, Monday through Friday. Evening activities begin at 7:30 PM, every evening except Wednesday ("on your own" night). Friday evening's Finale' Party begins at 8:00 PM. Complete class schedule is on our web site:

Cost: Four or five classes each day for all five days = $295.00
Three classes each day for all five days = $260.00
One or two classes each day for all five days = $220.00
Accompanying Adult (non-participant, partner) = $50.00
Kids Camp (ages 7 to 12) = $150.00
Instructor Concert (for those not registered) = $10.00 each concert.

Getting more information

Contact: Nancy Barker
Call: 502-827-4085
Email: info [at] kentuckymusicweek [dot] com

Venue Information

420 North 5th Street
Bardstown, KY 40004
United States

Directions: See location maps on web site. Bardstown street maps included in welcome letter and packet.
Bardstown is located in central Kentucky not far from I-65.

Other comments: Just too much to mention it all here! Please visit our web site at for all details including registration information, online and mail-in payments, photos from past festivals, etc.
We hope you will be able to join us this June for this fun and exciting festival!

1-7 July, 2018Dulcimer Week in the Wallowas Joseph, OR

Dulcimer Week in the Wallowas

1-7 July, 2018


Our 8th annual adult dulcimer camp is held at Wallowa Lake, near the town of Joseph at the foot of the 9500' Wallowa Mountains in northeast Oregon. Instructors include: Rob Brereton (intermediate, advanced), Thomasina Levy (advanced beginner, intermediate), Sarah Kate Morgan (advanced beginner, advanced), and Bob Webb (beginners). There are classes for every level. Meals and lodging are available at camp, as well as in the area nearby. Hosted by Heidi Muller and Bob Webb.

Times/hours/schedule: Sunday, July 1, 2018 - 3:00 pm Registration
Daily intensive classes 8:45 - 11:30 am, and afternoon electives
Saturday, July 7, 2018 - 11:00 am Checkout

Cost: 2017 student registration $320-350; will be updated for 2018
Lodging and meals extra

Getting more information

Contact: Heidi Muller
Call: 304-382-9422
Email: wallowadulcimer [at] gmail [dot] com

Venue Information

Wallowa Lake Hwy
Joseph, OR 97846
United States

Directions: I-84 east or west, exit at La Grande, OR, then Hwy 82 to Wallowa Lake. Details will be provided to registrants.

Other comments: Lodging includes cabins, tent camping, a few RV spots without hookups, and a women's dormitory-style bunkhouse. Lodging nearby includes Eagle Cap Chalets, RV Park at the River, Flying Arrow Resort cabins, Wallowa Lake Lodge, Wallowa Lake State Park, Indian Lodge Motel in Joseph.

13-14 July, 20184th Annual Dutchland Dulcimer Gathering Willow Street, PA

4th Annual Dutchland Dulcimer Gathering

13-14 July, 2018


A low key gathering of great instructors with opportunities to learn and enjoy the land of the Amish. This year...Bing Futch, Dave Haas, Aubrey Atwater, Elwood Donnelly, Butch Ross, Nina Zanetti, Judy House and probable more will be leading us.

Times/hours/schedule: Friday - 3 Workshops slots beginning at 2 PM.
Saturday - 4 workshop slots beginning at 9 AM.
Concert Saturday lunch, and community concert Saturday night.

Cost: Registration Opens March 1st
$20 before June 1st, $25 between June 1st and July 13th and $30 at the door.
Workshops are $15.00 each paid to the instructors.
Dinner Friday and Lunch Saturday will be available - check the registration form for more information.

Getting more information

Contact: Jeffrey D. Hamilton
Call: 717 419 1152
Email: lancmdplayers [at] gmail [dot] com

Venue Information

1730 Hans Herr Drive - Lancaster County CTC
Willow Street, PA 17584
United States

Directions: Just south of Lancaster - follow 222 South - turn right on Hans Herr Drive. School is on your right. From south, 272 north, right on Penn Grant Road, left on Hans Herr. School in on your left.

Other comments: Fully accessible building. There will be a hotel and camp ground listing on web site March 1st.

17-21 July, 2018Ozark Roots Dulcimer Festival - Hammered Dulcimer Mountain View, AR

Ozark Roots Dulcimer Festival - Hammered Dulcimer

17-21 July, 2018


World-renowned hammered dulcimer player, instructor, and recording artist Linda Thomas will be coming to Mountain View!

As part of the annual Ozark Roots Dulcimer Festival, Linda will be teaching special classes, and three day workshop, and performing at several venues around Mountain View.

She will be teaching several special classes on Tuesday and Wednesday as well as a three day, all-levels workshop Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.


Beginning and Beyond – $99
This four-part class, designed for both the “new” player and those who want a “refresher” class, is open to both readers and by ear players; participants will benefit by registering in all 4 sessions, making the experience cumulative and providing experience for the 3-Day Workshop.

Specific topics covered in this class: Layout/Tuning, Instrument Care, Playing Technique, Learning/Building Repertoire (different styles), Playing Chords/Rhythms and Hands-on Playing Time.

Helpful Things to Bring to the Class: Instrument/Hammers, Tuning Wrench, Electronic Tuner, Music Stand (if you have one) and the Love of Music! Fee includes handouts.

Christmas In July – $49

This workshop will allow players to get a start on Holiday repertoire early! Players will learn and develop a complete arrangement for a Traditional Christmas song to include: BASIC MELODY, EMBELLISHED VERSION and ACCOMPANIMENT/CHORDS. The workshop is open to all experience levels and to both “readers” and “by ear” players.

Playing Old Time Music by Ear – $49

This workshop will be presented in the “old-time” way – learning to play a tune by ear1 Focus for the workshop will be helpful hints to develop this learning style while adding a new song to the repertoire. All experience levels welcome, as are both readers and by ear players. Fee includes handouts.

Hammer Dulcimer All-Levels Workshop -$159

This 3-Day Workshop is designed for ALL LEVELS playing experience and is open to “readers” and “by ear” players; offered in a relaxed and beautiful setting, the class focus will be:

*Slow-paced Presentations, *Extensive “Hands-On” Playing Time, *Repertoire Building (variety of styles), *Good Musicianship, *Chords for Jam Sessions, Embellishments, Back-up/Accompaniments and Suggestions for Playing Well w/Other Instruments. Repertoire will include: Old-Time, Hymns, Celtic, Waltzes and more, as time permits. Includes all handouts.

All classes and workshops will be held at the newest event center in Mountain View, the Mountain View Meeting Place, 106 E. Washington, right off the court square, next door to the Wildflower Bed & Breakfast.

Attendees get a discount on lodging at the Wildflower Bed & Breakfast.

***Early Bird Special! Register by May 1st and the workshop is only $139!

Times/hours/schedule: Beginning and Beyond:

Tuesday, 10 to 11:30 am Class #1
Tuesday, 1 to 2:30 pm Class #2
Wednesday, 10 to 11:30 am Class #3
Wednesday, 1 to 2:30 pm Class #4

Christmas in July
Tuesday, 3 to 4:30 pm

Playing Old Time Music by Ear
Wednesday, 3 to 4:30 pm

Three Day All-Level Workshop
Thursday, Friday, & Saturday
10 to 11:30 am, 1 to 2:30 pm, 3 to 4:30 pm each day

Cost: Beginning and Beyond – $99
Christmas In July – $49
Playing Old Time Music by Ear – $49
Hammer Dulcimer All-Levels Workshop -$159
Early Bird Special: Register by May 1st, workshop fee only $139

Getting more information

Contact: Christopher Smith
Call: 870-269-4373
Email: info [at] mvmeetingplace [dot] com

Venue Information

106 E Washington
Mountain View, AR 72560
United States

Directions: Directly off the Court Square in Downtown Mountain View
Walking distance to shops, restaurants, and music store

19-21 July, 2018Ozark Roots Dulcimer Festival - Mountain Dulcimer Mountain View, AR

Ozark Roots Dulcimer Festival - Mountain Dulcimer

19-21 July, 2018


3 day workshops led by a trio of MD national champions. Duane Porterfield for new players, Linda Brockinton for finger picking, and Joe Collins for general music styles. Held at the 1st Baptist Church in downtown Mountain View, Arkansas. Supported by McSpadden Dulcimers.

Times/hours/schedule: 3 classes a day, 10 - 11:30, 1 - 2:30, 3 - 4:30. Includes a dulcimer night show at the Ozark Folk Center

Cost: Early registration (prior to May 1st) = $139. After May 1st $159.

Getting more information

Contact: Dulcimer Shoppe
Call: 877-269-4422
Email: dulcimershoppe [at] aol [dot] com or mcspadden

Venue Information

1st Baptist Church, 225 King Ave
Mountain View, AR 72560
United States
4-7 October, 2018Winter Creek Reunion Dulcimer & Acoustic Music Festival Bennington, OK

Winter Creek Reunion Dulcimer & Acoustic Music Festival

4-7 October, 2018


17th Annual Dulcimer & Acoustic Musical Festival
Free workshops
Free concerts
Jamming all day
Specialty classes Thursday

2018 Headliners:
Joe Collins
Vanderveer Brothers
Bill Spence & Fennig's All Stars
Grandpa's Neighbors
Special Appearance by the Boggy Bottom Babes

~Fri & Sat dinner supports the festival

Times/hours/schedule: Thursday 1p-4p specialty classes
Thursday 7p old fashioned barn dance
Friday - Saturday 9am - 10p
Friday & Saturday Dinner 5:00pm
Friday & Saturday Concerts 7pm
Sunday Morning Worship Service

Cost: FREE Friday - Sunday*

*Thursday specialty class fee paid directly to instructor
*$2.00 off meal tickets purchased before September 15th

Getting more information

Contact: Lynda Bowers
Call: 215-622-6394
Email: rrvdc.ok [at] gmail [dot] com

Venue Information

654 Acorn Lane
Bennington, OK 74723
United States

Directions: Approximately 25 miles east of Durant, OK Hwy 70. North on Acorn Lane in Bennington, OK.

Other comments: WCR has become one of the premier festivals to attend with nationally known performers and top-notch instruction.

Visit our facebook page for even more festival information and updated scheduling or changes.

15-18 November, 201830th Annual Fall Dulcimer Festival Helen, GA

30th Annual Fall Dulcimer Festival

15-18 November, 2018


We are excited to announce the 30th Anniversary of the North Georgia Foothills Dulcimer Association Fall Dulcimer Festival at Unicoi State Park in Helen, GA Thursday, November 15 - Sunday, November 18, 2018. We are in the planning stages at this point, but are putting together a stellar line up of workshops in Mountain Dulcimer, Hammered Dulcimer, with a workshop or two in other instruments. There will be an Early Bird Jam on Wednesday night and jams going in various locations in the lodge through the long weekend. Since this is our 30th Anniversary, this event will fill up fast. Registration starts September 1 at

This event is organized and hosted by the North Georgia Foothills Dulcimer Association. We pretty much take over the lodge. All classes, nightly Instructor/Performer Concerts, and jams are held at the lodge.

Accomodations: Unicoi Lodge, 706-878-2201. Cabins, Cottages, RV and Campsites available at Unicoi Sate Park through the website. There are also hotels/motels just down the hill in Helen.

This is a great event for all ages and levels of play. If you have questions about this event, feel free to contact NGFDA Fall Festival Event Director, Pam Deemer at pdeemer [at] gmail [dot] com or 404-550-0699. We will also post updates of this event on our facebook page.

Times/hours/schedule: Workshops: 8:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Concerts: 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Jams: Throughout the day until 12:00 p.m.

Cost: To be Announced.

Getting more information

Contact: Pam Deemer, Director
Call: 404-550-0699
Email: pdeemer [at] gmail [dot] com

Venue Information

1788 Highway 356
Helen, GA 30545
United States

Directions: Follow directions to Helen, GA. Follow signs to Unicoi State Park.

Other comments: We are currently in the planning stages. We will provide updates regarding costs as they become available.