Upper Potomac Spring Music Weekend
March 20-22, 2020 - Upper Potomac Spring Music Weekend Workshops, classes, concerts and jam sessions for hammered dulcimer, and special weekend "theme" classes mixed instruments with special guest instructors. Our 2020 Staff includes: Hammered Dulcimer: Ruth Smith Saturday Uke Class Steve Smith
Spring Japan Tour
May 12-29 Various locations around Japan - Tokyo (Ginza, Shinjuku, & Machida), Chino, Nagano, Kanazawa, Osaka, Nishinomiya
ODPC Dulcimer Festival
July 16-18 - Evart is known as the "Grand Daddy" of all dulcimer festivals, the ODPC FunFest is the largest gathering of hammer dulcimer players in the world. Each year on the third weekend in July, several thousand musicians and music lovers come home to the fairgrounds in Evart for the ODPC FunFest. Whether you are new to the instrument or a national hammer dulcimer champion, or even a person who just likes to listen to the music, you will feel welcome at FunFest. It draws musicians from around the world who come to enjoy several days of concerts, workshops and memories. The festival's original purpose was to invite musicians who played other acoustic instruments, to add variety to the sound of the large collection of hammer dulcimers. And thus even today, all acoustic instrument players are welcomed to this predominantly hammer dulcimer event.
Blowing Rock Art and History Museum Summer Concert Series
August 16 - 4:00 pm - Price: Free
Steve and Ruth share their music from the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Both of Scottish heritage, they take the audience from the traditional Celtic music of Scotland and Ireland that migrated with the Scots-Irish into the Appalachian Mountains, through the early music of the Southern Highlands, and on to Steve & Ruth's heartwarming original music about mountain life and rural Appalachian values.
Ruth plays the hammered and Appalachian mountain dulcimers, with Steve on fingerstyle guitar, clawhammer banjo, and vocals.
Steve and Ruth Smith at Joe Shannon's Mountain Home Music Matinee Concert
Joe Shannon's Mountain Home Music is proud to announce that they will continue their very popular Mountain Home Music Matinees in 2020 celebrating diverse styles of Appalachian performing arts, including music, singing, storytelling and dance. Mountain Home Music strives to educate and build community through the arts, with voluntary donations as you exit the shows ($10 suggested).
Black Mountain Music Festival
October 17-22 - This six day event is starts on Saturday, ending Thursday. Great workshops, concerts, and jamming in the Blue Ridge Mountains in the fall! Becoming one of the premier music festivals in the country, the facilities, instructors and workshop offerings are second to none.