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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: September 10, 2014

- (Aug 31) What you all have been waiting for - the initial WORKSHOP SCHEDULE is finally here!
- (Aug 31) Updated the Skill Level FAQs on Workshops page
- (Sep 3) Corrected skill level on Mark Nelson's Hawaiian & Polynesian 1 class in schedule, updated Paul Oorts workshop descriptions.
- (Sep 10) Signed festival host hotel contract and updated lodging 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, 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)  - 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
    • 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*
    • Often we'll have Jamming skills workshops for both dulcimer types
    • Slow jam and regular jam during each festival day*
    • 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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