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24-27 May, 2018Crooked Road Dulcimer Festival Ferrum, VA

Crooked Road Dulcimer Festival

24-27 May, 2018


Held on the Ferrum College campus, 55 classes are offered for beginner to advanced player of the mountain dulcimer.
Instructors: Joe Collins, Jeff Furman, Stephen Seifert, Bill Collins, Phyllis Gaskins, Jim Gaskins, Jon Pickow, Nancy Galambush, Ben Seymour, Becky Cleland, Ken Bloom and Marsha Harris.

Times/hours/schedule: Check the website for time details.

Cost: Before May 2nd, registration is $100. On May 2nd the registration is $110. Housing and meals depend on a single room $255 or shared room $225. Commuter meal costs are $80 for 8 meals no housing. Motels are available in Rocky Mount, VA.

Getting more information

Contact: Blue Ridge Institute & Museum
Call: 540-365-4412
Email: bri [at] ferrum [dot] edu

Venue Information

20 Museum Drive, Ferrum College
Ferrum, VA 24088
United States

Directions: Located on Virginia Route 40, 1 hour south of Roanoke, VA, 20 minutes southwest of Rocky Mount, VA

Other comments: A dulcimer orchestra has parts for all levels. Classes take place in the two resident dorms used for the weekend. Evening concerts and a dulcimer market place.

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, Dona Benkert, Bing Futch, House of Waters, Diane Ippel, The Lindseys, Sarah Morgan, Katie Moritz, Don Pedi, Bill Robinson & Friends, Trillium, Mark Alan Wade, 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
19-21 July, 2018Original Dulcimer Players Club Funfest Evart, MI

Original Dulcimer Players Club Funfest

19-21 July, 2018


Known as the "Grand Daddy" of all dulcimer festivals, the ODPC FunFest is the largest gathering of hammer dulcimer players in the world. Each year on the third weekend in July, several thousand musicians and music lovers come home to the fairgrounds in Evart for the ODPC FunFest. All acoustic instrument players are welcome.

Times/hours/schedule: See posted schedule on website for workshops and scheduled concerts.

Cost: $15 per person for all 3 days. $7 for day pass. Camping with electric is $20.00 per night. Primitive camping is $17.00 per night.

Getting more information


Venue Information

101 Recreation Avenue, Evart, MI 49631
Evart, MI 49631
United States

Directions: Located in Evart, Michigan in the Osceola County Fairgrounds.

22-27 July, 2018DULCIMER U Cullowhee, NC


22-27 July, 2018


America's premier mountain dulcimer education program is held on the campus of Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina. This year's event features Janita Baker, Tull Glazener, Don Pedi, Rob Brereton, Aaron o"Rourke, Steve Eulberg, Joe Collins, Judy House, Jim Miller, Carol Crocker, Ed Gaunt, Laurie Alsobrook, Melanie Johnston, Larry and Elaine Conger.

Times/hours/schedule: A week long camp featuring skills/techniques in the mornings and electives each afternoon.

Cost: $350 tuition. Accommodation & meal plans available

Getting more information

Contact: Bobby Hensley
Call: 828-227-7397
Email: hensley [at] wcu [dot] edu

Venue Information

138 Cordelia Camp Building
Cullowhee, NC 28723
United States

Directions: 1 hour from Asheville, NC; 3-1/2 hours from Charlotte, NC; 3 hours from Winston-Salem, NC; 3 hours from Atlanta; 3 hours from Chattanooga, TN; and 2 hours from Knoxville, TN.

Other comments: This event is 100% handicapped accessible. All events, including accommodations, classes, vendors and concerts are held inside the same building, making Dulcimer U a great choice for the mobility challenged.

15 September, 2018Old Time Mountain Music Gathering SAINT ALBANS, WV

Old Time Mountain Music Gathering

15 September, 2018


Small gathering of old time mountain music lovers. Performances, crafts, food vendors.

Times/hours/schedule: 10am to 9 pm

Cost: FREE to attend. Donations accepted.

Getting more information

Contact: Kathy Barnett
Call: 304-722-4621
Email: kathyb53 [at] suddenlink [dot] net

Venue Information

500 Washington Street
United States

Directions: From I64 West, take the MacCorkle Avenue Exit, follow US 60 West to St. Albans. At intersection of MacCorkle Avenue and Walnut Street, turn left on to Walnut. Stay on Walnut until right turn on Washington Avenue. Stay on Washington Avenue. From I64 East, take the St. Albans exit, at bottom of exit, take right to US17. At intersection with US 60, turn left onto US 60/MacCorkle Avenue. Follow to right turn on 3rd street (across from the St. Albans/Nitro bridge. Stay on 3rd to intersection of 6th Ave. Turn left onto 6th Avenue. Stay on 6th, it becomes Washington after you cross under a railroad trestle.

Other comments: Groups wishing to perform will be allotted a 30-45 minute time slot. We are interested in teachers, volunteers, or other groups who would like to conduct workshops. Vendors wishing to sell merchandise or food must preregister. This is a first time event - your suggestions and/or requests will be considered (and appreciated!).

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.

19-20 October, 20189th Annual New Mexico Dulcimer Festival Albuquerque, NM

9th Annual New Mexico Dulcimer Festival

19-20 October, 2018


Forty-six workshops focusing on mountain and hammered dulcimers, but also Celtic harp, bowed psaltery, penny whistle, guitar, ukulele, and other folk instruments. Jams, open mic, on-site meals, on-site music/instrument vendor, and public concerts.

Larry Conger (MD)
Jess Dickinson (HD)
Butch Ross (MD)
Mark Alan Wade (HD)
Tina Gugeler (HD)
David Ellison (MD)
Irma Reeder (MD)
Additional teachers

Times/hours/schedule: Both days starting at 8:30am, concerts 7:00-9:00pm

Cost: $110 early bird, $135 after Sep 20. See website for other options.

Getting more information

Contact: Debbie Velasquez/Festival Registrar
Call: 505.292.6030
Email: NMDulcFest.register [at] gmail [dot] com

Venue Information

4101 Paseo Del Norte, NW
Albuquerque, NM 87114
United States

Directions: I-25 or I-40 into Albuquerque, on I-25 take exit 232 (Paseo Del Norte aka NM-423 West), take exit at Eagle Ranch Road to host church (see website for map).

Other comments: No RV/camping at site, see website for lodging/camping options, and host hotel.

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.

16-19 May, 2019Berea Traditonal Dulcimer Gathering Berea, KY

Berea Traditonal Dulcimer Gathering

16-19 May, 2019


May 16 – 19, 2019
Berea College, KY
Welcoming fans of dulcimer history and traditional dulcimers from all regions.
* Emphasis on traditional, not modern, dulcimers, dulcimer history, and playing
* No chords or capos – noter & drone, fingerdancing or bowing only
* No DAd tuning – DAA, Ddd, DAC, DAG or equivalent tunings as necessary
* All skill levels
* No attendance fee
* Attendees get a free noter and quill
Attendees stay at a residence hall on the Berea College campus in downtown Berea, KY. Bring your own bed linen, pillow and toiletries including a towel. COST: $25 per night.
Campus Dining Services All You Can Eat 3-meal/day plan: $20-23 per day.
* DAILY TOPIC – lecture or playing lesson on some aspect of traditional dulcimers or dulcimer history.
* DAILY TOUR -- historically important dulcimer-related locations, museum collections, etc. Tours are by carpool.
* Builders/Historic displays/Traditional Vendors – no charge for space
* Playing individually or in small groups, whenever and wherever
* Open Mic Night
Laid back, relaxed:
* Morning topic, afternoon tour
* Morning tour, afternoon topic
* Playing in small groups when/wherever
Topics and Tours TBA...

Getting more information

Contact: Ken Longfield
Call: 717-250-6696
Email: klongfield [at] embsrqmail [dot] com

Venue Information

101 Chestnut St
Berea, KY
United States