42 Outstanding Appalachian Dulcimer Workshops with Maddie MacNeil, Ralph Lee Smith, Mary Greene, Dave Haas, Jeff Sebens, Ken Bloom, Marsha Harris, and Phyllis Gaskins!
Workshops for All Skill Levels–Plus Jams, Performances, Vintage Dulcimer Display, “Dulcimerabilia” Vendors, On-Site Instrument Repairs, and Wonderful Accommodations.
Hosted by Ferrum College’s Blue Ridge Institute & Museum—Virginia’s Official State Center for Blue Ridge Folklore and a Major Venue on the Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail.
Ferrum College’s Crooked Road Dulcimer Festival offers a full buffet of workshops, concerts, and jams, as well as special explorations into Virginia’s contribution to the Appalachian mountain dulcimer tradition.
- Check out the festival activity schedule HERE.
Instructors and Workshops: Ferrum College’s Crooked Road Dulcimer Festival brings together a Grade-A team of well-known instructors—Maddie MacNeil, Ralph Lee Smith, Mary Greene, Dave Haas, Ken Bloom, Jeff Sebens, Phyllis Gaskins, and Marsha Harris—teaching workshops for every skill level. The instructors will be taking part in evening concerts and jams, of course.
- Meet the instructors HERE.
- Get details about each workshop plus the workshop schedule HERE.
Lodging & Meals: Festival lodging is in Dyer Hall, Ferrum’s newest conference residence hall. Each guestroom features a private bathroom with shower, individual temperature controls, and two floor-level single beds. Single-occupancy lodging is available. Dyer Hall, which has an elevator, is fully handicap accessible, a totally non-smoking facility, and Wi-Fi connected. Sorry, no pets are allowed. Bed and bath linens are included in the lodging package. Parking for vehicles of all sizes is beside Dyer Hall.
Meals will be provided in the Ferrum College dining facilities in Franklin Hall. The lodging package includes supper on Thursday; breakfast, lunch, and supper on Friday and Saturday; and breakfast on Sunday.
Registration and Lodging/Meal Fees: The Festival registration fee is $95 through May 1st ($105 after May 1). This fee is non-refundable.
Three Lodging/Meal packages are available. Traveling companions not registering for the festival must still register for a lodging/meal package. Children’s rates are available upon request.:
Participant and/or Non-participant Shared Housing and Meals–Double occupancy: $70 per night per person (Total: $210 for Thurs.– Sat.)
Private Participant Housing and Meals–Single occupancy: $100 per night per person (Total: $300 for Thurs.– Sat.)
Commuter/Meals Only–No lodging but all meals Thurs. supper – Sun. breakfast: $80 per person.
- Register, select your workshops, and sign up for a Lodging/Meal package HERE.
Historic Dulcimers: Festival-goers will have time to examine a number of the historic dulcimers from the Blue Ridge Institute & Museum’s collection. Bring along any old mountain dulcimers and scheitholts you might have. The Blue Ridge Institute staff is always interested in seeing vintage instruments.