Feb. 17-18, 2017
Pre-Festival Activity Thursday Feb. 16th
SOUTHERN STRINGS DULCIMER FESTIVAL
“Deep South Dulcimer Championship”
2017 marks the 20th Anniversary of Southern Strings as well as the 10th Birthday of our festival. We are in the celebrating mood and want to share that celebration with you. To commemorate our years, Southern Strings will be traveling back in time when we first got started in the Festival business. We will be bringing back many of the activities of ten years ago and even have some new activities in the making. The 2017 Registration Fee will reflect the same cost as it did in 2007 plus we will be doing more jamming, performing on stage and just fellow-shipping. We would like to invite each of you to take advantage of these special opportunities that are being passed on to you in 2017.
The special registration fee will be a ONE-TIME-EVENT FEE– of $10.00 for one day and a full festival fee (2 days) of $20.00. (This is our Birthday Present to you!)
OUR FESTIVAL GOAL–Put more FUN & FELLOWSHIP in our Festival!
INSTRUCTORS: 10 years ago we brought in one outside instructor to conduct a couple of workshops along with some local very competent dulcimer players who also conducted some sessions. The rest of the time was spent jamming and making new dulcimer friends. SO our take on this is to have an instructor in each of the following: Dulcimer, Hammered Dulcimer, Psaltery, Fiddle, Ukulele, and Auto Harp. Each Instructor will also head up some of the other special events.
BAND SCRAMBLE – This will be a fun couple of sessions that everyone will be involved in. All levels of players will be involved so it doesn’t matter if you are a beginner or advanced player. There will be four (4) Band Scramble groups which will be made up of the festival attendees headed up by at least one Instructor. Each group will meet several times during the 2 days to plan and practice at least 2 songs that will be presented on stage Saturday right after lunch. You can play any instrument you would like as long as it is acoustical. All our regular instruments are welcomed as well as guitar, bass, spoons, penny whistle, rhythm instruments, SING or dance along. Each group will have to come up with their own Group name and can even dress alike, wear a special hair style or do something special…**it is encouraged. Each group will be given a time limit for their performance. FUN FUN FUN!
ORCHESTRA — Last year we had the most beautiful Dulcimer (&/or acoustical instruments) Orchestra lead by Lisa Oivanki and we look forward to having it again this year. The Orchestra will also play on stage immediately after the Band Scramble.
OPEN-STAGE — We have been wanting to add Open Stage to our festival for sometime so we are making sure this is accomplished this year. Open Stage will be for any dulcimer clubs who would like to perform or any group of folks who like to get together at home or at a festival to jam. Any number of folks can play, 1-2-3-4 etc. Only restriction is that any one person cannot perform in the On-Stage event over two (2) times. Each group will be limited to two (2) songs each and will also have a time limit. So get your group interested in coming and performing or call a couple of friends and plan to participate. (Open-Stage Rules on menu)
Quick Look at the Festival
THURSDAY NIGHT — Birthday Party Jam with all the traditional delicious Birthday treats.
FRIDAY— Workshops & Jam session
FRIDAY NIGHT –“A Night on the Town” 20th Anniversary Dinner & On-Stage Performances
SATURDAY — Workshops & Jam Sessions – Band Scramble Performances – Orchestra performance
SATURDAY AFTERNOON — “Deep South Dulcimer Championship”
2017 will be our 6th Annual Championship for both Mountain & Hammered Dulcimers. We are proud to be able to provide an enthusiastic competition each year for anyone who would like to compete. For addition Information and rules…….
For Competition Info or Registration
2016 Champions BELOW
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