February 15-17, 2018 Hey folks! The 2018 Southern Strings Dulcimer Festival is gearing up for another great Festival in Petal, MS. ( just outside of Hattiesburg, MS) Mark your calendars for the following dates: Thursday Feb. 15th, Thursday night - Pre-Festival Jam Session & Fellowship Feb. 16th, Friday - Jamming - Workshops - & Fellowship Dinner with Bingo Feb. 17th, Saturday - Workshops - On-Stage Performances & Competition
GUEST WORKSHOP INSTRUCTORS Jan Carroll - (Mountain Dulcimer) - Poteau, OK William Craig Mann - (Mountain Dulcimer) - Cullman, AL Johnny Carroll - (Rhythm Percussion) - Poteau, OK Richard Switzer - (Psaltery) - Starkville, MS
Local Instructors Don Hill - (Hammered Dulcimer) - Petal, MS Kathy Ford - (Mountain Dulcimer/Ukulele) - Sumrall, MS Terry Keith - (Auto Harp) - Laurel, MS Silvia Sanders - (Dulcimer) - Hattiesburg, MS ________________________________________________
2018 Southern Strings Festival provides opportunity for players of numerous acoustical instruments to increase their skills in workshop settings. If you do not play but would like to learn, beginner classes will be available to you. Intermediate and advance players will enjoy workshops on techniques and new musical selections. All players can gather, learn, listen, jam and share musical experiences.
WORKSHOPS & JAM SESSIONS Sessions are geared to all levels of players from Absolute Beginner to Advanced, all in a laid back atmosphere.
FEATURED PERFORMERS & INSTRUCTORS
While all our Festival Instructors are outstanding, we do have two outstanding Instructors in their field of expertise that we consider our ‘Featured Instructors’. In Mountain Dulcimer we have:
AARON O’ROURKE who is a ‘sought out’ Mountain Dulcimer Instructor all across the U.S. He will bring a new twist and younger sound as he conducts his workshops. You don’t want to miss this opportunity to sit under his leadership.
“In our Hammered Dulcimer area we are so proud to have the one and only
JESS DICKINSON again this year as he brings his teaching skills to the workshop once again. Jess is a co-festival partner as he is the “Father” of the Deep South Dulcimer Championship. He developed the Championship 7 years ago and is in the process of having it Sanctioned by Nationals.
We also have other Instructors who you will find to be wonderful teachers and instructors as well.
Jan Carroll recently placed 4th at Windgate, KS, received First Place in Mountain View, AR as well as the 2017 Deep South MT Dulcimer Champion.
Craig Mann is dulcimer historian and has been an MT Dulcimer instructor in Northern AL for many years.
Richard Switzer will again this year conduct Psaltery workshop which will be a Psaltery Symphony.
Johnny Carroll is a percussionist who will be giving tips on enhancing your group sound by using Rhythm instruments.
In addition Southern Strings has also enlisted the help of local instructors who are willing to share their skills having played and taught for many years.
Don Hill – (Hammered Dulcimer) – Petal, MS – Deep South Dulcimer Championship 2nd & 3rd place winner.
Kathy Ford – (Mountain Dulcimer) – Sumrall, MS Multi-Instrumentalist and long timer performer with are Gospel Groups
Terry Keith – (Auto Harp) – Laurel, MS – Singing with Auto-Harp specialty
Silvia Sanders – (Dulcimer) – Hattiesburg, MS – Mt Dulcimer Instructor in both DAA & DAD with a easy to learn atmosphere
ON-STAGE PERFORMANCES On-Stage Performance - for individuals or groups who would like to play a 2 song set or no more than a 10 minute slot of time. Our Instructors will also perform at this time if they desire. SPECIAL ORCHESTRA & PSALTERY CHOIR We are working to get an Multi-Instrumental Sessions for the Festival which will also be asked to perform on Saturday. Our Psaltery Choir will be performing as well.
ON-SITE-MEALS A wonderfully delicious meal will be served on Friday night followed by the Annual Southern Strings BINGO game for prizes. (cost of meal will be on the registration form coming soon) Lunch Friday & Saturday - you will have plenty of time to go pick something up bring back to eat at the Church or maybe you would like to bring your lunch. Drinks will be available at the snack bar.(additional info on registration form) VENDORS Vendors will be available on site. Music related items only. Musical Instruments, music, accessories, and new items will be available for purchase.
JAMMING Jam session will be available at all times. DULCIMER DOCTOR A dulcimer doctor will be available for minor repairs to your dulcimer during the festival. REGISTRATION FORMS ( on top menu )