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Delta Blues Dulcimer Revival, Clarksdale -(MS)

Delta Blues Dulcimer Revival, Clarksdale -(MS)

Thursday November 5 2020, 9:00 AM
@ The Holy Moly, Clarksdale, MS, USA

UPDATED with date rescheduled:


Registration for the 2020 Delta Blues Dulcimer Revival is NOW OPEN!  Join   Bing Futch, Adrian Kosky, Carla Maxwell,  Sofie Reed, Sam Edelston, Gary Gallier, and Robert Force  for a unique festival experience,  November 5th, 6th, and 7th, 2020 , in Clarksdale, Mississippi - birthplace of the blues! 


Enjoy and learn with blues mountain dulcimer workshops at The Holy Moly, a historic location in the heart of downtown Clarksdale. From North Mississippi hill country style to Texas swing and traditional Delta blues, your instructors will present classes for all skill levels and interests with a focus on the early roots of the blues. This three-day event coincides with the  Juke Joint Festival  and will give registrants the incredible opportunity to taste the many cuisines of the region, explore history up-close and hear some of the most powerful music ever performed anywhere!


If you're a mountain dulcimer player who's a fan of the blues, or are looking for an immersive experience that will increase your playing skills and inspire your creativity while tantalizing your taste buds and sparking your imagination, this is one soul-fired event that you won't want to miss!  



There are four basic registration packages:


• Registration - $199


Basic registration is access to all of the workshops and instructor concerts at The Holy Moly. Light snacks, coffee, tea and water are available throughout the day.


• Registration + Juke Joint Festival Wristband - $219


All of the above, PLUS a wristband that allows you into any of the participating juke joints throughout the Juke Joint Festival on Saturday evening.  Events during the day are free.


• Registration + Meal Plan - $274


This package includes workshops, concerts and also Thursday lunch and dinner as well as Friday lunch.  Light snacks, coffee, tea and water will also be available.  There is an amazing selection of regional foods that will be available within walking distance of The Holy Moly.


• Registration + Meal + Plan + Juke Joint Festival Wristband - $294


The whole hog!  Full registration along with  Thursday lunch and dinner as well as Friday lunch.  Light snacks, coffee, tea and water are included and you also have the Juke Joint Festival wristband for Saturday night.







Carla Maxwell
01/07/20 11:17:35PM @carla-maxwell:

The following has been posted on the Workshop Schedule page at :


Delta Blues Dulcimer Revival

Schedule of Workshops

April 16-18, 2020

The Holy Moly

218 Third Street

Clarksdale, Mississippi 38614






Thursday, April 16, 2020

 9:00 am - 10:15 am  -  Under The Influence of the Blues  -  Robert Force   & Staff   (Theatre)

10:45 am - noon  -  Beginning Blues Dulcimer  -  Bing Futch   (Theatre)

10:45 am - noon  -  7th Chords and Inversions  -  Gary Gallier   (Dining Room)


2:00 pm - 3:15 pm  -  The Blue 1/2 Fret  -  Sam Edelston   (Theatre)


3:45 pm - 5:00 pm  -  Leaving This Morning  -  Sofie Reed   (Theatre)


Friday, April 17, 2020

 9:00 am - 10:15 am  -  Singing and Playing  -  Sofie Reed  (Theatre)

10:45 am - noon  -  Mississippi Delta Blues  -  Bing Futch   (Theatre)

 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm  -  St. Louis Blues  -  Gary Gallier   (Theatre)

 3:45 pm - 5:00 pm  -  John Lee Hooker  -  Sam Edelston   (Theatre)


Saturday, April 18, 2020

 9:00 am - 10:15 am  -  Led Zeppelin: Blues With A Stack Of Marshalls  -  Sam Edelston   (Theatre)

 9:00 am - 10:15 am  -  Write Your Own Blues  -  Sofie Reed   (Dining Room)

10:45 am - noon  -  Texas Blues  -  Bing Futch  (Theatre)

 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm  -  Shortnin' Bread Boogie  -  Gary Gallier   (Theatre)

 3:45 pm - 5:00 pm  -  Blues Reflections  -  Robert Force & Staff   (Theatre)



Delta Blues Dulcimer Revival, The Holy Moly, Clarksdale, Mississippi


Carla Maxwell
01/07/20 11:15:15PM @carla-maxwell:

Dusty Turtle:

Carla, that looks like a great lineup you have.  And I really like the Delta Blues Dulcimer Revival logo.  I can't get away from work and family to make it down there, but if you ever make t-shirts I'd buy one or two!

I wish you could make it down, but I understand   @Dusty-Turtle

As of now, we aren't selling t-shirts, but we might! I'll post here, if we do. I'm glad you like the logo and lineup! Thanks! 

Dusty Turtle
12/11/19 12:47:20PM @dusty-turtle:

Carla, that looks like a great lineup you have.  And I really like the Delta Blues Dulcimer Revival logo.  I can't get away from work and family to make it down there, but if you ever make t-shirts I'd buy one or two!

Carla Maxwell
12/11/19 12:37:58AM @carla-maxwell:

Attached is the official press release for the first annual Delta Blues Dulcimer Revival. To register, visit: .


Carla Maxwell
11/27/19 11:23:34PM @carla-maxwell:

The official event Poster for the Delta Blues Dulcimer Revival has just arrived, hot off the presses. Great instructor/performers including Sofie Reed , Bing Futch , Robert Force , Sam Edelston and Gary Gallier . If you've not heard these great Dulcimer players before, google is your friend :-} (A printable version will be attached.)


Carla Maxwell
10/26/19 02:53:04AM @carla-maxwell:

Update! The Delta Blues Dulcimer Revival registration form is online at

Carla Maxwell
10/26/19 02:36:07AM @carla-maxwell:

Update! The Delta Blues Dulcimer Revival staff are Bing Futch, Adrian Kosky, Carla Maxwell, Sofie Reed, Sam Edelston, Gary Gallier, and Robert Force: 


Bing Futch

Bing Futch has been playing mountain dulcimer since 1986 and has made a name for himself as a dynamic performer of the instrument as well as a compassionate and enthusiastic educator. He's one of only two mountain dulcimer performers (the other being David Kimbrough Jr. - son of legendary bluesman Junior Kimbrough) to participate in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee.  After competing in 2015 and making the semifinals, Bing returned in 2016, made it all the way to the finals, and was named "Best Guitar" in the solo/duo category, despite performing solely on the mountain dulcimer.  


Since then, his all-blues album "Unresolved Blues" has become a popular addition to DJ playlists internationally and his instructional book, "Blues Method For Mountain Dulcimer 101" is a best-selling example of his passion for the blues.  He has presented Blues In Schools programs for the Orange Blossom Blues Society and his dulcimer blues workshops have taught thousands of musicians how to play authentic Delta blues on this extraordinary American instrument.





Adrian Kosky and  Carla Maxwell

Adrian Kosky , an Australian with a bluegrass heart and a bunch of self penned songs was in North Carolina, looking for a ride to Memphis, where he knew the crossroads were near by. He wanted Clarksdale bad, and for years had dreamed of being there. 


Carla Maxwell , from Memphis, with her family roots deep in Kentucky, ventured to Appalachia to learn about her musical heritage and the music of the mountains. She offered Adrian a ride back to Memphis and a quick taste of Clarksdale, setting the course for a union of friendship, love, music and life. Together, as husband and wife, their music evokes the traditions of folk blues, combined with old time Appalachia, whilst arousing the restless yearning that keeps them on a permanent walkabout between their homes in both the Mississippi Delta and rural Australia. Original “Clarkstralian” folk roots, making its first appearance at the  Juke Joint Festival 2018 .



Sofie Reed

Sofie Reed  is a self-taught, independent, international touring grassroots artist whose unique, soulful style is loved and appreciated all over the world. Through a rich creative journey spanning three decades, Sofie has evolved as a vocalist, composer and one-of-a-kind musical visionary. Her musical style encompasses roots-blues, folk-blues and even roots-appalachian-with-a-dalecarlian-twist. However it’s termed, Sofie thrills audiences all over the world with her extraordinary artistry.












Sam Edelston

Sam Edelston  plays rock, pop, blues, country, classical, a bit of jazz, assorted other styles, and even some original songs on acoustic and electric dulcimer. Oh, yes, and folk music, too. He aims not just to expand the horizons of dulcimer players, but to expand the common repertoire of the instrument and to bring dulcimers to the attention of the general public. Sam draws his musical inspiration from rock bands, symphony orchestras, modern a cappella, and anything else that crosses his path. His online videos have gotten 500,000 views, in over 190 countries. 






Gary Gallier

The Gallier Brothers, Les and Gary, compose 90% of the music they play. Blended together, you can hear the influences.a hint of New Grass and Dawg for a progressive edge, flavored with Classical and Celtic in smooth precision. Add a taste of Mountain styles and a true signature sound is created. Their 1993 album “On the Wing” has been called “a landmark dulcimer album” and their 2001 release “Craft of Kin” has been reviewed as having ”a powerful and highly original vision of where the dulcimer can go” ….”should inspire us well into the future.”  Gary, solo, keeps his feet firmly planted in the roots and his melodic flatpicking style spices up everything from Irish jigs to Texas swing blues.



Robert Force

Robert Force has been a performer on the Appalachian mountain dulcimer for 50 years. His book on dulcimer techniques and styles, In Search of the Wild Dulcimer, published by Random House in 1974, sold more than 100,000 copies and, in the words of The San Francisco Chronicle, "helped set the standards for modern dulcimers." Victory Music Review of Seattle reports, "His records, books, festivals, and appearances have literally influenced thousands of dulcimer players."

Robert has produced over thirty albums for other artists, has a dozen of his own, has written several books, and has performed widely in the US, Europe, and Central America. He has co-billed with such diverse headliners as Doc Watson, Kate Wolfe, and even Zsa Zsa Gabor to name a few.

Carla Maxwell
10/20/19 06:53:36PM @carla-maxwell:


Links to accommodation:


Squeeze Box


Delta Digs


Hooker Hotel


Travelers Hotel


Auberge Hostel


Up-Town Motor Inn – 305 East Second (downtown Clarksdale, family-owned, no website) – Telephone: 662-627-3251


Clarksdale White House


Clark House


Chateau Debris



Nearby lodging:


Hampton Inn Clarksdale


Comfort Inn Clarksdale

818 South State Street, Clarksdale, MS, 38614, US

Phone: (662) 627-5122 Fax: (662) 627-1668


Budget Inn Clarksdale

420 S State St

Clarksdale, MS 38614

Phone: (662) 624-6541


America’s Best Value Inn & Suites




Lula, MS:

Isle of Capri Casino/Hotel


Tunica (Robinsonville), MS - Gaming/casino area; 40-45 min. north of Clarksdale:


* Tunica Convention and Visitors Bureau (can assist with recommendations), 662-363-3800

* Royal Inn & Suites (3515 Hwy 61 N), 662-363-1532

* Holiday Inn Express (4250 Casino Center Dr.), 662-363-0030

* Key West Inn (Hwy 61 North), 662-363-0021

* King's Quarters (Robinson-Com Rd.), 662-363-5955

* Tunica Levee Inn (1070 Riverview Dr.), 662-363-2002

* Tunica Motel (1011 Hwy 61 North), 662-363-2932

* Harrah's Tunica Hotel & Casino

* Sam's Town Hotel & Casino

* Hollywood Casino

* Horseshoe Tunica Casino

* Gold Strike Resort & Casino

* Fitzgerald's Casino & Hotel


Cleveland, MS - Home of Delta State U.; near Dockery Farms; 40 min. south of Clarksdale:

* Days Inn - 662-846-5404

* Colonial Inn - 662-843-3641

* Comfort Inn - 662-843-4060

* Hampton Inn - 662-846-1525

* Holiday Inn Express - 662-843-9300

* Western Motel - 662-843-6908

* Delta Inn - 662-846-1873

* Molly's B&B - 662-843-9913

* The Conner House - 662-843-0756

* Cleveland Inn - 662-846-1411


Batesville, MS - Strip malls, restaurants, hotels; near Hwy 55; 45-50 min. from Clarksdale:

* Comfort Inn 601-563-1188

* Days Inn 601-563-4999

* Ramada Limited 601-563-4528

* Amerihost Inn 601-563-6592

* Hampton Inn 601-578-5555

* Skyline Motel 601-563-7671


Greenwood, MS - Close to three Robert Johnson grave markers; 50-60 min from Clarksdale:

* Alluvian Hotel (luxury hotel), 662-453-2114

* Tallahatchie Flats (renovated shacks), 662-453-1854


Oxford, MS - Home of U of Miss ("Ole Miss") and Living Blues 'Blues Archive'; 60 min. from Clarksdale:

* University of Mississippi Hotel Network,


Helena/West Helena, Arkansas (hotels/motels) - Home of Delta Cultural Center; 30-35 min. from Clarksdale:

* Super 7 Motel (1007 MLK Dr., right across Miss-Ark bridge from Lula, Ms), 800-753-9701

* Best Western Inn (1053 W Hwy 49), 870-572-2592

* Motel 6 West Helena (1207 US 49 & Sharon St.), 870-572-7915

* Downtown Inn 870-338-9125

* Delta Inn 870-572-7915

* Harbor Inn 870-572-2597

* Holiday Star 870-572-3717

* Sands 870-572-6774


Helena, Arkansas (historic bed & breakfasts) - Home of Delta Cultural Center; 30-35 min. from Clarksdale:

* Edwardian Inn, 870-338-9155

* Magnolia Hills, 870-338-6874

* Foxglove Bed & Breakfast, 870-338-9391

* Stone Ridge Inns I, 870 338-9390 or 870 338-9044

* Stone Ridge Inns II, 870 338-9390 or 870 338-9044

* Harvest House Bed & Breakfast Brinkley, AR, 870-734-1281


Helena's campgrounds & R.V. Parks:


* Riverpark Campground/RV Park located 2 blocks from King Biscuit festival at the Mississippi River Park. 870 338-9047

Carla Maxwell
07/11/19 09:25:13PM @carla-maxwell:

Here's a recent article about Clarksdale. Hopefully, next year's articles will include the Delta Blues Dulcimer Revival!