Tune Up Now for the 2018 CRDF!

Coming May 24 – May 27

A Fantastic Dulcimer Learning Experience!

~ Stephen Seifert ~ Joe Collins ~ Jeff Furman ~ Jon Pickow ~ Nancy Galambush ~ Marsha Harris ~ Ben Seymour ~ Becky Cleland ~ Phyllis Gaskins ~ Jim Gaskins ~ Ken Bloom ~ Bill Collins ~

  • 55 Mountain Dulcimer Classes for All Skill Levels
  • Jams, Dulcimer Orchestra, Evening Concerts
  • Special VA & Appalachian Tune Workshops
  • Fine Accommodations
  • Potential Educator Re-certification Credits
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What Was 2017 Like?

You can find lots of pics HERE.  Join us in 2018, and you’ll likely be echoing these praises from 2017:

“The people were so friendly and helpful . . . .  It was a wonderful time and a special blessing.”

“Educational, inspiring, challenging, empowering, entertaining—a wonderful weekend immersed in music!”

“This is a great way to learn about everything dulcimer.  If you have any interest in the dulcimer, this festival is not to be missed.”

“I had gotten somewhat jaded and burned out with dulcimer festivals over the years, but the Crooked Road Dulcimer Festival was a breath of fresh air and really re-energized my enthusiasm.  It’s a great, well-run festival in a lovely, friendly venue.”

“The Crooked Road Dulcimer Festival is a great place for beginners as well as seasoned players.  I learned so much!”

“I met so many  helpful attendees as well as instructors.  As a dulcimer newbie and first-timer, this meant a lot.”

“You’ll fall in love with your dulcimer all over again!”

“The friendliest dulcimer festival I’ve ever attended.”

“As always, a good mix of styles and a variety of choices.”

“Love it!  It’s really an outstanding dulcimer festival.”

“Evening concerts were wonderful!  Really enjoyed the informality, friendliness, and small group concerts.”

“Every year is like a family reunion.  I look forward to next year!”

“My first time here, but I would recommend it to everyone, regardless of dulcimer experience.  There were great workshops for everyone.”

“We came away with new ideas for playing our dulcimers and also with new songs that we want to learn to play.  The classes were nicely paced and took into consideration the needs of each participant.”

“Money well spent for great instruction in a beautiful setting.  Ferrum is a warm and welcoming place.

“This was a wonderful festival—so much more than music.  It was very soul healing and uplifting time filled with love and caring.”

“Can’t wait for next year.”

“So glad I decided to attend—look forward to doing it again next year with my new dulcimer family.”

“The whole event was so inspiring!”

“Best damn little festival in the universe!”

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Like Family!

IMG_8027 CRPThe 2016 CRDF warmed hearts and honed skills.  You can see a world of pictures HERE.  And this is what the folks who were here had to say:

“Thank you!!!  I’ll miss my dulcimer family ‘til next year!”

 “This ranks among the best dulcimer festivals that I have ever attended.  Very enjoyable experience. ”

“It was so much fun—great people, great music, beautiful surroundings—best of all a positive energy and shared love of this very special traditional culture.”

“Without a local club the festival is our only good way to learn from others.  You are our club!”

“Best little festival I’ve been to!”

“Felt at home.  Great group of people and instructors.  Just a fantastic experience!”

“My first time at this festival, and I had a great time.  Perfect for beginning mountain dulcimer players, too.”

“Incredible, amazing, exceptional experience—and more than enough new techniques and materials to keep me practicing until next year.”

“Two days of classes is a great length.  At the week-long camps I am burned out at the end of the week.  The variety of classes was excellent. . . .  Overall, this was a great opportunity to interact with very talented dulcimer players and to improve proficiency on the instrument.”

“It was worth coming across the 48 [states] for.”

“This was a wonderful festival!  I will be back next year for sure.”

“The workshops were all well done with very good handouts to take home and work on. . . .  I’ll be back next year.”

“If an understanding of the culture that produced the dulcimer is to survive, this festival is its best hope.  Thank you for keeping it rooted in real people and their experiences.”

MAKE PLANS NOW FOR 2017 — MAY 25 – 28!

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Wickedly Good!


Over 70 players shared a grand musical experience at the 2015 Crooked Road Dulcimer Festival.  See photos from the festival HERE.

And what did the 2015 participants have to say?

“My ‘musicality’ has increased exponentially.  Thank you.”

“Thanks for the opportunity to add something rich and enjoyable to my life.”

“Wonderful assortment of instructors–they are each unique.”

“I appreciate the emphasis on the history and culture of the mountain dulcimer.”

“The dulcimer orchestra is a special experience and was new for me.  Thoroughly enjoyed it, along with Ken Bloom’s humor and patience.  Epic weekend!”

“Flew in from California for the CRDF and would do it again!  Being part of the dulcimer community has been a gift.  Just walking to my room and hearing people playing in their rooms is a pleasure and inspiring.”

“This is the only festival where you get the Virginia-Appalachian Mountain tunes.”

“My favorite of all the dulcimer festivals.  Overheard an instructor say he had taught at lots of festivals, but this one is the best organized . . . . ”

“I plan to make it an annual tradition.”

“The clinicians were outstanding musicians and teachers.  My brain fairly exploded with new ideas and techniques.”

“Entertaining, talented, and patient instructors.  Non-judgemental comradery.  Enjoyed the humor of all the teachers–they were so entertaining!”

“A weekend full of joy and music made with old friends and new friends.”

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Such Fine Music! Such Fine People! Such a Fine Time!

60 IMG_3125 Instructors' Concert at Crooked Road Dulcimer Festival ADJ Small II

Fifty-two dulcimer players gathered on the Ferrum College campus for the third annual Crooked Road Dulcimer Festival.  See all the photos HERE.

147 IMG_3176--ADJ II Small II

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Some Participant Comments From the 2014 Festival . . .

85 IMG_2806 ADJ Small II“When I left Phyllis’s Uptempo, Part 1, a thought went through my mind.  It was:  I finally feel that I have something in my lap.”

“Facility is wonderful! ….  Appreciate that faculty were so encouraging and kept saying, ‘There is more than one way to play.’  Being here made my heart sing.”

“Thank you.  Best festival.”

“Love the laid-back feel, the non-competitiveness, friendliness, and the beautiful setting.”

“Keep the emphasis on the old-time, the history.  This is why I came, and the festival more than met my expectations.”

“The Crooked Road Dulcimer Festival was soooo good.  I’ll be back next year, and the next year, and the . . . .”

89 IMG_2968--Ralph Lee Smith ADJ II Small II“This is my 2nd time at CRDF.  It has fast become one of my favorites.  I enjoy everything that is offered.  Very happy to have the opportunity to study under Ralph Lee Smith . . . .”

“I have met new friends and renewed my energy to keep on learning.  The festival is rich in tradition . . . touches your heart and spirit.”

“The encouragement was transcending!  It was a great weekend!”

“Great workshops for all levels of playing and excellent food.”

“Really comprehensive coverage of the dulcimer experience. This has been a wonderful few days for me, generally well focused with a lot of serious information.”

“The first dulcimer event that filled in the little gaps in my learning that I’ve been looking for for years.”

“A great festival for learning beginner, new, or advanced and bowed dulcimer.  Great rooms, good food, and great instructors.”

“Great value for the money.”

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