2017 National Mountain Dulcimer Champions Named

Contest Name: 2017 National Mountain Dulcimer Championships

1st Place Winner: Matthew Hathaway from Ft. Worth, TX 76179

Prize Instrument Selected: The 4FHKK Custom Koa Mountain Dulcimer provided by The Dulcimer Shoppe/McSpadden Mountain Dulcimers of Mountain View, AR

2nd Place Winner: Keith Reynolds from Labette City, KS 67356

Prize Instrument Selected: The 6FHWR-E Baritone Mountain Dulcimer provided by The Dulcimer Shoppe/McSpadden Mountain Dulcimers of Mountain View, AR

Michael Poole

2017 - Third place went to a person who is making only his second time to enter this contest. Michael Poole of Chapel Hill, NC made the cut to the final 5 in the 2016 competition. Michael is a Physician’s Assistant who says he is about to retire. He likes to attends other festivals like Mountain Laurel. Michael also plays the piano, mountain dulcimer and the guitar. His favorite thing to do in Winfield is jam out in the campgrounds. His hobbies include horses, singing and gardening.

Karen Nickel

2017 - Second place was awarded to Karen Nickel of Winfield, KS. Karen wasn’t going to enter the competition this year, but the first place winner, Cindy Harris caller her at 7:30 AM one morning and convinced her to enter, and it paid off for her. Karen is has attended the Festival for the past 24 years and lives just a stone’s throw away from the Festival grounds. Karen says her two hobbies are, of course, the autoharp and geocaching.

Matt Thomas

Matt Thomas of Virginia Beach, VA was awarded third place by the judges. He considers himself a guitar performer. This was Matt’s first time to Winfield and the Festival. He has attended other festivals like Merle fest and the Chet Atkins Appreciation Society as well as the Harp Guitar Gatherings. As mentioned before, he also plays the harp guitar. One of his favorite things to do is compose music. Matt takes back to VA the Larrivee LV10E Deluxe Guitar by Jean Larrivee Guitars of Oxnard, CA as his prize and that was in addition to the 3rd Place Trophy.