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Autoharps & Dulcimers Cyber Gathering 2021

Friday, May 14th – Sunday, May 16th

Friday night concert, classes and jamming on Saturday & Sunday in zoom, and plenty of opportunity to ask questions as you learn new tunes & techniques! All registrants have 1 year access to archived videos and resources.

Whether you are a seasoned player, you love sing-alongs, or have always wanted to learn your first folk instrument, this camp is for you! Instruction will encompass all ability levels on the mountain dulcimer, hammered dulcimer, and autoharp, and all instruments are welcome to play along.
Flexible pricing: $35-$100 Please self-select based on your ability to pay. All registrants will receive zoom links and 1 year access to archived video of the event. For registration assistance call 845-657-8333 x-25
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The first dulcimer player Don Pedi ever met was Richard Farina Boylston Street in Boston in 1964 that forever changed his life. In the next several years, he travelled the East Coast meeting and studying with influential dulcimer players like Margaret MacArthur, Jean Ritchie and Howie Mitchell, who is pretty much the father of contemporary style dulcimer playing. After experiencing the playing styles of all those influential musicians, Don, like many dulcimer players of the time, experimented with chording and playing popular songs of the day as well as folk music from varied traditions. After moving to Western North Carolina, Don immersed himself in mountain culture and music. He has developed a style of playing the dulcimer that matches the traditional old time fiddle note for note, including a rhythmic feel suitable for dancing and vocal accompaniment. A gifted player and teacher, Don shares his knowledge in a relaxed, friendly, and non-competitive manner, creating an atmosphere conducive to everyone learning at their own pace.


Cliff Cole fell in love with the hammered dulcimer at the Philadelphia Folk Festival three decades ago, and he’s been hammering on ever since. He started off as a drummer and has carried that musical experience and sense of rhythm over to the hammered dulcimer and folk music. Rounding out his musical expression, Cliff studies acoustic guitar, plays the blues harp, and enjoys singing. For many years, Cliff has presented workshops at dulcimer and folk music festivals, including The Cranberry Dulcimer Gathering, Nutmeg Dulcimer Festival, The Pocono Winter Fest and the French Creek Retreat. Cliff’s first regular dulcimer gig was playing Bluegrass with Steel City Strings in the late ’80s. He then founded the folk ensemble DayBreak in 1989, and they are still performing together today. The group has delved into many musical styles including Celtic, Old Time, Bluegrass, American folk, early music and their own original tunes, many of which Cliff created and arranged. Cliff has produced and recorded 6 recordings with them as well as two recordings with his daughter, vocalist Emily Rose Cole.


Heidi and John live in Ellington, CT and also perform as a duo and as part of Jerimoth Hill, along with Aubrey Atwater and Elwood Donnelly.  John plays  guitar, banjo, mandolin, or acoustic bass for the group while Heidi plays autoharp, hammered or mountain dulcimer.  Both sing lead and vocal harmony.  Heidi teaches autoharp and hammered dulcimer and John teaches clawhammer banjo.  


Norm Williams is a performer/teacher of the mountain dulcimer who also plays guitar, banjo, ukulele, native flute and vocals. He is a co-founder of The Pocono Dulcimer Club and a coordinator of their DulcimerFest held annually in Stroudsburg, PA: a co-founder of the Maiden Creek Old Time Music Festival.

 Norm began teaching mountain dulcimer in 2002 and has been faculty at festivals throughout the Northeast.  Additionally, he coordinates music for Quiet Valley Historical Farm & Living History Museum in Stroudsburg. He is also a volunteer host for news and folk programming at WDIY 88.1FM, Lehigh Valley Community Public Radio.

 Norm also performs & records with the bands Wayfarers & Company, Tom & Betty Druckenmiller, and most recently with Cliff Cole & Rob Yoder in the band, Dulcimer Boys. He recently released his first solo recording entitled “…a wayfarer; songs of hope and encouragement”


Neal and Coleen live in Greencastle, PA.  For over 20 years, Neal played with the Mill Run Dulcimer Band and recorded eight albums with them.  Coleen is also a talented fabric artist.  Neal provides the strong vocal lead of the group while playing guitar, mountain dulcimer, banjo, mandolin or autoharp.  Coleen sings a low harmony and plays bass or percussion (rhythm egg or limberjack). Neal and Coleen also play as a duo at festivals and workshops across the country. They were elected to the Autoharp Hall of Fame in 2011.


Slow Deer Crossing is the duo of Anne Dilker & Rich Kuklentz. Anne is, both through natural aptitude and formal training, a dancer so rhythm is a natural for her. Rich is well steeped the tradition of folk music and had been playing and singing for over 40 years. 


The Ashokan Center builds community through shared experiences in nature, history, music and art. For 40 years we have hosted traditional Music & Dance Camps at our 385 nature preserve. In 2020 we learned how to host them online!

“Joyous and talented teachers. Feeling not only warmly welcomed, but also individually included interactively” – Amy

“The teachers were so reachable and personable. I really enjoyed the whole camp and it was so well run. I hope they will continue to have virtual camps in the future since we live so far away.” – Timothy

“Wonderfull and inspiring teachers. I appreciate that every single teacher I had came fully prepared and then some. Especially given the challenges of technology, this was extraordinary. Huge kudos to the behind -the- scenes worker bees. Thank you Ashokan folks, you will definitely see me and mine again some day.” – Donna

Come join the Ashokan family to celebrate, learn, connect, deepen your music, make new friends, and brighten your day. Our events are open to all folks, all ages and all orientations. 

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EMAIL events@ashokancenter.org 
CALL 845-657-8333 x25

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