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Showing posts from July, 2009

Instructor/Performer Profile: Karen Mueller

Karen Mueller is one of the top autoharp and mountain dulcimer players today. Her exciting and innovative performing style, featuring Appalachian, Celtic and contemporary music, has been applauded by critics and audiences from LA to Boston.

Bluegrass Unlimited magazine has said "Karen Mueller's touch, timing and taste make her a true virtuoso. Her talent and clarity ... deserve a wide audience." Karen won the 1986 International Autoharp Championship and was a National Dulcimer finalist in 1985, both at Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kansas. (

Instructor/Performer Profile: Dan Landrum

Dan’s virtuosic hammer dulcimer playing has taken him from street performing in Chattanooga, Tennessee, to Olympic Ceremonies, U.S. Presidential Inaugurations, music festivals around the country and international stages.

He’s been on the road since 2003 as a soloist with greek performer Yanni and is currently featured in the PBS special “Yanni Live: The Concert Event” which was released in August 2006. Dan is also editor and publisher of Dulcimer Players News. (

Spaces Still Available at Boyd's!

If you're planning on camping when you come to the Key West Dulcimer Fest, consider staying at Boyd's Key West Campground, just five minutes from the Hurricane Hole Marina where everything is taking place.

Though all waterfront spaces are taken, they said they've got plenty of inland spots for primitive tent camping or RVs/campers. The phone number is (305) 294-1465 and their e-mail is

The campgrounds include a pool, marina, tiki hut with large screen t.v., dog walk, beach, picnic pavilion, laundry, bath house, public phones, game room, immediate access to city bus routes and more!

The next campground is ten minutes away from the venue so don't delay! Reserve your space and get ready for festival paradise!

Instructor/Performer Profile: Lois Hornbostel

Lois is a popular "pioneer" of mountain dulcimer playing technique and repertoire, with eight internationally published books to her credit. Her first recording, "Vive le Dulcimer," was a finalist for an "Indie" award in their World Music category. Lois travels the dulcimer trail, playing, teaching and carousing at dulcimer events across the country. Learning her music direct from traditional Irish, Appalachian, Cajun, and world musicians, Lois has also introduced the mountain dulcimer as a sometimes-new voice in these musical styles.

She learned to play Southern Appalachian style from traditional North Carolina dulcimer players, and has won the prestigious dulcimer competitions at the Galax, Mount Airy, and Fiddlers Grove old-time music conventions. Her recordings include "Masters of the Mountain Dulcimer Vol. I" and "Masters of the Mountain Dulcimer Play Music for Christmas." Lois is editor of Mel Bay Publications' internet &quo…

Special Deals at The Southernmost Resort!

If you're looking for a place to stay on Key West and have decided that The Southernmost Resort properties look good to you, we've got special rates available for festival attendees.

Contact them at (800) 354 4455 and mention promo code "DULMER."

As their name implies, Southernmost Resorts are the farthest you can go to the end of the Continental United States and they are on the quieter end of Duval St., where white sand beaches and open-air cafes provide plenty of relaxation and peaceful enjoyment.