I am pleased to announce the following scheduled workshops, concerts, and events for 2022. In addition to the events listed below, there are other events that are being considered and I will add those as they become finalized.
3/4- /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!
4/27–5/1/2022: Buckeye Dulcimer Festival 2022, Ashley, Ohio
I am excited to be returning to the Buckeye Dulcimer Festival #29 held at Recreation Unlimited in Ashley, OH. This great festival will be offered to the first 50 students who register. Very close attention will paid to make this even fun, educational, and safe for everyone. I will be teaching the Intermediate/Advanced level class, which will consist of 9 hours of instruction! The main theme for this class will be "Adding Variation to Your Playing." In addition to this in-depth class, another focus of the event will be to improve your jamming skills and playing with others… something we've all missed the past 2 years! For more information on the workshops, concert, lodging, and other details please see their website at: www.buckeyedulcimerfestival.com. The festival will be limited to the first 50 people, so please register early! Hope to see you there!
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!
8/4–7/2022: Gateway Dulcimer Music Festival 2022, Fairview Heights, IL.
I am happy to announce that I will be returning to the Gateway Dulcimer Music Festival this year as an Instructor and Performer. My last visit with this great group was in 2016, and I had a wonderful time. This year the festival will be held in a new venue at the Four Points by Sheraton in Fairview Heights, IL. The festival will be in the Fountains Conference Center. There is a great lineup of instructors and classes and it should be a wonderful event! I will be teaching 8 workshops over 2 days, and there will also be concerts on Friday and Saturday night. Once all the workshops have been decided, they will be posted along all the other info related to this event on the Gateway Dulcimer Society's website at: www.gatewaydulcimer.org. Hope to see you there!
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