Southern Strings Dulcimers Club

Jam sessions each Tuesday – 6:00 – 8:00 pm.

All acoustical instruments welcomed.

We primarily play in DAA but have sessions for DAD tuning two times a month from 5:00-5:45 pm.

Free beginner lessons for first timers. Beginners to Advanced player welcomed.

For additional information text (only) 601-606-1848 or 601-270-4035

Karen Mims is founder and leader of Southern Strings
725 Elks Lake Road – Hattiesburg, MS 39401
Located at the intersection of Elks Lake Road and Dixie Barn Road.

Come join us at the Little Log Cabin in the Dixie Community

2020 Deep South Dulcimer Championship Winners

February 21-22, 2020

Let’s Celebrate 100 years of Music…. 1920-2020!  The 2020 Southern Strings Dulcimer Festival’s theme this coming year will be the “ROARING TWENTIES”. 


Mark your calendars for the following dates:

  • Pre-Festival Jam session – Thursday, Feb. 20th – 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.
  • Workshops, Jamming & Roaring Twenties Dinner – “On Stage”  Friday, Feb. 21st – starting at 8:00 a.m. and around 8:00 p.m.
  • Workshops, Jamming, mini concerts  & the “Deep South Dulcimer Championship” – Saturday, Feb. 22nd.


Calvary Baptist Church
1123 Highway 42
Petal, MS 39465

( just outside of Hattiesburg, MS)


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.

 Tish Westman Beckley, WV

Bowed Psaltery Instructor

Tish is one of the three full time resident studio Artisans at Tamarack in Beckley, West Virginia which is an art center showcasing “The Best of West Virginia”, Art and Crafts from across the state. Along with being a woodworker and Luthier she also is a singer/songwriter, musician and teacher of many stringed instruments.  Plays Bowed Psaltery, Ukulele, Clawhammer Banjo, Autoharp and has won several awards on Mountain Dulcimer including Mid-East Regionals. She also organizes an annual Bowed Psaltery Symphony which is going into it’s 11th season, has over 50 musicians from all over the country. She has CDs recorded with “Psaltrio” and many song books. They have performed on Mountain Stage and many other music venues including our local Carnegie Hall in Lewisburg, WV. Tish’s  passion is teaching people to play music, fiber arts and gardening.

Tish Westman, Tamarack Resident Artist

Matthew Dickerson – Aiken, SC

Hammered Dulcimer

Matthew Dickerson is a national champion and full time performer, and entertainer on the Hammered Dulcimer.  Matthew began playing the hammered dulcimer at the young age of 15 on a homemade instrument he had constructed from a water damaged piano. His push for progress and talent led him to compete in the Mideast Regional Hammered Dulcimer Competition in 2012, which he won. Shortly thereafter he also went on to compete in and win the 2012 National Hammered Dulcimer Championship at the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kansas. 

Matthew’s fun, personal and candid stage presence has taken him all across America and overseas to perform familiar tunes from the 50’s and 60’s, film scores, traditional, and original music performed on the hammered dulcimer.

He released his first album in the summer of 2014 (When I’m Happy And I Know It), and his second (So Sings My Strings) in the summer of 2018.

With a genuine appreciation for great music and talent in multiple genres, he continues to reach for new heights in both style and performance as he represents himself as one of the best dulcimer players in the world. 

Matthew resides with his wife and two sons in Aiken, South Carolina.



2020 Southern Strings Festival provides an 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.

Looking forward to seeing each and everyone of you at our Roaring Twenties Dulcimer Festival.

  Sessions are geared to all levels of players from Absolute Beginner to Advanced, all in a laid back atmosphere.
  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.

  A wonderfully "Roaring 20's" 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 will be available on site. Music related items only. Musical Instruments, music, accessories, and new items will be available for purchase.

  Jam session will be available at all times.

  A dulcimer doctor will be available for minor repairs to your dulcimer during the festival.

 REGISTRATION FORM 2020          click on form

2020 SOUTHERN STRINGS DULCIMER FESTIVAL INFO & Deep South Dulcimer Championship


 Thursday night (Feb. 20, 2020) will kick off our 22nd Festival with a Community Jam Session with a light dinner of favorite dishes from the last 100 yrs.  Early registration will be available so you won't have to stand in the registration line on Friday Morning.   All Acoustical Instruments welcomed.

 Registered Festival attendees can sign up to perform on Open Stage which will be on Friday night after the Festival Dinner. Open Stage is for any dulcimer club, individuals or group of folks who would like to perform before the Festival attendees. 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
 as long as it is acoustical.  FUN    FUN    FUN! ( Open-Stage Rules are posted in the web site menu)
**** Keep in theme by performing a favorite song from the last 100 years of American Music.  Give us a little history about the song and where it fit in our Musical History****



2020 will be our 9th Annual Championship for both Mountain & Hammered Dulcimers.

 and for the 2nd year the Bowed Psaltery.   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…….


Jess Dickinson

For Competition Info or Registration



Ringing Strings Psaltery”

handcrafted by
Rick Long
Clinton, Tennessee
(865) 660-4026





  • You could win a new MASTER WORKS hammered dulcimer!

  • You could win a new McSPADDEN mountain dulcimer!

  • You could win a new RINGING STRINGS Psaltery!

  • Prizes for 1st, 2nd & 3rd place winners.

  • 1st place HD and MD winners get free admission and free automatic entry to National Hammered Dulcimer and National Mountain Dulcimer Competition at the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, KS, and automatic entry into National Hammered Dulcimer & National Mountain Dulcimer competition!

Mountain Dulcimer


Karen McQueen-3rd

Peggy Broussard-2nd

Russ Rentler-1st

1st Place

Russ Rentler – Orefield PA


Hammered Dulcimer


Samuel Simpson – 3rd

Ben Haguewood-1st

Russ Rentler-2nd


Ben Haguewood

Mineral PT, MO






Ford Weatherford-3rd

Carol Ratliff – 2nd

Pat Hill – 1st



Pat Hill – Petal, MS



Weekly meetings


Dixie School Historic Log Cabin

Dixie School Historic Log Cabin

We meet weekly at the Dixie School Log Cabin!

Located at the intersection of Elks Lake Road and Dixie Barn Road.  

     725 Elks Lake Road 

Hattiesburg, MS 39401

Tuesday evenings at 6:00 pm with instructional time and a Jam session at 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm.

Karen Mims -   or   Beth Johnson -

Beginner to advanced players, all welcomed.