Walnut Valley News

2015 Mid-East Regional Dulcimer Champions Announced

Coshocton Dulcimer Days Festival celebrated three days of workshops, concerts and competitions June 19th through 21th at Roscoe Village in Coshocton, Ohio.

 

The Mid-East Regional Dulcimer Championships were featured during the Sunday concert.

 

Winners of the Mid-East Regional Mountain Dulcimer Championship are:

            1st Place:        Michael Vickey, North East, PA

            2nd Place:       Tish Westman, Beckley, WV

            3rd Place:       J.D. LaBash, Austintown, OH

 

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.

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.