The Lone Star State Dulcimer Society (LSSDS) hosted the LSSDS Dulcimer Festival at Glen Rose Park in Glen Rose, Texas on Mother’s Day Weekend. The weekend included workshops for both mountain and hammer dulcimers, led by nationally known instructors, and was highlighted by the Texas State Dulcimer Championships.
Len Swanson from Georgetown, Texas won First Place in the Texas State Mountain Dulcimer Championship. Van Gardner from Decatur, Texas won Second Place and Josh Hathaway from Fort Worth, Texas won Third Place.
The Ozark Folk Center hosted the 41st Annual Dulcimer Jamboree in Mountain View, Arkansas. The Dulcimer Jamboree provided workshops in both mountain and hammer dulcimers at all levels of playing skills. Evening concerts featured workshop instructors along with their regular cast of local and regional bands. The Saturday evening concert featured the contestants of the Southern Regional Mountain Dulcimer Championship and the Southern Regional Mountain Dulcimer Championship.
Thumb Picking workshops, a Traditional Thumb Picking Guitar Contest and the 4th Annual Arkansas State Finger Style Guitar Championship filled the Ozark Folk Center in Mountain View, Arkansas with guitar players of all talent levels
May 18th and 19th, 2018.
Kendra Redford, owner of Walnut Valley Association (WVA), has announced that her son, Bart, is now the company’s Executive Director, and will be responsible for organizing the annual Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kansas.
This year marks the 47th year for the Walnut Valley Festival, which will be held Sept. 12-16, 2018. The event draws a crowd of 10-15 thousand people to celebrate a blend of acoustic music, including bluegrass, folk, Americana, Celtic, Swing, Jazz, blues, Cajun, a little bit cowboy, and more.