The 44th Annual

Walnut Valley Festival

September 16–20, 2015

Winfield, Kansas

74 days away!

Coming in 2015

Walnut Valley News

2015 Southern Regional Autoharp Champions Announced

The Ozark Folk Center hosted the Annual Autoharp Workshops June 4 – 6, 2015 in Mountain View, Arkansas.  The Autoharp Workshops provide learning opportunities for all levels of autoharp 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 Autoharp Championship.

Winners of the 2015 Southern Regional Autoharp Championship are:

                 1st Place:               Marti Knauer, Springfield, Missouri

First Arkansas State Finger Style Guitar Champion Announced

Thumb Picking workshops, a Traditional Thumb Picking Guitar Contest and the first Arkansas State Finger Style Guitar Championship filled the Ozark Folk Center in Mountain View, Arkansas with guitar players of all talent levels May 14th through 16th, 2015.

 

The Thumb Picking Workshops featured noted thumb picking guitarists Thom Bresh, Randy Buckner and Danny Dozier teaching the guitar styles made famous by Chet Atkins, Doyle Dykes, Jerry Reed and Tommy Emmanuel.  A Traditional Thumb Picking Contest was held during the weekend.

 

Ozark Folk Center Announces 2015 Southern Regional Dulcimer Champions

The Ozark Folk Center hosted the 38th 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 Hammer Dulcimer Championship.

 

Remembering Tut Taylor 1923-2015

We were saddened today when word reached us about the death of longtime Dobro pioneer “Tut” Taylor.

Tut was a longtime friend of the Walnut Valley Festival and in the early days of Walnut Valley Festivals was an entertainer and staff member of the Walnut Valley Occasional paper.