Walnut Valley News

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.

The online archives are back

Our webmaster informs us that all 469 artists and 504 contest winners to date are up in the new web site.  We still have a lot to add, but browse our history... we're sure you can lose some time!

Dan Crary - Coming Back to Walnut Valley 44

We want to send out our congratulations to the most recent addition to the list of hired artists for the 2015 Walnut Valley Festival, Dan Crary – legendary flatpicker and as of March 7th a card carrying member of the Kansas Music Hall of Fame.

Dan will be here in September (#36 for him?) with world class banjo musician Bill Evans and super songsmith Steve Spurgin.

Contest registration open for 2015

Good morning everyone! We hope you all had great holidays and are doing well heading into the new year.

Della Mae coming to Walnut Valley in 2015

We are excited to announce that the most recent addition to the list of hired performers for the 2015 Walnut Valley Festival is Della Mae. If you’ve never heard the music this group of talented young ladies makes, check out this song. You’re going to love them! http://youtu.be/YHs10etJ6NE

First booked performers for 2015

Walnut Valley is pleased to announce we have been able to work out the return for the 2015 Walnut Valley Festival the popular Irish band “Socks in the Frying Pan”. Details are still to be worked out but so far they will be joining Tom Chapin, The Steel Wheels, Marley’s Ghost and more to be named as they are added to the performing artist hired list for 2015.

Thanks for a successful 2014

Thank you to everyone that came and enjoyed this year’s festival. We deeply appreciate all the people that helped work here, the artists that come to play our stages on the interior as well as the campground stages. Thanks to the City of Winfield for the use of the grounds, the EMS, Firefighters and Police. Most of all thanks to all of you loyal Walnut Valley fans out there that come, year after year come rain or shine, to help the festival continue to be our home away from home.

2014 National Bluegrass Banjo winners

43rd Annual Walnut Valley Festival – Winfield, Kansas

Held annually each year on the 3rd weekend in September, the Walnut Valley Festival is the home of the International Autoharp Championship, the International Fingerstyle Guitar, the National Mountain Dulcimer, the National Flat Pick Guitar Championship, the National Hammered Dulcimer Championship and the National Bluegrass Banjo Championship. Other contests held at the Walnut Valley Festival are the National Mandolin Championship and the Walnut Valley Old Time Fiddle.  

2014 National Hammer Dulcimer champions named

Date: September 20, 2014                         Time: 6:00 PM

Contest Name: 2014 National Hammer Dulcimer Championships

1st Place Winner:  Karen Alley
City/State: Boulder, CO  
Web Address: www.facebook.com/karenalleydulcimer
Prize Instrument Selected:  A Master Works RXECR15 Russell Cook Edition Extended Range      
      Hammered Dulcimer presented by Master Works
          of Bennington, OK