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North Georgia foothills Dulcimer Association


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North Georgia foothills Dulcimer Association


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2018 Fall Festival News/UPDATES

Fall Festival member registration fee  $125.00 (Includes Concerts)

Non-member fee $155.00 (Includes Concerts)

One Day attendance $55.00 (Includes Concerts

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Children Under $50.00 (Includes Concerts)

Festival Dates are November 15, 16, 17th and morning of 18th.

 

 Ken Bloom

Ken Bloom

 Linda Brockinton

Linda Brockinton

 Matthew Dickerson

Matthew Dickerson

 Jeff Furman

Jeff Furman

 Janet Furman

Janet Furman

 Nancy Galambush

Nancy Galambush

 Judy House

Judy House

Learn more about this years Faculty by clicking below 

 

 

  

 

 

Who we are...

Founded in 1988, North Georgia Foothills Dulcimer Association (NGFDA) with consistent membership in the hundreds, serves as the state’s largest non-profit 501(c)3 resource to promote Mountain Dulcimers and Hammered Dulcimers.

We have established geographic playing groups as a resource for sharing music, playing techniques, gaining confidence in performing, and other educational interests. The organization sponsors workshops, concerts, and festivals. We sponsor educational opportunities to increase the general awareness and appreciation in dulcimer- related activities.

What We Do...

• Sponsor Festivals and Workshops

• Sponsor regional playing groups,    including new player support

• Promote community involvement with demonstrations by playing groups

• Produce Foothills Footnotes newsletter

• Maintain information-packed website

• Organization networking through    Facebook

• Promote friendship and fun 

• Carry the dulcimer heritage into future generations, preserving the tradition

 Our Faculty for 2018 Fall Festival

New for 2018 or returning after an absence so far:

  • Linda Brockinton

  • Nancy Galambush

  • Judy House

  • Jim Miller

  • Matthew Dickerson

  • Aaron O'Rourke

  • Butch Ross

  • Gary & Toni Sager

  • Danny and Dottie Shepherd

Returning in 2018

  • Ken Bloom

  • Jeff & Janet Furman

  • Anne Lough

  • Rick Thum (who has also agreed to M.C. the concerts)

Yes, some past strong favorites have been left off the rotation for now, People advised more different faces were needed. Joe Collins wanted to give newer instructors a chance to make themselves more known and took himself off the roster, but he has agreed to lead the Christmas jam and the Sunday gathering, because he'll be there anyway.

Stay tuned for news of future Instructors! 

The 2017 t-shirt design contest resulted in a very lovely logo, even though there was only one submission. This year it is hoped there will be more submissions. Would free registration as well as the shirt or tote bag better spark more people's creativity? If so, the competition will end June 1.

 Ann Lough

Ann Lough

 Jim Miller

Jim Miller

 Aaron O'Rourke

Aaron O'Rourke

 Danny Shepherd

Danny Shepherd

 Butch Ross

Butch Ross

 Gary & Toni Sager

Gary & Toni Sager

 Dottie Shepherd

Dottie Shepherd

 Rick Thum

Rick Thum

 
 
 Child playing a Mountain Dulcimer

Child playing a Mountain Dulcimer

 Adult being taught to play Hammered Dulcimer

Adult being taught to play Hammered Dulcimer

 Learning in a workshop at a festival

Learning in a workshop at a festival

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Mission


We help connect good people to great opportunities

Mission


We help connect good people to great opportunities

why We Serve

Promoting educational activities for:

  • Instrument playing

  • Instrument building

  • Composing

  • Performing

  • Listening

Preserving and continuing the instruments’ heritage, history and traditions 

Perpetuating and exploring dulcimers advanced musical applications

Increasing public awareness and appreciation of the instruments

Help Connect

As an all-volunteer organization, there are worthwhile opportunities to learn music and for meaningful involvement to sustain these unique instruments: 

  • Board of Directors Leadership 

  • Committee Leadership 

  • Playing Satellite Leadership 

  • Special Event Leadership 

  • Special Event Volunteers 

  • Community Outreach Volunteers 

  • Marketing and Communications

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The Dulcimer


Gain confidencein performingFind Your Local Group

The Dulcimer


Gain confidencein performingFind Your Local Group

The Mountain Dulcimer

The Mountain Dulcimer, or Appalachian/Lap Dulcimer, is a handcrafted folk music instrument holding historical significance and traditions unique to America. 

It originates from early 17th-century immigrant settlers traveling along the Wilderness Road into the mountains of Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina and Tennessee, crafting instruments from native woods.


• Played by picking or strumming

• ‘Play by number’ with tablature

• Easy start with one-string playing

• Advances to beautiful chorded melodies


The Hammered Dulcimer

The Hammered Dulcimer is a large handcrafted trapezoid-shaped folk instrument with many strings stretched across a wooden platform. Its ancient Middle East roots are probably found in the Bible’s Old Testament. It is known in many countries, coming to America with immigrants, becoming popular as a ‘parlor instrument’ in the 1920/30’s.


• Played with small wooden ‘hammers’

• Played by reading music notes

• Lovely bell-like tones

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