Southern Strings Dulcimers Club



***** F O R   F E S T I V A L   I N F O   S C R O L L   D O W N *****

Southern Strings Dulcimer – 725 Elks Lake Road – Hattiesburg, MS 39401

“Already Play Dulcimer or always wanted to learn”

Free Lessons – and lots of Jamming

Weekly Jam Sessions  –  Dixie School Cabin                                  725 Elks Lake Rd – Hattiesburg, MS 39401    

Wednesday  –  9:00 am – 11:00 am

Karen Mims – Director                                                                                                email:      Text or Call:  601-606-1848



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Joe CollinsShelby, NC

Mountain Dulcimer Instructor (DAA & DAD)


Joe Collins has been a folk musician and mountain dulcimer player since the late 70s. A songwriter and vocalist, he performs with a lot of humor and some excellent mountain dulcimer playing – sure to bring a smile to audiences of all ages. He has won numerous competitions, including the 2007 National Mountain Dulcimer Championship in Winfield, Kansas. He has performed and taught at some of the best camps and festivals in the country including Steve Kauffman’s Acoustic Kamp in Tennessee, Western Carolina University’s Dulcimer U, and a host of others from the east coast to California and from Florida to Vermont. Joe has a doctorate in adult education that he puts to good use in his workshops, and he currently is a professor of Discipleship Studies at Gardner-Webb University in North Carolina.


RICK LONG –  Clinton, Tennessee

Rick Long is a long-time bowed psaltery builder and player.  He is a lifelong resident of East Tennessee.  After first discovering the psaltery in 1980 he went on to design, build, and sell the psalteries at craft shows and through his website.  He understands the importance of proper technique in playing for the very best sound.  He teaches this technique, along with the information needed to care for the psaltery.  He has played the psaltery in many different settings over the years.  His favorite is playing along at dulcimer jams using a tenor psaltery tuned to a chromatic scale of D.  Rick has specialized in building psalteries using wound strings for great tone and volume.  His favorite is the thirty-string tenor model which is small in size but has a 2 1/2 octave range, so enough to play almost any song.  In recent years, Rick has spent a lot of time playing the dulcimer and writing songs.  He also discovered an open-tuning style he uses on guitars, baritone ukulele, and guitar.  Rick has also recorded many songs with friends found on his Soundcloud account.  Go to Soundcloud and search for “Psalteryman” to find them.  He has also started a growing list of videos on his YouTube Page.  On YouTube search for “Psalteryman” to find his channel.  In the last few years, he has made quite a number of these videos that focus on learning the bowed psaltery and sharing hard-to-find answers to questions about the bowed psaltery.




Past Festival featured on Mississippi Roads

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