About the Festival & the BRI&M
About the Crooked Road Dulcimer Festival — The Crooked Road Dulcimer Festival is a program of Ferrum College’s Blue Ridge Institute & Museum–the State Center for Blue Ridge Folklore and a Major Venue on the Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail. BRI&M Co-Director Roddy Moore has collected and researched old dulcimers and their makers for over 40 years. In 2012 the Institute created the groundbreaking exhibition The Virginia Dulcimer: 200 Years of Bowing, Strumming, and Picking, featuring over 50 instruments from the museum’s and other private collections.
The enthusiasm and energy of the many dulcimer players who visited the exhibition convinced us an annual gathering of dulcimer players learning and playing meshed perfectly with the educational mission of the College and its folklife museum—thus the first Crooked Road Dulcimer Festival was established in 2012. Now directed by Marsha Harris, the CRDF has for six years has brought together a talented and entertaining team of instructors. Welcome to all!
About Ferrum College’s Blue Ridge Institute & Museum — The Blue Ridge Institute & Museum was established by Ferrum College in the early 1970s to document, interpret, and present the folk heritage of the Blue Ridge region. Since that time the Institute has grown steadily, expanding its folk arts programming throughout Virginia while maintaining an emphasis upon the western portion of the state. The Institute has earned a reputation for quality and is a leader in folk arts programming and heritage tourism in Virginia. In recognition of its contributions, the Institute was designated the State Center for Blue Ridge Folklore by Governor Gerald Baliles and the Virginia legislature in 1986.
Major ongoing BRI programs include: the Blue Ridge Farm Museum, the Blue Ridge Folklife Festival, the Blue Ridge Heritage Archives, and BRI Gallery Exhibitions. We also provide a wealth of heritage-related resources on the web at:
WWW.BLUERIDGEINSTITUTE.ORG – BRI&M events, virtual moonshine and ballad exhibits, the BRI&M archives’ online database, the museum store, and more.
WWW.ACA-DLA.ORG – Over 500 images and 4,000 downloadable MP3s from the Blue Ridge Heritage Collection.
WWW.VIRGINIAHERITAGE.ORG – A comprehensive guide to historical societies, museums, and archives throughout Southwest Virginia.
WWW.BLUERIDGEMUSIC.ORG – The one-stop calendar for hundreds of authentic roots music festivals, jams, and events in Virginia along the Blue Ridge Parkway corridor.
WWW.VAAUTORACING.ORG – A full-throttle ride through the history of drag racing, stock car racing, and hot rodding in Southwest Virginia.
About Ferrum College — Founded in 1913, Ferrum College provides life-long learning and outstanding career and graduate school preparation in a setting of rich natural beauty. Ferrum is a four-year, primarily residential college offering 33 areas of study, campus-wide wireless Internet, small class sizes, and a dedicated faculty. Eighty percent of the 1,400-plus men and women attending Ferrum College live on campus.
Both in academics and student life beyond the classroom, the Ferrum experience draws from the cultural energy of nearby metropolitan areas as well as the outdoor adventure and recreational opportunities of the Blue Ridge region. Ferrum’s 700-acre campus is only minutes away from first-class lakes, rivers, parks, and hiking trails.