Walnut Valley News

2018 Texas State Dulcimer Champions Announced

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.

Ozark Folk Center Announces 2018 Southern Regional Dulcimer Champions

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.

Arkansas State Finger Style Guitar Champion Announced

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.

Redford Family to Continue to Manage Walnut Valley Festival: Bart Redford Appointed Walnut Valley Association Executive Director

Winfield, Kansas March 28, 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.

Walnut Valley Festival Announces Preliminary Lineup for 2018

Walnut Valley Association is pleased to announce that the following artists have been hired to perform at the 47th Walnut Valley Festival, in Winfield, KS, September 12-16, 2018.

Organizer of the Elkin Thomas Golf Scramble Passes

Overland Park, Kansas... The Walnut Valley / Elkin Thomas Golf Scramble was held for the 21st year this past September. Felix Baz-Dresch has been the person behind the scene, working each year to assemble the event connected with the Walnut Valley Festival. Sad to say, we have received word of the passing of Felix at the age of 79 years young. Felix was a true gem of a person with numerous interests. Along with golf, Felix loved music and was an accomplished banjo musician who enjoyed sharing this love with others, especially at the Walnut Valley Festival.

Complete list of the top 3 winners for each contest at 2017 Walnut Valley Festival / National Flat-Picking Championships

2017 Winners of the Walnut Valley Festival Instrument Championships

International Autoharp Champions

1st Place - Cindy Harris from Pittsburgh, PA 2nd Place – Karen Nickel from Winfield, KS 3rd Place – Michael Poole from Chapel Hill, NC

International Finger Style Guitar Champions

1st Place – Christie Lenee from Nashville, TN 2nd Place – Travis Bowman from Alexander, AR 3rd Place – Matt Thomas from Virginia Beach, VA

National Mountain Dulcimer Champions

2017 Bluegrass Banjo Champions Named

The Walnut Valley Association congratulates the 2017 winners of the Bluegrass Banjo Championship Contest.

1st – Kyle Tuttle from Nashville, TN

Prize Instrument Selected: The Ome Megatone Bluegrass Banjo provided by Ome Banjos of Boulder, CO

2nd – Eric Welty from Argyle, TX

Prize Instrument Selected: The Deering Calico 5-String Banjo provided by Deering Banjo Company of Spring Valley, CA

3rd – Eric Hardin from West Jefferson, NC

2017 National Hammer Dulcimer Champions Named

The Walnut Valley Association congratulate this year’s winners of the National Hammer Dulcimer Championship.

1st Place – Amanda Roberts from Dayton, OH

Prize Instrument Selected: Master Works Russell Cook Extended Range Hammer Dulcimer CBWXR7 provided by Master Works of Bennington, OK

2nd Place – Scott Freeman from Lafayette, In

Prize Instrument Selected: Cloud Nine Model 17/16/8 Hammer Dulcimer provided by Michael C. Allen Cloud Nine Musical Instruments of Ostrander, OH

3rd – Colin Beasley from Mobile, AL

2017 National Flat Pick Guitar Champions Named

The Walnut Valley Association congratulate this year’s winners of the National Flat Pick Guitar Championship

1st Place – Andy Hatfield from Peoria, IL

Prize Instrument Selected: Martin D-41 Custom Guitar provided by C.F. Martin & Co. of Nazareth, PA

2nd Place – Jason Shaw from Lincoln, NE

Prize Instrument Selected: Collings Winfield Model Mahogany/Adirondack Spruce Guitar provided by Collings Guitars Inc. of Austin, TX

3rd Place – Adam Wright from Goodlettsville, TN