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Memphis Dulcimer & Folk Gathering 2012


Click here for
information on the
9th Annual Memphis Dulcimer & Folk
September 20 & 21, 2013


Last year's event information is below.  Be sure to visit the page for 2013!

Our 8th Annual Festival!

September 21 & 22, 2012
Second Baptist Church
4680 Walnut Grove Road
Memphis, TN 38117

Instructor Concert
Friday, September 21 at 7:00 p.m.
Church Sanctuary
$10 per person

The Memphis Dulcimer & Folk Gathering seeks to provide the highest quality instruction in a warm and friendly atmosphere.  We encourage interaction among students and staff.  In order to retain the personal feel of the festival and to keep workshops small enough to enable individual attention and a non-threatening environment, registration is limited to 125 workshop participants.

Midday concerts are free and lunch ($8 per person per day) can be ordered without being registered for classes.  Admission to the Evening Instructor concert (Friday, September 21 at 7:00 p.m.) is $10 per person.

Your donations to MDG, Inc. are tax-deductible.  We are looking for sponsors for this year's festival.  If you or someone you know would like to make a tax-deductible donation and be listed in the program for the festival, please e-mail Lee or call 901-877-7763.  You may wish to honor someone or remember someone who has passed away with a donation of $10 or more.  These remembrances will also be listed in the festival program.

Many thanks to our SPONSORS FOR 2012:
Second Baptist Church 
Jim and Sherril Blair
Jake's Cabin Dulcimers
McSpadden Dulcimers
Ilace and Ray Mears
Office Depot, Collierville
Betty Westmoreland, in memory of Bob & Cleo B. Westmoreland
Danny and Tricia Autry
Ann and Mark Seward
Falcon Charters, LLC
Sparky Paessler
Many thanks to Jess Dickinson for donating his
graphic arts talents for our 2012 t-shirts,
and for providing video and sound for our event.

Please contact me if your are interested in sponsoring the festival or making an honorarium or memorial to someone.  All donations are tax deductible.


Two days of workshops -- jams -- demonstrations -- midday concerts -- open stage -- vendors --

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. each day.  Workshops are held from 9:00 a.m. until about 4:30 p.m. both days.  Lunch is available from the church (must be reserved and paid in advance) or you may bring your own lunch.  Concerts and vendor times are held during the lunch break.  There will be an evening instructor-led jam and an instructor concert.

Detailed schedules with class topics can be accessed on the link below.  A full schedule will be provided closer to the festival:

Click here for schedule of classes.

Instructors for 2012

Rick Thum

Lee Cagle

Ilace Mears

Agene Parsons

Guy & Sharrie George
Bing Futch
Anne Lough
Ken Kolodner

Dulcimer House
(Dennis Moran)

kasu designs
(jewelry by Kathy Hellweg)

Bob Magowan,
Dulcimer Doctor
Guy and Sharrie George

Bob Magowan, Dulcimer Doctor

In addition, each of our instructors will
have a table of CDs and instructional
materials for sale.

Midday Concerts include**
Open Stage
Bing Futch, Native American Flute
Doug Felt
Harry Johnson and family, bones/bodhran
David Gish, guitar
Jess Dickinson
Hilary Rose and Daniel Fleck, mandolin & old time
Mulberry Jam
Sidestreet Steppers

**performances subject to change

Mixed Bag Workshops
Kevan Barley
Guy George, steel drum
Sharrie George, ukelele
Harry & Doug, bones & bodhran
Jess Dickinson, guitar

Photo for 2012 Gathering T-shirt
which can be pre-ordered
with your registration:



We will again have two instruments for our silent auction, a Traveler model hammered dulcimer from Jake's Cabin (designed by Rick Thum), and a six-string mountain dulcimer from The Dulcimer Shoppe (McSpadden).  Many thanks to Jim Newman and to Jim and Betty Woods for their continued support of the Gathering.

Auction Rules:
Bidding starts at $150 and must be increased at increments of $5 or more up to $250. Above $250, bids may be increased in increments of $1 or more.

Bidding ends promptly at 1:30 on Saturday, September 22, 2012.

Payment must be made immediately by check or cash. If payment cannot be made, the bid will go to the next highest bidder who stands ready to pay with check or cash.


Jake’s Cabin Hammered Dulcimer — Traveler Model --- Value: $450.00

FEATURES: 14 treble 13 bass courses – solid spanish cedar top – solid hard-rock maple pin block – 5-ply birch plywood back – solid walnut end rails – color-coded tuning pins

SPECIFICATIONS: Bottom Rail: 35-3/4" – Top Rail: 17-1/4" – Side Rail: 17-1/4"
Height: 14-5/8" – String Spacing: 1-1/4" – Weight: 9lbs.

McSpadden Mountain Dulcimer --- Value: $451.00

6 String, Flat Peghead, Teardrop with Cedar top, Walnut back and sides — 28 ½" vibrating string length — tuned in the Key of D with 6 ½ and 13 ½ frets included — basic setup is dD-Aa-dd

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