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

March 9 - 13, 2016

 

   

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Past Buckeye Dulcimer Festivals:     2015        2014          2013          2012          2011 (20th)         Before the 20th 

 

WELCOME TO THE BUCKEYE DULCIMER FESTIVAL WEBSITE!

 

For your planning ... Dates for Upcoming Buckeye Dulcimer Festivals

March 9 - 13, 2016                        March 8 - 12, 2017

2016 Staff is almost complete.  We'll making those announcements soon.

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VISITORS

We've had requests regarding 'visiting' on Saturday and being able to shop with the vendors.  

Visitors are welcomed in the Dining Hall (where the vendors are located) anytime from 9am to 4pm.   When checking in at the registration table, you'll need to fill out our festival release form and RU's release form.
                                                    Cost:  $10           Lunch (extra)

After 4 pm, folks coming to visit vendors, stay for dinner and evening concert begin arriving.   When checking in at the registration table, you'll need to fill out our festival release form and RU's release form.    Cost: $20

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FRIDAY (3/6) and SATURDAY NIGHT (3/7)  CONCERTS

CONCERT LINEUPS as of 2/28/15:

Friday Night:  
Country Strings (Joyce, Shari, and friends) * Janita Baker * <BREAK>  * Katie Moritz * Rick Fitzgerald*

Saturday Night:  
Chris & Joe Steiner * Jan Hammond *  < BREAK > * Larry Conger * Ruth & Steve Smith*  Buckeye Band

 Time:  7:00 pm (Doors open 6:30)

Adult Admission - $10
       *Children 12 and under - FREE with paying adult per child

Open to the Public!
 

 

Posted 2/28:  Concert lineup revisions for Friday and Saturday nights.

Posted 2/24:   Katie Moritz    Extended class descriptions           Saturday mini-sessions

Posted 2/24:   Gary Sager     Descriptions for Gary's two Saturday mini-sessions

Posted 2/15:  The festival menu has been updated. 

Posted 2/10 - STAFF UPDATE ... We are sorry to announce that Jess Dickinson will not be able to join us this year.   Our thoughts and prayers are with Jess and his family as they take the necessary time to
mourn the death of their son.   We look forward to having Jess join us next year.

THANKS to Katie Moritz from the Chicago area for adjusting her schedule to join us.   Katie is an accomplished hammered dulcimer player and Winfield winner.   In talking with Katie, her warmth, dedication, and excitement regarding her music and teaching gave us every confidence that she will be a wonderful 'fit' for our festival.  Check back
in a day or two for her 'extended' class descriptions and Saturday mini workshop titles.   WELCOME KATIE!     
Learn more about Katie

 

Posted 2/4:   Updated Motel rates for 2015.   A growing number of motels are giving festival participants a special rate ... must mention the Buckeye Dulcimer Festival. 
 

Weekend Schedule:  We're building the schedule right here on the website.  Here's what we have so far.
 
Registrations:  Registrations have just been fantastic, but there's always room for more.  If you are an experienced player, Buckeye would be a tremendous opportunity to bring along a friend ... a newbie.

With the opportunity for 10 hours of instruction during the extended session on Thursday and Friday, a 'new player' can make serious strides in moving to the next level, whether it be on the mountain dulcimer, hammer dulcimer, or (this year) the ukulele.

The early bird registration concept was an overwhelming success with many folks taking advantage of the savings and registering before the holidays.  Now, we just need to concentrate on great weather with an early spring.
2015 T-Shirt:   Don't miss out on this one ... so eye catching and it tells the story.  
T-shirts and Sweatshirts have been ordered. (February 15, 2015).  
Over 100 shirts were ordered!!!   Jan's beautiful design will be celebrated throughout the midwest!

Brochure:   To view or print, click here.
*Registration Form:  To view or print as PDF, click here ... from registration webpage, click here.
*As of February 22 ... if you are interested in registering, please call 937-295-5253 and talk with Joyce or Shari.

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

We submitted orders for over 100 of these shirts.   Thanks, again, Jan!  (Posted:  2/15/15)


       

 

 

SATURDAY ....  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
Advanced

Hammered Dulcimer
Past Beginner

Hammered Dulcimer
Intermediate

Hammered Dulcimer
Advanced

Autoharp
Intermediate

Special Sessions

ALL - DAY
Continuous Sessions

Session 1: 
      
9:00 – 10:15
DARLING NELLY GRAY - Repertoire

A pretty song with a touching story.

We'll start learning this song with a single string melody. 

Time permitting, we'll add chords.


 

 

Louise Ziegler

A PAIR OF BOB WILLS TUNES

We’ll learn some nice chord work on the beautiful Faded Love.  We will focus on different ways to play the chords and work the melody into the chords.
We'll have some fun swinging with Take Me Back to Tulsa.  We will be looking at the melody from a very basic perspective, looking at some very easy embellishments, and focusing primarily on getting the swing feeling with the right hand.
Joe Steiner

ENSEMBLES AND DUETS
This workshop is great for improving your sight-reading and timing skills as well as an easy and fun way to experience the musicality of multi-part performance.  The arrangements will offer two, three and four part arrangements for standard dulcimers;
if you have a bass dulcimer by all means bring it too!  Come tuned  to D A D

Janita Baker

"LET THERE BE PEACE ON EARTH"
Learn this beautiful tune in a chord/melody style, compose your own chord back-up arrangement and play it together in parts... peaceably of course. (Mixolydian mode and knowledge of standard chord shapes)
Jan Hammond

 
TOE-TAPPING FIDDLE TUNES
In this repertoire class, we will learn 2 or 3 songs commonly played at Buckeye jams. Selections will include “Rock the Cradle, Joe”, “Boatman”, “John Ryan’s Polka”, and “Fly Around My Pretty Little Miss” as time allows. If there is a particular jam tune you’ve heard at Buckeye and would like to learn, please let me know.

Chris Steiner

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.
Ruth Smith

PLAYING A POP DUET
Looking to learn a tune that everyone will recognize?   “I’m Yours”, by Jason Mraz, is a happy little tune that spent a record 76 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 charts, making it one of the most well-known songs of the past decade. Even if you think you haven’t heard it, you probably have.  Conveniently, it lends itself well to the hammered dulcimer!  Learn a reggae rhythm and chord back-up, as well as this melody and several improvisations to create a crowd pleasing 2 part arrangement. We will work through this as a “duet” for two or more players, but the tune can also be played solo.
Katie Moritz
(Posted:  2/24)

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.

Rick Fitzgerald

INTRODUCTION to CLAWHAMMER BANJO

Steve Smith will start from scratch on the claw-hammer banjo. 

This double session is geared to the new player or one that is just getting started.


Please plan on staying for both sessions until lunch. 


Let us know if you would like to borrow a banjo.

Beginner - Mountain Dulcimer (Instructor - Ricki Spicer)

 

Beginner - Hammer Dulcimer (Instructor - Doug Daegele)

 

Beginner - Autoharp (Instructor - Phyllis Davis)


 

Session 2: 
    10:30 - 11:45
SEPTEMBER ON THE MISSISSIPPI

September On The Mississippi is an original composition for dulcimer by Larry Conger from 1994. The tune features a flowing melody and rich, color chords but is deceptively easy to learn. The tune is a great way to begin learning the chord-melody style of playing the dulcimer. DAD tuning.
Larry Conger

AN Old-Timey RAG

We’ll learn to play the popular old-time tune, Pig Ankle Rag, and discuss how to use the right hand to get the syncopated feel which makes rags sound like, well… rags! As time allows we’ll look at alternate ways to play the melody and alternate 'licks' to use in constructing phrases.

Joe Steiner

"MY 70's" 
Receive tab and learn two tunes from
my 1970's. These are arranged in a chord/melody style. We'll learn how to find the notes you need on the melody, middle and bass string within a chord shape. This helps maintain tone and smoothes out our playing. We'll be in the Mixolydian mode. One tune requires a capo, but if you can work out of a barre chord, you'll be okay. The other song has a note on the 1-1/2 fret, but don't fret, we can work around that one too, with an alternative chord. (Take Me Home Country Roads and I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing
Jan Hammond

FINGERPICKING REPERTOIRE

This workshop is designed to enhance your fingerpicking skills with melodic arrangements of classical, traditional and old time fiddle tunes and perhaps a few surprises.  The arrangements will be selected to offer experienced fingerpickers songs to both challenge and advance your skill level. Come tuned D A D.
Janita Baker

 
PLAYING ALONG WHEN YOU DON'T KNOW A TUNE

So how do you play along when you don’t know the tune? In this class, we will learn one basic chord pattern that you will be able to use to play along with ANY tune in ANY key. You will be AMAZED at how simple it is once you know the secret. Once we learn this pattern in 4/4 time and in waltz time, we will practice using it in a jam situation using songs in various keys.
Chris Steiner

A LOVELY TRADITIONAL   WALTZ
Duet Arrangement

This happy little tune is fun to play.

The oom pah pah chords used to back up the tune are all played on the bass bridge and the right side of the treble bridge.  Only one note will be played on the left side of the treble bridge.  This will be a great opportunity to learn notes in alternate positions that aren’t often used.

 

Joyce Harrison

“CRAZY”
This song, written by Willie Nelson, was made famous by Patsy Cline in 1962.  It’s a great tune to play on hammered dulcimer and one that audiences always recognize.  It is not super-easy, but this tune forces players to move “outside the box” and allows for lots of creativity. We will start with the basic melody and begin learning how to fill in the spaces with ornamentation.  This is a good tune for learning and implementing chromatic, blues runs, which we will try to dive into during the  work-shop.   Hand-outs will be provided.

Katie Moritz

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. 
Rick Fitzgerald

Session 3:
     1:15 - 2:30
INTRODUCTION TO FINGERPICKING
For those with little or no experience, this class will cover both left and right hand techniques for fingerpicking the mountain dulcimer.  We’ll start with very simple introductory songs and work up to more intricate (but not necessarily more difficult) arrangements.  Using a variety of musical styles the class will work on both pattern and melodic finger-picking techniques. Come tuned D A D

Janita Baker

HYMNS & GOSPEL TUNES
We will learn to play chord/melody style at least three  hymns in this workshop. “Blessed Assurance”, “Near The Cross”, “At Calvary”. Time permitting, we might get another in.

 

 

Gary Sager

WALTZING

"We'll have some fun using chords to support the beautiful melody of Ook Pik Waltz. 

We will focus on using the chords to give shape to the melody.

 

 

Joe Steiner

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 the way they were originally intended. The result is a fun way to perform familiar songs, adding interest for the listener while challenging the player.
Larry Conger

 

GHOST RIDERS

I’ll teach you the tune, and then later you can make up your own words to the much-parodied “Ghost Riders in the Sky”. Previously heard in Buckeye concerts as “Ghost Dulcimers in the Sky” or “Ghost Chickens in the Sky”. Call it whatever you want, it will be a fun and catchy tune to learn.

 

Chris Steiner

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.
Ruth Smith

VOICES of the AUTOHARP
Diatonic/Chromatic....
You will learn to separate autoharp melody into 3 parts, breaking away from the "wall of sound" that is heard when several 'harps play melody at the same time. You will also learn to use various enhancements to the harmonies to create a really pretty ensemble piece.
Mary-Jo Ward

 

INTRODUCTION to UKULELE

This session is focused on folks that are interested in learning about the ukulele.  Steve will be teaching the very basics of the instrument especially for folks that were not able to attend the more comprehensive extended session.
Bring yours or borrow one to explore this instrument.  We'll have several loaners.
Steve Smith

Session 4: 
    
2:45 – 4:00
ENSEMBLE/ DUET ARRANGEMENTS (all levels welcome)

Lovely Duet arrangement of Lady Mary and

Ensemble arrangement of  Lilliburlero

 

 

 

 

 

Louise Ziegler

JUMP INTO THAT JAM .... Playing Backup Chords
Have you ever wanted to participate in a dulcimer jam but you felt a little intimidated. You didn’t recognize all the tunes they were playing and they were going a little fast. Here is your chance to learn a little about playing accompaniment chords in the key of D on the mountain dulcimer so you can JUMP right in. And as an added bonus and the idea is to play right along, there will be no need of pencil & paper or music stands. What could be simpler?

Gary Sager

"50's REVISITED"
Learn two tunes from the late 50's. These are arranged with the chord/melody style, in the Mixolydian mode. We'll learn how to find the notes you need on the melody, middle and bass string within a chord shape.
[Let It Be Me and Que Será Será (2 versions)]

Jan Hammond

 

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.

Larry Conger

 

PLANNING TO IMPROVE
Getting in musical ruts and reaching plateaus are things that happen to every musician. We'll address setting attainable goals (improving rhythm, playing with dynamics, understanding theory, dealing with stage fright, etc...).  Then, we'll follow up by investigating ways to mindfully improve your playing and work towards your goals. I'll discuss strategies and techniques, and share a couple of my favorite exercises.  Hand-outs will be provided. 

Katie Moritz

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. 
Ruth Smith

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.

Rick Fitzgerald
   
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 open stage and a special. 
 


                                                                                                                                                                                             

FRIDAY
(March 6, 2015) at 4 pm, we'll gather for a special activity to wrap up the extended session.  

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 (2014) 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 Landrum

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