Crooked Road Dulcimer Festival Coming to Ferrum College May 24 - 27, 2012.
Catering to players of all skill levels, the festival will feature nationally known
instructors, workshops, concerts, jams and displays of vintage mountain dulcimers.
Ferrum, Va. (April 17, 2012) – Dozens of mountain dulcimer players will sharpen their talents at the first annual
Crooked Road Dulcimer Festival, which will be held May 24-27 on the Ferrum College
campus. Catering to players of all skill levels, the Festival features 37 mountain
dulcimer workshops, nationally known instructors, concerts, jams, and displays of
vintage mountain dulcimers. Information and online registration can be found on the
Festival website, www.crookedroaddulcimerfestival.org.
Festival participants will explore a wide variety of mountain dulcimer techniques,
from basic strumming to playing with a bow. Style workshops will focus upon the standards
as well as fiddle tunes, sacred music, classical music, duets, and polkas, all played
on the mountain dulcimer. Festival instructors Ralph Lee Smith, Maddie MacNeil, Dave
Haas, Ken Bloom, Phyllis Gaskins, and Marsha Harris bring with them years of experience
playing and teaching dulcimer in the U.S. and abroad.
“The dulcimer has a long history in Virginia, dating back to the arrival of German
settlers in the 1700s,” said Roddy Moore, Director of Ferrum College’s Blue Ridge
Institute & Museum. “Today’s dulcimer community is not just keeping the older traditions
alive. Many of these musicians are taking the dulcimer down remarkably innovative
The Crooked Road Dulcimer Festival is open to all dulcimer players and fans. Festival
registration is $85 ($95 after May 1.) Lodging in Ferrum College’s new residential
conference facility and meal packages are available. The Festival runs from Thursday
evening, May 24, through Sunday morning, May 27.
The Crooked Road Dulcimer Festival is a program of Ferrum’s Blue Ridge Institute &
Museum, the official State Center for Blue Ridge Folklore and a Major Venue on the
Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail. For more information, call (540) 365-4412
or visit www.crookedroaddulcimerfestival.org.
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