Regina Payne


Location: Walker, LA
Country: US

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I live near Baton Rouge in a small town, Walker, LA.  I have played the dulcimer since 2006 when I discovered the Lagniappe Dulcimer Society.  Since then, I have  also taken up the Ukelele. I am still working on my skills!  But I have made wonderful friends and enjoy playing.  Besides playing music, I love to hike.  I am a better hiker than musician since all it takes to hike is to walk without getting lost. Although I have gotten lost but got unlost.  I jam with Lagniappe & with a group, The Gator Girls.  I jam once a week with the Ukeladys & Gents.   Our ukelele  group's motto is 'it's easier to be funny than good'.  Keeps us guilt-free about our playing and singing although several members are good at both! The rest of us treat them well so they don't give up trying to make us better.

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Regina Payne
06/04/16 12:42:07PM @regina-payne:

Just a note to report that our 15th Annual Lagniappe Dulcimer Society Fete in March was a great success in spite of the terrible monsoon that hit our area that very weekend.  All our greatly talented teacher-performers made it, often after long interstate delays & reroutes.   And almost all of the registrants made it, also. Thank them all.   Storms could not keep folks away - Leveled violin-to-fiddle classes, tons of hammered dulcimer classes, and great dulcimer classes made playing music with old & new friends worth the effort. 

A group of Lagniappe players have set "Giraffes Can't Dance" to music with lots of help from a member who arranges well. Another  member (who is a children's librarian & instigated this effort 6 months ago) made rhino, elephant, warthog, & lion hats for the children to dance in.  One member will work the giraffe marionette.  We have  2 performances at libraries  and then, after the story, hold short dulcimer classes  for the kids.  I am lucky to be able to do this.  It's been a lot of practicing for the songs (electric dulcimer for rock & roll, cricket sounds, whoopie whistle, percussion, uke) but it adds more fun to playing music & does get moms & kids hooked on dulcimer we've found. 

Well, that is it from near Baton Rouge and Lagniappe.  

Larry Conger
12/14/11 10:16:15AM @larry-conger:


Thanks for supporting my workshop in Baton Rouge. I thoroughly enjoyed the weekend and hope that all of the participants enjoyed the tunes we learned.

Jim Fawcett
12/13/11 11:42:20AM @jim-fawcett:

Hey Regina, welcome aboard. Glad ya found us.

Ben Barr Jr
12/12/11 05:41:55PM @benjamin-w-barr-jr:

Hi Regina and welcome to the wonderful world of the friends of the mountain dulcimer. A pretty good place to be and some nice people too.Smile.gif

John Keane
12/12/11 05:30:25PM @john-keane:

Howdy and welcome to FOTMD from up the road in Shreveport!