Ken Ellis Luthier
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As of June 2021, there is only one live festival for 2021, Walnut Valley. The rest have been canceled or will be virtual. Ohio Valley Gathering, Clarksville, IN An acoustic music festival featuring the Mountain and Hammered Dulcimer, blending with other traditional instruments and musical styles. Over 50 hours of classes each year for the hammered and mountain dulcimer, autoharp, penny whistle, ukulele, banjo, banjammer, guitar, mandolin, folk percussion, bowed psaltery, and washtub bass. Canceled for 2021 Buckeye Dulcimer Festival, Ashley, OH Mostly mountain and hammer dulcimer workshops, but Phyllis Davis offers an extended beginner’s autoharp class if enough people sign up for it. This year they are featuring harp workshops and, as always, jams and an extended multi-instrument workshop on playing in a band. Canceled for 2021 Mountain Laurel Autoharp Gathering, Newport, PA The largest autoharp gathering, attracting 200-300 people each year Five days of workshops, concerts with some of the top artists in the country, jams, and, of course: Home of the Mountain Laurel Autoharp Championship Virtual Festival for 2021. See for more details. Walnut Valley Festival, Winfield, KS Attracting up to 16,000 attendees. Heavily weighted towards bluegrass, but there is an autoharp contingent that shows up each year and gathers at the “Autoharp Junction” Four stages with practically continuous music all day, with additional venues for even more music, not to mention the jams. Home of the International Autoharp Contest, and contests for 7 other instruments. We will be providing a prize autoharp again this year. Stop by our booth and try out our ‘harps! September 15-19, 2021 John C. Campbell Folk School Fall Festival, Brasstown, NC Bluegrass, gospel, folk, and Celtic music; over 240 fine craft exhibitors and more than 40 artisans demonstrating traditional and contemporary crafts. Pony rides for the kids. Canceled for 2021 Other Autoharp Festivals California Autoharp Gathering, Dunlap, CA A week of autoharp workshops and concerts with some of the top artists in the country. Seattle Autoharp Week, Seattle, WA (where else?) One week of intensive workshops for autoharp players Sore Fingers Summer School, Kingham, UK Intensive workshops for many folk instruments, including the autoharp. North West Autoharp Gathering, Port Orchard, WA Three days of autoharp workshops and concerts with some of the top artists in the country. Other Music Festivals Appalachian Festival, Cincinnati, Ohio Bluegrass, gospel, roots music, and big band jazz. Clogging and Square Dancing, dozens of vendors selling traditional Appalachian craft items, Living History Demonstrators, and Storytelling. River Roots Music and Folk Arts Festival, Madison, IN Americana and roots music on the Ohio River Original Dulcimer Players Club FunFest, Evart, MI A festival emphasizing hammer and mountain dulcimers, but players of all acoustic instruments are invited to add to the variety of sound. Workshops, concerts, and jams. Canceled for 2021. Hungry Mother Festival, Marion, VA The Hungry Mother Festival brings together arts and crafts vendors, entertainment, live music, food, and family fun. All set in beautiful Hungry Mother State Park in Marion, Virginia. Entertainment includes live performances by bands and musicians in a variety of genres, workshops with master musicians, luthiers, et cetera, and animal demonstrations. Over 100 craft vendors.