Memphis Dulcimer Gathering, Inc., works to provide a venue for instruction on playing the mountain dulcimer, as well as other folk instruments, and to educate the public about folk music and folk lore by promoting dulcimer and folk music through workshops, lectures, performances and other events. A 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation founded in July, 2004, your donations help us bring dulcimer and folk events to the Southeast. All donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law and help continue our programming.
Your donations go directly toward promoting dulcimer and folk events in the Memphis/West Tennessee/North Mississippi/Eastern Arkansas area, hosting traveling musicians in the area, as well as events at local libraries, nursing homes, churches and schools.
Federal Express and many other employers allow payroll deductions for donations to 501(c)(3) organizations. You can choose for your United Way or other charitable payroll deductions to be sent to The Memphis Dulcimer Gathering, Inc. Please consider making The Memphis Dulcimer Gathering, Inc., your charity of choice when making your payroll deductions. Direct contributions can be made by mailing a check to: The Memphis Dulcimer Gathering, Inc., PO Box 224, Moscow, TN 38057 or call 901-877-7763 for more information.
In early 2015, MDG, Inc., developed an outreach program titled "Sing Me Home," providing live, meditative music for those in under-served/compromised communities in an urban setting. The current focus is providing live, meditative music for events, usually meals, with a goal of adding workshops
in the future.
Working with Calvary Episcopal Church in downtown Memphis, I began the first steps by providing calming, meditative music during the mealtimes for the Room in the Inn ministry. Room at the Inn is a cooperative program of various Shelby County churches which provides housing for homeless families during the cold winter months, along with a nightly meal. While many of us are accustomed to having music, live or recorded, during our meals at restaurants, the men and women who share shelter and meals with Room at the Inn are fortunate just to have something to eat and a place out of the bad weather. They loved having music played while they ate and visited with each other and with volunteers.
The program expanded to include providing music for two other programs. Lives Worth Saving is a program that helps those affected by sex trafficking find better lives through counselling, job programs and safe housing. This is a project involving scores of volunteers from Calvary Church, the judicial system and the police department. The Hospitality Hub in downtown Memphis is a resource for the homeless and those looking for employment. The visitors have access to computers, phones, lockers for their belongings and counselors to help them create resumes, make connections for job interviews, and a variety of other services. While the participants sip coffee and wait for a counselor or their turn at the computer, they are given a live performance of meditative music.
On one occasion at the Hub, Sheldon stopped to talk with me about the music. He was a great singer and had been offered a recording contract when he was shot in the back during a carjacking and spent the next several years recovering. We sang You are My Sunshine together and the visitors that day were so happy and supportive.
For more information about folk music events in the Memphis area, call Lee at 901-877-7763, or email Lee @LeeCagleDulcimers.com.
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Below is a video about Room In the Inn taken at a RITI event in 2015.
To order, call 901-877-7763 or email me -- email Lee . Payment by check or money order can be sent to:
PO Box 224
Moscow, TN 38057
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Beneath the Willow contains the lyrics and chords for 78 old time sing-a-long songs, with chord charts for guitar and mountain dulcimer in DAD and DAA. There is no tablature -- chords and chord chart only.
Blue Smoke Dulcimer Strings are designed to be compatible with a variety of tunings, giving you the flexibility you need when playing. The set includes 0.12 (two melody or treble strings), 0.14 (middle string), 0.24 bronze wound bass string.
Sticky Picks add a grip which keeps the pick just where you want it in your fingers. Just for fun, they will also stick to your instrument without marring the finish. So no more searching the floor for your pick during a jam.