Group Discussions

Sean Ruprecht-Belt

Where you playing next?

So, folks on the FOTMD, where you playin' at next?   I'll be kicking it up with my band, The Mound City Slickers on the porch of the Peers...
@Sean Ruprecht-Belt started 6 years ago - replies: 43
Carla Maxwell

Juke Joint Festival, April 18, 2020, Clarksdale, Mississippi

I'm getting excited about the Juke Joint Festival in April! The Holy Moly Theatre has new soft seats for our evening of dulcimer blues - from 7...
@Carla Maxwell started 3 years ago - replies: 0
Terry Wilson

Ever bombed? Big time.

This morning I did my usual gig at a local Assisted living home.   The atmosphere just didn't feel right from the get go. First.   I usually have...
@Terry Wilson started 5 years ago - replies: 6
John W. McKinstry

A recent opportunity to play the dulcimer and sing in church

Well the big day came for me to do some solos in church.  For the prelude i did some of my wife's Scriptural Meditations:  "In The Beginning Was...
@John W. McKinstry started 5 years ago - replies: 1

Looking GRUMPY while playing in public...

I think this is something a lot of musicians struggle with. Not looking up at the audience, looking down at our fretboard in deep...
@Strumelia started 10 years ago - replies: 22
John W. McKinstry

Mozart's Trilogy

I have just formed a Mt. Dulcimer group with three of my students.  We call ourselves: "Sweet Strings" Our first gig will be part of a talent show...
@John W. McKinstry started 7 years ago - replies: 3
David Pedersen

2nd time playing in church

Christmas Eve.  3 songs. Silent night, lead in to Away in a Manger then Infant Holy Infant Lowly. 5 min of terror. Look yo'all. I have months of...
@David Pedersen started 8 years ago - replies: 5
Robin Clark

Cherub Guitar Pickup WCP-80G into Acoustic Amp

I was asked to play the incidental music at a local function last week (Christmas drinks an buffet at a local arts club).  I took one dulcimer and...
@Robin Clark started 8 years ago - replies: 0
Helen Seiler

Burnt Out Cure??

G'day folks My health problems have improved (again) but i seemed to have burnt myself out gig wise and am looking for ideas. Maybe it was a big...
@Helen Seiler started 8 years ago - replies: 13
John W. McKinstry

Videos on FOTMD lead to gig!

After posting three videos on FOTMD and telling our choir director about them, she approached me and said: "Why don't you some of these in one of...
@John W. McKinstry started 8 years ago - replies: 1
Dusty Turtle

Couldn't Hear Myself

OK, it was only a small, unpaid gig, but there were a fair number of people there. I was excited but also nervous. I was asked to play a short...
@Dusty Turtle started 9 years ago - replies: 15

The worst sort of gig

I just think it could be amusing, in a horrible way, to see how low we sometimes have to stoop in the name of music. Or maybe some other name, but...
@razyn started 14 years ago - replies: 10
Ruth Lawrence

first public performance this Sunday - ? what to expect?

Well, the group I have been jamming together with for a few months is playing at the church picnic this Sunday afternoon. This is our first public...
@Ruth Lawrence started 9 years ago - replies: 7
Helen Seiler

Market woes....what to do.

Well, I have been bitten on the rear end by the committee that run the Community Market I play at each month in my town. This is especially...
@Helen Seiler started 9 years ago - replies: 37
Helen Seiler

Quality competition

Hi guys. I played my regular community market gig today. I am the only least I was until today. Half way through morning a young...
@Helen Seiler started 10 years ago - replies: 33
Helen Seiler

One door closes another opens

This a followup discussion to the Quality Competition (bluegrass banjo bandit) discussion that described my bad experience playing at the local...
@Helen Seiler started 10 years ago - replies: 18


I am thrilled to say our band has been booked for our first official GIG ! It's even paid . Now the pay is not cash but it's food and booze for...
@Mandy started 11 years ago - replies: 38

Preparing for a gig

This topic interests me because, since setting my goal of just putting myself out there at sessions in 2009 I have had some bookings (paid and...
@Foggers started 14 years ago - replies: 7
Robin Clark

Single mic' technique

We had a gig in Bala last night at the Plas Coch pub. It was a pretty typical Saturday night pub gig! Bala was full of folk, young and old, out...
@Robin Clark started 13 years ago - replies: 5