THE BUCKEYE DULCIMER FESTIVAL
24th Annual ... held at Recreation Unlimited, Ashley, Ohio

March 4 - 8, 2015

 

   

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Past Buckeye Dulcimer Festivals          2014          2013          2012          2011 (20th)         Before the 20th 

 

WELCOME TO THE BUCKEYE DULCIMER FESTIVAL WEBSITE!

 

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!   (10/20/14)

Brochure:   To view or print, click here.

Registration Form:  To view or print as PDF, click here ... from registration webpage, click here.

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If you are on our mailing list, you should have received your brochure and registration form around October 30.   If you did not receive the mailing, email us and we'll get it in the mail ASAP.

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The weekend schedule including Saturday's workshop grid will be posted here by December 1. 

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2015 T-Shirt/Sweatshirt will be burgundy featuring another of
Jan Hammond's wonderful designs. 
(Posted:  11/4/14)

       

 

 

We're building the BDF workshop weekend schedule - Tentative.    Watch as instructors send us their input.
Don't forget ... All-Day Beginner Classes for mountain dulcimer, hammered dulcimer, and autoharp. BRING A FRIEND!

 

Mountain Dulcimer
Past Beginner

Mountain Dulcimer
Intermediate

Mountain Dulcimer
Intermediate

Mountain Dulcimer
Intermediate/Advanced

Hammered Dulcimer
Past Beginner

Hammered Dulcimer
Intermediate

Hammered Dulcimer
Advanced

Autoharp
Intermediate

ALL - DAY
Continuous Sessions

Session 1: 
      
9:00 – 10:15
         

The Silver Spear…  We’ll have fun learning this quick reel which is a staple of the Irish music repertoire. Students will learn by ear and repetition, with written notation also pro-vided. Use of a record-ing device is highly recommended.

 

Now for Thumb-thing Else:  The thumb is often relegated to pounding out the bass rhythm. We’ll explore how the thumb can take the lead in playing melody and help with picking up the pace to play a faster tune.

Beginner - Mountain Dulcimer (Instructor - Ricki Spicer)

Beginner - Hammer Dulcimer (Instructor - Doug Daegele)

Beginner - Autoharp (Instructor - Phyllis Davis)

Beginner - Clawhammer Banjo (Instructor - Steve Smith)

Session 2: 
     10:30 - 11:45
 

PARTNER SONGS 
The term "partner songs" is defined as two songs that can be played and sung at the same time. In this class, you will learn various songs that can be played together as a duet. While the songs will not be difficult to learn by themselves, the fun begins when the class begins to partner them together. Note that you DO NOT have to have a duet partner in order to attend this class. All arrangements can stand alone as a solo.

 
         

Singing with Your Autoharp:  
It’s All About YOU!
  There is perhaps no other instrument quite like the autoharp in terms of having the ability to reflect the mood and emotion in tender song – or to step all over it. We’ll look at ways to use the ‘harp to bring the most out of your vocal arrangement, as well as how to find the key that is best suited to your voice. 

 

Session 3:
     1:15 - 2:30
     

TWISTED TUNES Rocky Top as a jig? Arkansas Traveler as a waltz? This class will take familiar tunes and "twist" them into something other than they way they were originally intended. The result is a fun way to perform familiar songs, adding interest for the listener while challenging the player.

   

Farewell to Whiskey  This pretty Scottish lament will help us learn more about the strathspey including the Scottish snap - how it should be played and embellished. You’ll have the music to take home with you, but please bring a recording device to help you remember all that we cover in this advanced class.

 

 

Session 4: 
    
2:45 – 4:00
     

THE MOVEABLE CAPO  
Instead of using a capo, this class will show you how to use your last three fingers as a moveable or adjustable capo while allowing your thumb and index finger to create a melody out in front of the "capoed" position. This technique allows you access to all of the frets on the dulcimer because the fingers can be removed whenever needed, unlike a real capo. Some of the tunes that have been taught in the past include "June Apple" "Home With The Girls In The Morning" and "Lonesome John." This class is a fun challenge.

   

I Wonder As I Wander
Learn the hauntingly beautiful winter favorite “I Wonder as I Wander.” We’ll study 4 different chord-based variations of the melody and sneak in a little hands independence as well as playing with greater expression.   Students will learn by ear and repetition, with written notation also provided. Use of a recording device is highly
recommended.

Preparing for a Contest
In this session we will review the criteria by which contests like those at The Walnut Valley Festival (Winfield) and Mountain Laurel Autoharp Gatherings are judged, cover some tips for improving your arrangements and how to get yourself ready to play your best.
 
Open Stage: 
     4:15 - 4:45
 
Hootenany: 
     4:45 - 5:15
 


 

Here's just an idea of what to expect at Buckeye 2015.
 

OVERVIEW OF THE FULL Buckeye Dulcimer Festival 4-DAY EXTENDED SCHEDULE:

The festival/camp edition will start with WEDNESDAY night's  (March 4, 2015) orientation, skits, jamming, and more. 

We'll continue on THURSDAY & FRIDAY (March 5 & 6, 2015) with 5 hours of intensive instruction each day on the 
Hammered & Mountain Dulcimer, Autoharp (intermediate), Ukulele and 'Band~It' group,
evening instructor-led jams, participant and class open stages. 
 


                                                                                                                                                                                             

FRIDAY
(March 6, 2015) at 4 pm, each class will have a chance to have demonstrate what they learned
during the extended session.  
The Open Stage Director transforms the Lodge into an Open Stage 'in the round' with classes filling
each nook and cranny.   We love the relaxed atmosphere.   With Class Open Stage, the extended portion of the
Buckeye Dulcimer Festival draws to a close.   

During late afternoon on
FRIDAY, we welcome our weekend participants and start to
convert to a festival format including shopping with our vendors and Friday night concert with
jamming afterwards. 
 (March 6, 2015)

SATURDAY (March 7, 2015)
                    
A FULL MINI WORKSHOP SCHEDULE:   featuring four 75-minute sessions for mountain dulcimer; hammered dulcimer; autoharp; 

                                                                                                              
        
BEGINNER/NEW PLAYER Classes:

Mountain dulcimer, hammered dulcimer, and autoharp. 
These 3 1/2 hour classes will provide the basic technique, repertoire, and ideas for jamming with others.

--- All-day (3 1/2 hour) open jam in the Dining Hall
--- Evening concert with jamming afterwards

SUNDAY (March 8, 2015) morning Gospel Sing, raffle drawing, and Good-Byes

HOUSING ... STAY WITH US AT RECREATION UNLIMITED ...
MOTEL IT! ... COMMUTE FROM HOME.

Questions on RU onsite housing:   There are 3 cabins (A, B, and C) that consist of two wings with a large lounge and restrooms in the central area.  Each cabin can house approximately 48 participants ... 24 in each wing.  
Cabin B has been designated as our 'couples' cabin.  Gentlemen are housed in one wing and ladies in the other.  

Each year, I'm amazed at how folks 'build their nest' in the cabins. 

Included in your confirmation letter, you'll find a listing of things that will make your stay a pleasant one. 

If this modified dorm housing setup is not for you, there is a list of area motels with special rates posted on the HOUSING page.  Be sure to mention that you'll be attending the Buckeye Dulcimer Festival for these rates.

SUMMARY ... BUCKEYE IS SO MUCH MORE THAN A FESTIVAL

What can't be expressed by looking at a schedule is the atmosphere of family and friendship that is 'Buckeye'. 
We feature the finest of instructors, yes, but we look for staff who are willing to give, tirelessly, of their time and talent for our participants.  Jamming can be one of the most rewarding or most frustrating experience for players. 
It is our goal to make that jamming experience, THE BEST!

BDF leadership as a lease group continues to work with Recreation Unlimited in keeping prices as
low as possible.   I'm not sure that there are many 4-day events that have kept the
overall cost including all program, lodging, and food for $350. 

We hope this all sounds great and that you'll join us for the 24th year of the
Buckeye Dulcimer Festival. 

DPN Ad, Fall 2014
Thanks to Dan and Angie


 

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