Recent updates: Last website update: October 09, 2014
- (Sep 21) Added catered meal selections (see Register page), updated photos of 2014 festival quilt...and updated Karen Alley's bio to reflect that she just became the new National Hammered Dulcimer Champion in competition at Winfield, KS! Way to go, Karen!
- (Sep 24) Regrettably, due to family health issues, Mark Nelson will be unable to get to New Mexico this year. We're very grateful that Karen Mueller from Minnesota is willing to come on this short notice to help with our festival (mountain dulcimer AND autoharp classes!). Updated all the website materials to reflect these changes.
- (Sep 25) 2014 T-Shirts are back from the printer! See Archives page.
- (Sep 27) Minor tweaks to the schedule and a couple of web pages to correctly represent the hotel jams.
- (Oct 09) Had to move bodhran and bowed psaltery workshops to deal with instructor schedule conflicts - no other changes.
September 24 - Note headliner change from Mark Nelson to Karen Mueller
New this year! Silent auction - a number of donated items including a wall hanging by quilt crafter Debbie Velasquez, and a brand new walnut mountain dulcimer compliments of McSpadden Dulcimers of Mountain View, Arkansas. Check the silent auction table at the festival for these and other wonderful items.
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, 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, NC, RI, TN, and WV.
Thanks to all who made past festivals a success. With your help, the 2014 festival will be even better!
|Karen Ashbrook||(Silver Spring, MD)||- Hammered Dulcimer, Penny Whistle, Palliative Music|
|Linda Brockinton||(Alexander, AR)||- Mountain Dulcimer|
|Karen Mueller||(Minneapolis, MN)||- Mountain Dulcimer, Autoharp|
|Sam Rizzetta||(Inwood, WV)||- Hammered and Mountain Dulcimers|
|Karen Alley||(Boulder, CO)||- Hammered Dulcimer|
|Dain Forsythe||(Albuquerque, NM)||- Bodhrán (Irish frame drum)|
|Donese Mayfield||(Albuquerque, NM)||- Celtic Harp|
|Paul Oorts||(Silver Spring, MD)||- Mountain Dulcimer, Guitar, Mandolin, English Country Dance tunes (all instruments)|
|Irma Reeder||(Albuquerque, NM)||- Mountain Dulcimer|
|Scott Reeder||(Albuquerque, NM)||- Bowed Psaltery|
|Michael VeSeart||(Albuquerque, NM)||- Ukulele|
What is the New Mexico Dulcimer Festival?
- Dulcimer Instruction
- Over 30 Workshops
- In addition to dulcimer classes, workshops on other folk instruments (may be Celtic harp, bowed psaltery, bodhrán, tin whistle, 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
- Friday and Saturday evening concerts by instructors (open to the public)
- Thursday night jamming until midnight at the festival host hotel - headliners will be arriving after they've had dinner*
- Often we'll have Jamming skills workshops for both dulcimer types
- Slow jam and regular jam during each festival day*
- Friday and Saturday night after-concert jams at the host hotel until midnight*
*Jams are intended for festival participants and their guests only. All acoustic folk instruments are welcome.
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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