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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 "webzine," and also organizes dulcimer events in North Carolina. (


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2013 Key West Dulcimer Gathering - 1/24 - 1/27

The 2013 Key West Dulcimer Gathering will take place January 24th - 27th at Casa Cabanas (2510 Harris Ave.) in Key West, Florida!  The low-key nature (pun fully intended) of the 2012 event worked so well that we've decided to stick with that formula; whoever shows up, shows up and will be welcomed with music, fun, great food and the beauty of wintertime in the sub-tropics of the United States.

No registration fee is required and with the workshops on mountain dulcimer, Native American flute and ukulele (perhaps even guitar), you simply pay as you go.  Or nap on the deck.  Or go snorkeling - it's all your call.

The dynamic duo of Butch Ross and Bing Futch will be on staff and ready to help you learn as you have fun - or is that have fun as you learn?  Either way, it's going to be a good time as we enjoy lots of jamming, an honest-to-goodness Cuban cookout, some sightseeing and whatever else may come into play;  this is Key West after all.

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The Key West Dulcimer Gathering is just around the corner and we're starting to get excited about spending four lovely days in the place that you see in the picture above.  (That's Smathers Beach, by the way, and we'll head over there at least once.)

There's no registration fee - merely point your GPS to 2510 Harris Ave in Key West and plan on showing up sometime on Thursday, January 24th.  Nothing is planned yet - that's completely up to those who arrive!  Butch Ross and myself will be on hand to lead jams, offer private lessons and see who's interested in what.  Once we have a consensus, we'll know what kinds of workshops to put together and when to offer them.

Now, if you don't have a place to stay yet, contact Sheri Cabanas at Conch Republic Concierge (305) 294-6019.

Other than that - prepare to have a blast in the tropics!  If you're joining us later than the 24th, text or call me at (407) 342-1447 and I'll let you know where we're at if …