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Berea Traditional Dulcimore Gathering -(KY)

Berea Traditional Dulcimore Gathering -(KY)

Thursday May 14 2020, 12:00 PM
@ Berea, Kentucky
Attendees:  @Steven Berger@Ken Longfield@Dan@Glenda Hubbard@Slate Creek Dulcimers@John C. Knopf@Richard Streib@Benjamin W Barr Jr@Wally Venable@Rain Dog@David Bennett@Randy Adams@Ballad Gal

Thank you all for your interest in this year's Gathering. Please note that it will not be held this year due to the COVID19 pandemic. We plan to hold the event in May, 2021. Look here and on our website for updates.



May 14-17, 2020.
Welcoming folks interested in learning dulcimer history and traditional playing styles..

* Emphasis on traditional dulcimer history and playing
* Emphasis on  noter & drone, fingerdancing andr bowing
* Emphasis on modes in DAA, Ddd, DAC, DAG or equivalent tunings as necessary
* All skill levels

* Experienced and knowledgeable players will mentor and teach folks in these areas. 
* No attendance fee
* Attendees get a free noter and quill

Attendees stay at a residence hall on the Berea College campus in downtown Berea, KY. Bring your own bed linen, pillow and toiletries including a towel. COST: $22 per night.

Some meals are in the campus dining hall and at other restaurants and venues in the area. Cost per meal.


Please check back  as planning is not complete at this time.

Laid back, relaxed:

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Topics and Tours TBA...

Ken Longfield
02/21/20 01:15:47PM @ken-longfield:

Randy, don't be concerned. Most of those are just to assure a group norm for jams. You can play in whatever tuning you like at other times. It would be good to see you again. And maybe to can teach me some of those banjo tunings for dulcimer.


"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Randy Adams
02/21/20 12:27:45PM @randy-adams:

I'd like to come if I feel like it when the time comes. 

I'm a little concerned about the tuning parameters.

John C. Knopf
02/16/20 10:52:43PM @john-c-knopf:

There are MANY interesting spots in and around Berea, especially if the visitor is an artsy-craftsy type of individual.  There's lots of historical stuff too, and academic things to see.

Rain Dog
02/16/20 08:14:56PM @rain-dog:

Okay. I wondered if some of the field trips would be to some of the other, non-dulcimer sights in Berea. I'm needing to keep my wife entertained, she doesn't play and doesn't want to wander around without me.

Ken Longfield
02/16/20 07:59:36PM @ken-longfield:

Unless everyone is off on a field trip, there should be people around all day. This is laid back gathering and things take place randomly. As we get closer to the date, we will have a better idea of what we plan to do each day and approximate times.


"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Rain Dog
02/16/20 07:44:50PM @rain-dog:

I'm wondering what the hours are for the gathering. Are there events all day long?

John C. Knopf
11/22/19 09:21:54PM @john-c-knopf:

No, Wally, that was a one-off model!  Still for sale, though...

And you're welcome.

Wally Venable
11/22/19 02:53:12PM @wally-venable:

I hope it's not another one with an 84" VSL. If I win, I'd have to drive home with it sticking out the window of my little car.

Thanks for your efforts.

Steven Berger
11/22/19 09:38:57AM @steven-berger:

John C. Knopf:

Don't forget I will be building a traditional dulcimore to be given away at this event!

Thanks, John!

John C. Knopf
11/22/19 08:34:10AM @john-c-knopf:

Don't forget I will be building a traditional dulcimore to be given away at this event!

11/21/19 05:38:52AM @dan:

Great job on the advertisement Lisa!!!

Ballad Gal
11/18/19 12:19:26AM @ballad-gal:

Good to get the word out early, Ken. I plan to be there.

11/16/19 10:53:34PM @irene:

I'LL SURELY BE THERE...and I'm grateful you posted the dates so I'll not schedual ANYTHING on those dates.   whooooooooooooopies.   aloha, irene

11/16/19 04:51:16PM @dan:

Top Ten Tunes can be found here for the Gathering!

Top Ten Tunes

Steven Berger
11/16/19 12:43:29PM @steven-berger:

Thanks, Ken!