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Recent updates:                                                            Last website update: July 09, 2014

- We're pleased to announce that we get to bring Paul Oorts out with Karen Ashbrook this year! This was made possible through a grant from the Music Guild of New Mexico.
- Added announcements for July 20 ABQ benefit concert/open mic and August 02 Red River Dulcimer Festival

   Gobs of photos from the 2013 festival are posted on our facebook page.   

   We're working feverishly on the workshop schedule for 2014.

   We've left the 2013 schedule up so you can tell what the fest is like.   

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, OK, TX, VT and WI.

Thanks to all who made past festivals a success. With your help, the 2014 festival will be even better!

  • If you'd like to volunteer to help with this year's festival, please contact us.
  • Buy a raffle ticket for a chance to win a beautiful dulcimer quilt (festival fund raiser to help keep registration costs down).

2014 Headliners

Karen Ashbrook(Silver Spring, MD)  - Hammered Dulcimer
Linda Brockinton    (Alexander, AR)- Mountain Dulcimer
Mark Nelson(Jacksonville, OR)  - Mountain Dulcimer, Ukulele
Sam Rizzetta(Inwood, WV)  - Mountain and Hammered Dulcimers

Additional Instructors

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)  - Guitar, other
Irma Reeder(Albuquerque, NM)  - Mountain Dulcimer
Scott Reeder(Albuquerque, NM)- Bowed Psaltery, other
Michael VeSeart  (Albuquerque, NM)- Ukulele

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 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
  • Concerts
    • Friday and Saturday evening concerts by instructors (open to the public)
  • Jamming
    • Thursday night jamming until midnight at the festival host hotel - headliners will be arriving after they've had dinner*
    • Jamming skills workshops for both dulcimer types
    • Slow jam and regular jam during the day on Saturday*
    • Friday and Saturday night jams at the festival site after the concerts - then more jamming back at the host hotel until midnight*
    • *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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