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Click here for a printable Festival Flyer and here for a printable color or printable grayscale Festival Handbill (two per page).

Recent updates:                                                            Last website update: August 25, 2015

- (Aug 24) Posted photograph of completed Fest Quilt
- (Aug 24) Populated Lodging page with 2015 host hotel information.
- (Aug 25) We are delighted that Charles Whitmer, beloved throughout the US autoharp community, has recently moved to NM. Bring your autoharps because we've added a class for beginners and beyond - see bio on the Instructors webpage, and his autoharp workshop added to the schedule.
- (Aug 28) Added banner describing participant instrument sales table.

New this year: Welcome to Granny's Attic! Do you have an instrument in good playing condition you'd like to sell? Bring it! We are offering a limited space to our participants who would like to display an instrument for sale. Please note: *instruments only *no books, cd's, etc. *one instrument per person *no dealers, please!

Provide instrument details, cost, your name and contact info on a card/flyer to be placed with your item. Important: this is not consignment sales. NMDF is not responsible for showing or selling your instrument. NMDF is not responsible for damage/theft of the item left for show. Questions? See the contact page.


Mountain and hammered dulcimers
Mountain and Hammered Dulcimers

While there are lots of dulcimer festivals in the mid/eastern part of the country, there's only a handful of festivals in the entire western United States. What is a dulcimer anyways? And why a dulcimer festival in Albuquerque, New Mexico? In 2010 when we held our inaugural festival, we wondered if anyone would come. Response has exceeded all expectations! Not only have participants come from all over NM, but also AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, FL, IL, IN, KS, NE, NH, NV, OK, TX, VT and WI. We've used local teaching staff from numerous places throughout NM and brought headliners in from AR, CA, CO, FL, MD, MN, MO, NC, RI, TN, TX, and WV.

Thanks to all who made past festivals a success. With your help, our next festival will be even better!

  • If you'd like to volunteer to help with this year's festival, please contact us.
  • See this year's beautiful festival quilt (fund raiser to help keep registration costs down).


2015 Headliners


Bing Futch(Orlando, FL)  - Mountain Dulcimer, Ukulele
Gary Gallier    (Springfield, MO)- Mountain Dulcimer
David Moran(Richardson, TX)- Hammered Dulcimer
Rick Thum(Eureka, MO)  - Hammered Dulcimer, Bodhran

Additional Instructors


Karen Alley(Boulder, CO)- Hammered Dulcimer
David Ellison(Lovington, NM)- Mountain Dulcimer
Donese Mayfield(Albuquerque, NM)- Celtic Harp
Andy Moss(Albuquerque, NM)- Irish Penny Whistle
Joe Morgan(Irving, TX)- Hammered Dulcimer, Guitar
Irma Reeder(Albuquerque, NM)- Mountain Dulcimer
Scott Reeder(Albuquerque, NM)- Bowed Psaltery
Michael VeSeart    (Albuquerque, NM)- Ukulele
Charles Whitmer    (Santa Fe, NM)- Autoharp

What is the New Mexico Dulcimer Festival?


  • Dulcimer Instruction
    • Two days of hammered dulcimer and mountain dulcimer workshops for all skill levels
    • "Never-played-before" workshops for those who want to start
    • A limited number of dulcimer rentals are available to registered participants for the event
  • Over 40 Workshops
    • In addition to dulcimer classes, workshops on other folk instruments (may be Celtic harp, bowed psaltery, bodhrán, tin whistle, autoharp, guitar, mandolin, fiddle, ukulele, other - see workshops)
    • A limited number of our workshops are offered a la carte where guests of registered participants or walk-ins can pay for specific sessions
    • A la carte workshops are included for registered participants
    • Loaner instruments are available at no cost for many of these workshops
  • Concerts
    • Friday and Saturday evening concerts by instructors (open to the public)
    • Instructor mini-concert just for participants
    • Spotlight concert featuring an artist on a non-dulcimer instrument (just for participants)
  • Jamming
    • Jam space is available at the hotel Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights 7pm-11pm*
    • Slow jam and regular jam during each festival day*
    • Often we'll have Jamming skills workshops for both dulcimer types
    • *Jams are intended for festival participants and their guests only. All acoustic folk instruments are welcome.

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Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta


Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta
Hot air balloons over Albuquerque

We scheduled this year's dulcimer festival the weekend following the October 5-13, 2013, Balloon Fiesta so we might catch more of you RVers traveling through the southwest. We hope you'll stay in Albuquerque after the balloon spectacle to make some music with us.

With more than 700 beautiful hot air balloons participating, the Fiesta is the largest ballooning event on earth. Attracting more than 800,000 national and international visitors and more than 800 media representatives from across the globe, it is also the largest annual event in North America. It has been recognized as the world's most photographed event, and has been characterized as the most spectacular and colorful festival on the planet.

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