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: July 30, 2015

- (Jul 10) Added photo of our Secretary's fest quilt in progress
- (Jul 17) Added Red River, NM, dulcimer festival announcement (see at left below)
- (Jul 30):
- Posted the 2015 workshop schedule (first draft), and modified all materials reflecting this matured planning
- We're delighted to bring David Ellison (mountain dulcimer) on board the teaching staff this year!
- See the Instructors page for our final teacher lineup and the wondrous Spotlight Concert artist we're bringing in
- Added September NMDF benefit concert announcement (see at left below)
- Added 2015 meal selections (see the Registration page)
- We're working hard to get a new host hotel under contract

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

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, 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
    • We're still negotiating a hotel contract, and hope to have a jam space available*
    • 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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