I am pleased to announce the following scheduled workshops, concerts, and events for 2021. In addition to the events listed below, there are other events that are being considered and I will add those as they become finalized.
If there is one thing that the past year has shown us it is that we miss our new and old friends and music! Hope to see you down the road, either virtually or in person if possible!
11/18 20/2021: NGFDA 2nd Virtual Fall Festival 2021
I am pleased to once again be part of this years NGFDA Fall Festival. It will be "virtual" again this year, but should be much fun! I will be teaching 8 different workshops, offering multiple courses for multiple skill levels. Of course, there will be concerts each night featuring the awesome teaching staff. You can review the classes being offered and register for this great festival by going to their website: www.ngfda.com. Please register early since spaces often fill quickly for this popular festival. Hope to "see" you there!
1/6 9/2022: Dulcimer U Winter Weekend 2022, Lake Junaluska, NC
This great event is held at a beautiful location in western NC. I am happy to be going back this year! I will be teaching 6 workshops at multiple skill levels. There will also be concerts, jams, and vending. Appropriate COVID precautions will be followed. For more information and registration, please visit the website at: www.wcu.edu and click on the link for "Dulcimer U Winter Weekend." Come join the fun!
2/10 12/2022: Central Florida Dulcimer Festival 2022, Mt. Dora, FL
As of now, this wonderful festival is planning to be held in person. It's an awesome event in beautiful Mt. Dora, FL. Appropriate COVID precautions will be followed. If it is deemed to be unsafe, the organizers may be able to change this to a virtual event. That decision will be made this Fall. I will be teaching 6 workshops at multiple levels. There will also be concerts, jamming, and vending. Please go to the following website for details, updates, and registration:
www.centralfloridadulcimerfestival.com. I look forward to seeing you there!
3/4 - 6/2022: Dulcimer Association of Albany Festival 2022, Latham, NY
I am very pleased to be returning to this wonderful dulcimer festival as an instructor and featured performer. Good friends, Neal and Coleen Walters, will be the other featured performers. Details of this event are still evolving, but you can follow this event and register at: www.dulcimerassociationofalbany.com. Appropriate COVID precautions will be followed. I am excited to see many new and long-time friends in the Northeast!
6/12 18/2022: John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, NC
Once again, I am honored to be teaching again this year at this magical place! This year I will be teaching a week-long class entitled "Mountain Dulcimer: Building a Strong Foundation for Playing." This course will be geared to "Beyond Beginner to Intermediate" skill levels. If you play some dulcimer tunes, but would like to improve your skills and the quality of the sound you produce, this class is for you! A full description of the class, as well as registration information, can be found at their website: www.folkschool.org. Click on the "Music" classes tab and enter the date 6/12-18/2022 for more information on this workshop. The Folk School is a wonderful place where learning, sharing, and friendship are nurtured. The class size is limited to 12 students, so please register early!
7/3 9/2022: 10th Annual Dulcimer Week in the Wallowas, Wallowa Lake area in Northeast Oregon
After several years of planning, and a COVID delay, I am thrilled to finally be going to the Dulcimer Week in the Wallowas! I hear nothing but rave reviews about this festival run by Heidi Muller and Bob Webb, and I look forward to being there! I will be teaching Intermediate and Advanced classes every morning, and varied electives in the afternoon. For more information and registration, please go to their website: www.wallowadulcimer.com and click on "Dulcimer Week in the Wallowas." I look forward to seeing old friends and making new friends in the Wallowas!
10/7 - 10/2022: Nonsuch Annual Weekend, Derbyshire, UK
After years of trying to clear my schedule to do this festival in the UK, I am very happy to finally be going to teach at the Nonsuch Annual Weekend event at The Hayes Conference Center in Derbyshire! I will be teaching workshops at the Advanced Beginner/Intermediate and the Intermediate/Advanced levels. Having met and played with one of the founding members of the Nonsuch Dulcimer Club, the great Roger Nicholson, years ago here in the US, I look forward to sharing some of my views and techniques of playing the mountain dulcimer with players at this UK event. And I also look forward to making many new friends! More details will be available as time gets closer to this event.
Advanced Master Class
Right Hand Techniques
Left Hand Techniques
Improving Your Rhythm and Strum
Basic Principles of Dulcimer Playing
Smoothing Out Your Playing
Expressing Yourself Through Your Playing
Making a Tab Yours
Improving Your Sound
The Wonderful World of Chords
Improve your Chording
The Circle of Fifths Made Easy!
Improving Your Ear - Hearing and Listening
Hearing Chord Changes
Intervals and Ear/Finger Training
Adding Notes and variability to your Playing
Playing Tasteful Back-Up
Playing Duets and Ensembles
Playing Dulcimer with Other Instruments
Playing With a capo
Playing Above the 7th Fret
Exploring Aeolian Tuning
Exploring Alternate/Different Tunings
Playing Clawhammer/Old-Time Banjo
Beautiful Celtic Airs
Embellishing Celtic Airs
Songs of Stephen Foster
Waltzing with your Dulcimer
Lullabies from America and Around the World
Old Time Tunes in G, A, and C (as well as D)
Creative Old-Time Music
Expanding Your Old-Time Repertoire
Singing With the Dulcimer
Common and Not-so-common Old Time Songs
Arranging Your Music
Playing 5 Equidistant Strings
How to Teach the Dulcimer (or Banjo)
All classes/topics can be taught at all skill levels from beginner to advanced Master classes