held at Recreation Unlimited
Ashley, Ohio

#29 - APRIL 22 - 26, 2020    

#30 ...  APRIL 14 - 18, 2021




Extended Session Staff




First time to Buckeye ... Welcome Marsha!

Intermediate 2 & Advanced
(5 hours with each class on Thursday or Friday)

Marsha Harris lives in Morehead City, NC.  Marsha’s varied interests are seen in instrumentation as well as genres of music.  She plays Appalachian mountain dulcimer, bowed dulcimer, Galax dulcimer, fiddle and Native American style flute.

She has been playing old time music since 1993. Her varied musical interests include traditional old-time, Celtic, contemporary, classical, Swedish, Cajun and original compositions. She plays beautiful, intricate melodies on the mountain dulcimer and is an excellent bowed dulcimer player.† Her easygoing style in teaching and patience are a favorite with students. Dulcimer instructors have taught her original composition, Red Dog, published in the Dulcimer Folk Association of Connecticut newsletter, to students for its ease of learning and it can be heard in jam circles.

She has traveled to areas in North Carolina, Vermont, Virginia, Louisiana, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Kentucky, Arizona and Texas to teach various workshops and perform.

Marsha is a member of The Bogue Sounds, an eclectic group of musicians that play old time to contemporary music.

She has won the mountain dulcimer championship at Union Grove Fiddle Festival and first place awards at the Mt. Airy Fiddler’s Convention in NC as well as other awards. Marsha has also won awards on the mountain dulcimer and fiddle at the Galax Fiddlers Convention in Virginia and the Appalachian String Band Festival, known as Clifftop, in West Virginia. Marsha has been attending the North Carolina State Fair Folk Festival presenting her music and receiving instrumental and vocal awards as well as the Annette Pulley Trophy in 2014 at the North Carolina State Fair Folk Festival. The award is presented to an individual or group for outstanding talent, sportsmanship, audience appeal and continuing support to the Folk Festival. Marsha was surprised and very honored to receive this award.

Marsha has also been a caller for contra dances and Civil War reenactment balls. Marsha travels to numerous fiddle and other music festivals where she enjoys meeting friends and making new friends learning new tunes by ear to pass along to others.

Since 2009, Marsha has been delving into the Native American flute. Her creativity comes through the playing of this beautiful instrument.  She is a member of the Neuse River Flute Circle based in Raleigh. Marsha attends various Native American style flute festivals around the country.

Her first album, A Nice Combination, shows her diversity in music. It includes original compositions and old standards. With the help of friends contributing their musical talents, the album was completed after a two-year process.

In September 2015, when she was a member of the world music group Painted Raven, she played Native American flute and mountain and bowed dulcimers.  The group received the 2015 Indian Summer Music Awards Best Song in the Instrumental Music Category. The song was “Blue Mountains” on the Wildflowers CD.

Marsha’s upcoming recording project will be solo Native American flute of original music.  Additional projects will be a vocal recording and well as an instrumental recording.

Marsha is the director of the Crooked Road Dulcimer Festival,, in Ferrum, VA, which is sponsored by the Blue Ridge Institute and Museum.


VIDEO LINKS This was taken a the North Georgia Foothills Dulcimer Association, fall festival also called Unicoi. The dulcimer provided a droning by finger strumming across all stings. This was a competition where I played "Hangman's Reel" with Wayne Henderson playing guitar. (I took 4th place that year). Wayne is a friend, great picker and extraordinary luthier.



Welcome Back, Tina!

Intermediate 2 & Advanced
(5 hours with each class on Thursday or Friday)

Hailed by Pete Seeger as “the best hammered dulcimer player I’ve heard in my life,” Tina Bergmann has been performing concerts, and teaching workshops and private lessons from an early age. A fourth-generation musician, Bergmann began playing music at age eight, learning the mountain dulcimer from her mother in the aural tradition and learning the hammered dulcimer at the knee of West Virginia-native builder and performer Loy Swiger.

Demonstrating gifts for both performance and teaching, she has been a featured performer across the United States, performing solo; as a duo with her husband, bassist Bryan Thomas; with her stringband,  Hu$hmoney; and as a member of Apollo’s Fire, Cleveland’s world renowned Baroque Orchestra. 

She has toured throughout the United States with Apollo's Fire, and enjoyed an international tour of England and Ireland that included the National Concert Hall in Dublin, Belfast Castle in Belfast IRE, and Snape Maltings in the UK.

She is on six recordings with Apollo's Fire, five of which have debuted in the top 10 Billboard Classical list, and on six recordings with her various bands and husband, bass player Bryan Thomas. 

Her website, where you can hear where's she playing next, listen to music and make purchases, is at


        Slavic Waltz 
         Red Rocking Chair with Apollo's Fire 
          At Work on the Land/Tatter Jack Walsh with Apollo's Fire





Welcome Back, Lorinda!

Intermediate 2 & Advanced
(5 hours with each class on Thursday or Friday)

Lorinda Jones performing on the Celtic harp and mountain dulcimer transports listeners to a place that reminds them of their ancestral roots. Her music encompasses the roots of American music from the ancient songs and dances of the Celtic lands to American old time music, and current folk idiom.

Lorinda grew up in a musical family in southern Kentucky, performing at an early age on piano and oboe. After earning a music education degree, she focused on folk music and added numerous stringed instruments to her pallet of offerings. She has organized, led, and performed with various groups throughout her music career, and continues to have the flexibility to offer programming for solo, duo, trio, and full ensemble performing genres from traditional music, to classical and popular tunes for weddings and receptions.

As a music  therapist, Lorinda reaches populations beyond the concert stage through her work with the Music Therapy Services of Central Kentucky, the Kentucky Center For The Arts: Arts in Healing Directory and her private practice with older adults in residential settings. Through concerts, workshops, special programs, and retreats, Lorinda provides both entertaining and therapeutic music to diverse audiences.

Lorinda is a founding member of the Heartland Dulcimer Club and has volunteered with the non-profit organization based in Elizabethtown for more than 25 years, directing the ensemble and coordinating a nationally recognized annual festival. The Heartland Harp Ensemble is also her creation, a 12 member group of harpists performing in churches, hospitals, concerts halls and special events. In addition, Lorinda performs nationally and teaches both dulcimer and harp at music camps and festivals across the United States from Maine to California.

She is the author of numerous instructional music books and her CD recordings have had nationwide airplay. Her Celtic Chamber Trio, na Skylark, has released Old Ceol, a CD of traditional Irish music on authentic Irish instruments with the addition of the American mountain dulcimer.

A reflection of Lorinda's background in performing, music education, and music therapy, performances are informative and engaging whether on a concert stage, in a classroom, weekend retreat, wedding, or festival event. Audiences of all ages enjoy the “historic charm” of Lorinda's music.

From Shari:  Lorinda joined us for the 1st time several years ago and taught Harp to our extended participants on Thursday & Friday, taught a 90 minute Pennywhistle class on Thursday night and then moved over to the mountain dulcimer for Saturday's mini sessions.

I asked Lorinda for a list of her favorite youtubes of her performances and other activities. 

Here is her list.    Meet Lorinda Jones ... Enjoy!

Here’s a neat one from my trio’s visit to Elderly music in MI, includes both harp and dulcimer

Lots of folks like this solo dulcimer video

here’s one with the club

and I love this one with the 2 flutes

and from my relaxation DVD

and playing in Ireland!


Welcome Back, Phyllis!

Intermediate 2 & Advanced
(5 hours with each class on Thursday or Friday)

Phyllis is proud to come from a "musical" family! Her earliest memories of childhood include always singing with her family. They sang in the car, around the campfire, and while chores were done. Phyllis credits her mother with her first introduction to harmonies; Phyllis' father played in dance bands from time to time. She spent hours of her pre-teen years sitting at her grandfather's organ, picking out melodies and chords and even writing her first tunes. It was inevitable that when Phyllis was 13 and found an old guitar sitting in the corner of the sun porch at her other grandparents' home that she would pick it up and never really look back.

Music became her focus from that day on, and she started performing at the age of 15 for local school and church events.
Phyllis studied Music Education at Tennessee Tech University in Tennessee, and was delighted when her father built both her first mountain dulcimer and hammered dulcimer.

Phyllis has always enjoyed teaching others what she has learned, and has taught and performed at numerous venues, ranging from city and county folk festivals, Old Time Festivals, weddings, fundraisers, Christmas celebrations, church services and special events.

“I think people tend to perceive playing musical instruments as something that is very difficult to do, and I heartily disagree! I think MOST people are capable of playing something! And it's so worthwhile! It provides a wide spectrum of benefits--self-accomplishment, comfort, escape, even friendship! Playing most instruments is a simple matter of learning your instrument inside out, teaching your mind the melodies, and your muscles the movements.

We can all play someone else’s arrangements. I prefer to teach how to create your own lovely and interesting arrangements.”

From Shari (BDF): 
I found this picture from several years ago from one of the times Phyllis joined us here at Buckeye.   With her class,
she was so engaging and fun, but had that 'can do' attitude
with all that they did.

We are so looking forward to having her join us in April.  She'll be teaching the Intermediate 2 and Advanced Hammer group during the extended.


Here's a few YouTube links that Phyllis has shared with us.






Welcome Back, Diane!   It wouldn't be the same without you!

Past Beginner/Early Intermediate

Once again, Diane will bring her love of music to the Buckeye Dulcimer Festival.   At her home in NE Ohio Amish company, her home is filled with music as she gives lessons on piano, guitar, and mountain dulcimer to many in the community.

She has given freely of her time and talent to help new players on the mountain dulcimer along their musical journey.  Her orientation introductions have included comparing learning the dulcimer to football, fishing, and I know that I am forgetting some good ones.

For many years, we knew Diane as the mother who brought (sat in class )two of her daughters (Hannah and Joanna) to the festival. 

We are so glad that this year you will be working with our
past beginner/early intermediate group of mountain dulcimer players.




Welcome Back, Chris!  You teach, help behind the scenes, entertain, and so much more.  I

Past Beginner/Early Intermediate

In 1997, when Chris Steiner responded to a newspaper ad that said, “Learn to play 10 songs on the dulcimer in 2 hours.  Keep the dulcimer. $35”, little did she know where it would lead.  That first dulcimer turned out to be a cardboard mountain dulcimer. Within two weeks, she was performing at the county fair and local nursing homes. A few months later, she saw her first hammered dulcimer, and fell in love all over again. The very first dulcimer festival that she attended was none other than Buckeye, and she has attended every one since then, as a participant the first four years, and an instructor the last eighteen. (Yes, she has all of her name badges to prove it!) As someone who never touched a stringed instrument until she was in her 40s, Chris is living proof that you are never too old to learn, and she just LOVES teaching “old dogs new tricks”.

In addition to private lessons, Chris conducts workshops and performs at several festivals and venues yearly.  Her vita has included assisting with in-school music clubs and programs, and conducting workshops for school teachers for “Bluegrass in the Schools” in conjunction with the International Bluegrass Music Association in Nashville.  Chris (and Joe) are also very instrumental in running a large, twice-yearly bluegrass festival, now in it’s 43rd year.

Chris (Cooperrider) Steiner is one-half (the better half, she says!) of Chris and Joe - Old Time Duo.  Chris’ instrument of choice is the hammered dulcimer, but she can also be found playing upright bass when the opportunity arises. For more information about Chris or Old Time Duo, email Chris at





The past few years there has been very little interest in coming for the EXTENDED SESSION to learn the mountain dulcimer.  

If you know of any folks that would like to get a solid start on the mountain dulcimer, bring them along.  

If interest picks up and we have 5, we'll give the class.

Please email us, before registering if you are interested in the BEGINNER Mountain Dulcimer - Extended Session




The past few years there has been very little interest in coming for the EXTENDED SESSION to learn the hammered dulcimer.  

If you know of any folks that would like to get a solid start on the hammred  dulcimer, bring them along.  

If interest picks up and we have 5 registered, we'll give the class.

Please email us, before registering if you are interested in the BEGINNER Hammered Dulcimer - Extended Session


First time to Buckeye ... Welcome Michael!

Michael E. Poole is a native of North Carolina, lives in Chapel Hill, N.C., and is a recently-retired Physician Associate.  As an autoharp player, he is self-taught in both the chromatic and diatonic styles but was mentored by many wonderful players. 

His autoharp experience began with playing on the street and then, in 2000, he began competing at local festivals. Michael is the 2018 Mountain Laurel Autoharp Gathering Champion and he placed third in the 2017 International Autoharp Competition at the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kansas. 

His playing style is appreciated for its flowing diatonic arrangements, open note accuracy, musicality, and expression.  In 2013, he was awarded the Cohen/Grappel Recording Endowment grant and recorded his CD, Beneath Still Waters.

He is a founding member of the Triangle Autoharp Circle based in the Raleigh, N.C. area and has taught private students for ten years.


Still Hanging around for all 29 years!  

For many years, Shari created, taught, led, and facilitated the Band workshop here at Buckeye.  It's the type of workshop that draws on a lifetime of music experience to bring out the best in all players.  Shari has been involved in teaching music workshops on guitar and mountain dulcimer, developing workshop schedules, creating and running festivals and camps as a member of Sweetwater, Country Strings, and as a past officer, president, and member of the Mountain Dulcimer Society of Dayton, music leader for a local community group, Nine Mile Creek out of Russia, Ohio.  She is now a member of a new group that has arose from the festival, meet Buckeye Junction (Chris & Joe Steiner, Joyce Harrison and Shari).

Here at Buckeye, she has been stirring the pot as assistant director to Louise Ziegler (Director Emeritus) and now as Co-Director with Joyce Harrison.  For the past four years, Shari seized the opportunity to once again lead the Band-it! workshop. This workshop is so special in that each participant has a purpose and will add to their music.  It's a wonderful class to keep and sharpen music skills.   She is really excited to be doing it again this year.



Joe, thanks for all you do ... teach a variety of instruments, setup and run the sound and this year, Clawhammer Banjo for the extended session.

Joe is a well-respected and innovative instructor on several instruments, and he has several recordings to his credit with various old-time and bluegrass groups. Joe is recognized for his banjo knowledge and skills, but he is also comfortable with mountain dulcimer, harmonica, guitar, and string bass.  He has been performing, playing and teaching stringed instruments for over 40 years.

A sought-after instructor and jam leader, Joe is involved with workshops and performances at many festivals. He has coordinated many in-school music programs, workshops, clubs, and performances for children and adolescents, including the TriState Youth Bluegrass Academy (in cooperation with the Black Swamp Arts Council.)

Joe is the host and programmer of Blue Ridge Breakdown, a bluegrass and old-time music program on WLFC 88.3, University of Findlay.

He performs with several ensembles including the Old-Time Duo (with Chris Steiner) and Buckeye Junction (with Chris Steiner, Shari Wolf, and Joyce Harrison).









Hammered Dulcimer

Mountain Dulcimer


(Urbana, Oh) 

Phyllis has been playing autoharp since 2006. Mountain Laurel Autoharp Gathering at Newport, Pa was her first experience playing an autoharp. Her musical background goes back to the age of 8 when she received an accordion for her birthday.

Playing Clarinet and Saxophone became her passion while at Graham Local Schools. After graduation, keyboard playing was once again her top priority. In 2003 she joined the West Central Ohio Community Concert Band (Clarinet) and The Fountainaires Jazz Band (Saxophone). In 2007, she joined the Mad River Valley Dulcimer Society playing the autoharp. Phyllis enjoys all types of music and believes everyone should enjoy playing the autoharp as much as she does.  Returning for her third year at Buckeye, she would like to get folks started on the right track with her teaching at both beginner and early intermediate levels.

This year, Phyllis will also be joining Shari in The Band-It! class in assisting the autoharp participants in picking and back-up playing techniques.

(Elida, OH)

Jill has been playing mountain dulcimer since 2010, when she received a mountain dulcimer as a birthday gift from a “dear couple” from her church.  They had remembered how “intrigued” she was with the dulcimer group that had played at their church and wanted to “pass on” a dulcimer they had.  That one birthday gift has changed the direction of her “Life’s Journey”.  Unlike anything she could ever have imagined, music has “puffed up” her sails, and charted her on a new course.   

Other than 2 years of  “the dreaded piano” in elementary school, Jill’s music experience truly began with her mountain dulcimer.  From the moment she stuck her head into a jam in Wapakoneta, Ohio – scared to death and wanting to RUN out the front door when Shari and Joyce asked her to bring her dulcimer in and play with them,…she’s been hooked.     

Though the mountain dulcimer will always hold a special place in her heart, the hammered dulcimer is where she has found her home.  In 2011 Michael Allen  of Cloud Nine, made her a hammered dulcimer of Curly Maple….and the journey continues.  She is a member of Nine Mile Creek String Band in Russia Ohio.

(Rochester, OH)

Ricki was introduced to the lap dulcimer about 18 years ago, when she was asked to build cardboard dulcimers with her developmentally delayed high school students as part of their occupational orientation class.   Ricki and her students built approximately 1300 dulcimers during the 3 years they built these instruments for a non-profilt agency in Elyria, Ohio. 

She has played for about 15 years and has attended the Buckeye Dulcimer Festival for most of those years.  She loves jamming and learning new tunes and hopes to transfer that love to her new players and beginners.

     (Distant, PA)

Phyllis Howard is a former mathematics teacher who started playing hammered dulcimer about 25 years ago and discovered a love of folk and ethnic music.  When she retired, she discovered the Celtic harp after taking an introductory class at the Buckeye Dulcimer Festival.  Since then, she has completed certification as a healthcare musician/clinical harpist and enjoys playing her therapy harp for patients to promote relaxation and healing.





As the Buckeye Dulcimer Festival has grown, the 'behind the scenes' work and details have grown. 
With so many 'extras' planned for this year, look for these folks helping to make this year the BEST ever.

Co-Director - Shari Wolf

... has been involved with the Buckeye Dulcimer Festival since it's inception 28 years ago.  The first 20 years was spent in helping Louise Ziegler start and organize the festival.  Since then along with assistant director, Joyce Harrison, the festival has moved forward and hopes to continue as long as our participants want it to.   

Musically, she was a founding member of Sweetwater, an Ohio-based trio.  The Sweetwater group was a cornerstone of the festival until their group finale' in 2008. 

Since that time, Shari has been involved with her educational materials business, Country Strings, manages websites for a wide variety of music-related groups, past president of the Dayton Dulcimer Society
, and music leader for Nine-Mile Creek, a community stringband. in Russia, Ohio.

She also manages websites for the a number of small local businesses in her area.  During 2011 marked the 3rd year of the DULCIMERS IN THE CORNFIELD Festival in late April that she, along with Joyce Harrison, plan, organize and make happen.

She'll join Country Strings in  kicking off Friday night's concert and in leading the Sunday morning Gospel Sing.  In addition to being involved with Buckeye, she helped with the organization of the Old Time Gospel Music Retreat as a member of Country Strings.   For more information about Shari and duo with Joyce Harrison (Dulcdaze), click here.

Co-Director - Joyce Harrison

... has been actively involved in the Buckeye Dulcimer Festival for the past 21 years, first as a participant, then in 1997 as an instructor, and in 1998 assisting Louise Ziegler and Shari Wolf in the organization of the festival.  She has researched and made the initial contacts for the hammered dulcimer instructors.  She also revised the design of the brochures and registration forms along with creating name tags, schedules, and other various office duties. 

This year, 2019, Joyce will be attending to festival operations and problem solving as co-Director.   She'll join Country Strings in  kicking off Friday night's concert and in leading the Sunday morning Gospel Sing. 

In addition to being involved with Buckeye, she organized the Old Time Gospel Music Retreat for 15 years as a member of Country Strings.  Joyce and Shari Wolf organized the DULCIMERS IN THE CORNFIELD Festival held in April, and they were involved with many other 'live' music events at the Famous Old Time Music Company formerly in Wapakoneta, OH.   Joyce is also member of a community based stringband out of Russia, Ohio, Nine Mile Creek.
For more information about Joyce and the duo with Shari Wolf, (Dul-C-Daze),
click here.

Festival Advisors - Chris and Joe Steiner

Chris and Joe have been great supporters of the Buckeye Dulcimer Festival for well over 20 years. There willingness to help out with whatever needed done has been invaluable. 

Both are fine instructors ... Chris on the hammer dulcimer and for several years, the Band it! class.  Joe has taught clashammer banjo, mountain dulcimer, and Band It!.


For the past 10 years they have worked as a team in running the sound for concerts, open stages and some jams.

Thanks Chris and Joe for being there to support us all.





are long-time friends of the Buckeye Dulcimer Festival.  Many years ago, Louise presented to them the challenge of handling the registration table during the entire festival.  They accepted the challenge. 

We can't imagine the festival without them!





They also organize and  manage the performers table as well and make it their business to have that extra bit of knowledge about the performers and their product to help enhance sales.   On Friday and Saturday night with help from other volunteers, they make sure that CDs are at the Lodge for additional sales.

This all consuming job can be stressful at times, but every year they show up with smiling faces ready for the challenge.

Debbie is a fine hammered dulcimer player while Brian learned the mountain dulcimer from Louise Ziegler many years ago.




is a local resident living about ten miles from Recreation Unlimited.  She has been involved in the local dulcimer community for many years.  She started taking lessons from Buckeye's own, Louise Ziegler and became her playing companion until life got in her way.  

Several years ago, she contacted us about getting back involved with the festival.  It has been wonderful having her back with us.   You'll see her smiling face in the Dining Hall as she checks your name in the food line.  It's such an important job.  You might see her driving a golf cart helping folks to get from building to building. 

She also helps with festival preparation doing anything we need done.  Her willingness to step up and being responsible for instructor copies has been invaluable.

Thanks, Shirley, for all you do!!!

For man years, Shirley's mom, Erma helped us on the weekend at the Performer's Table.  Thanks, Erma!



entered the dulcimer community as a result of receiving a mountain dulcimer from a former Lima - Great Black Swamp member.   She found out about the jams at the Wapak Store of Vernon and Kitty McIntire and joined us one Saturday.

She's never looked back.  In watching Joyce Harrison play her hammered dulcimer, she fell in love with the instrument, took lessons and is now teaching our Saturday beginners.

As support staff, you'll see her all over the festival taking photos.  She does have a knack for capturing that candid shot!

Jill also helps with festival prep when she can get away from her job as a jewelry designer and office manager at a jewelry store in Lima.


has been a long time participant of BDF willing to help in any way.  Several years ago it became obvious that I had over extended myself in trying to video record the concerts, open stage and some of the jams.

Sandy stepped forward to help us with this.  She is our official videographer.  You'll see her handiwork on our YouTube Channel,

Festival YouTube Channel


has been with this festival since the very first year.  She is no longer on staff, but is still a valued member of our festival.  We still hope to see her at the festival "if the weather be right!" 

She served as a hammered dulcimer instructor and music advisor for many years.   Dorothy also ran BDF open stages.  When presented the challenge of organizing a "CLASS" open stage, Dorothy came up with the most innovative way of making it work.

Dorothy, THANK YOU for all your work, support, and friendship!  We miss your smile and all the things you did for us!



have been wonderful supporters of Buckeye for many years. 

You'll see Mike driving the golf carts from early Wednesday until the last person leaves on Sunday.  Mary Jo does so many things that we know, but many things we don't even know to help make BDF a success.   

I was looking for a nice posed picture for Mike and Mary Jo, but this one seems more in character.  You just never know what's going to happen when Mike and Mary Jo are around.

I am so sorry that health issues have led Mike & MaryJo to make the decision to 'pass the torch' in being able to help and attend BDF.  We will and already miss you both so much!   Summer, 2018 

Hello to All Who Love the Buckeye Dulcimer Festival  (May, 2017) 

It is with a heavy heart, but a joyful and peaceful soul that we must let you know that Louise Ziegler (a driving force of the festival and director for the first 20 years) passed away early Friday morning, May 19, surrounded by family. She stood up to cancer and it didn't take her spirit. She was peaceful ... Hospice was wonderful.  I treasure the time we had with her and the special 'sharing' time with her daughter, Jan, early in the week.  Thinking of all the family and friends with which she has been reunited, makes my spirit smile.

There was a Celebration of Louise's Life on June 10  at her home in Ashley, Ohio.     We filled the yard with music, remembrances and JOY! 

We are thinking of her family but also of her music family from the Buckeye Dulcimer Festival, The Old-Time Gospel Music Retreat,
The Heritage group, many area dulcimer groups, and just folks that she was able to share the joy of the dulcimer.

God Speed wonderful friend!   ~~ Shari and Joyce 



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