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Here's the schedule so far...

Happy Friday from Key West!  Being that this is the tropics, we have a very flexible schedule of instruction based on consensus.  That is, whatever you want to learn, Butch and I will teach.  After gathering some input yesterday (while bandying about in old town), here's what we're starting with today:

2 pm - Butch Ross - Jam Survival Skills

4 pm - Butch Ross - Rhythm Workshop (or consensus)

Dinner Break

Jamming and possibly concert by Butch


10 am - Jamming

11 am - Bing Futch - Blues Workshop

Lunch Break

Consensus on remaining workshops

We are looking at going out on the Schooner Wolf for a sunset cruise on the Gulf of Mexico Saturday evening.  Tickets are $50.  If we don't go out on the cruise, we will more than likely present a tandem concert during that time.  If we do the cruise, we'll perform a matinee concert in the afternoon.

Sunday will be a light day as Butch has a radio interview in Miami and I've got a bit of a family emergency, so we'll be looking at jamming and possibly some instruction in the morning.  Sheri has offered to lead folks on some island excursions to close out the gathering.

Once again, check my Twitter feed for updates and locations for meals.  Remember that both Butch and I have CDs and books for sale - all workshops will be $20 per person.  Private instruction rates available upon request.

We hope you're having a great time here in Key West and we'll look forward to seeing you this afternoon!


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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 …