Vol. 8 , No. 3May/June/July 2006

Glen Wilson
Sandy Conatser
Lee Rowe
Sandy Conatser

Song List
*Amazing Grace
*Angeline the Baker
*Back to the Farm
*Bile Them Cabbage Down
*Come Thy Fount
*Cumberland Gap
*Do Lord
*Eighth of January
*Fly Around My Pretty Little Miss
*Fred's Tune
*Give Me the Roses
*Gray Cat on a Tennessee Farm
*Greasy String
*I'll Be All Smiles Tonight
*June Apple
*Little Liza Jane
*Mississippi Sawyer
*Morning Has Broken
*Nothing But the Blood
*Old Joe Clark
*Pretty Betty Martin
*Rosin the Beau
*Ruben's Train
*Sally Ann
*She'll Be Comin'
Round the Mountain
*Soldiers Joy
*South Callaway Waltz
*Spanish Hymn
*Sugar Hill
*Tennessee Waltz
*This Land is Your Land
*Whiskey Before Breakfast
*Wildflowers Don't Care Where They Bloom
*Wildwood Flower
*Will the Circle Be Unbroken

Christmas Songs
*God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
*Joy to the World
*Silent Night
*Angels We Have Heard On High
*O Come All Ye Faithful
*The First Noel
*We Wish You a Merry Christmas
*Jingle Bells
*Christmastime Will Soon Be Over
*Good King Wenceslas

Resource Links

Dulcimer Players News
Augusta Heritage Ctr.
Digital Tradition
Dulcimer Theory
Knoxville Club
North Georgia Club
British Isles Music
Traditional Music
Wolf Collection
Dulcimer Tab Links

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The Grand Old Dulcimer Club closes out another Grand Old Dulcimer Day!!

Thoughts on Dulcimer Day
  • From Donna Tokarski - Having Martin Fisher come back this year with his Edison wax cylinder recorder was a neat experience for me. I had fun recording a song on it and listening to the playback through the stethoscope. Since I was assigned to assist him part of the afternoon, I got to witness others enjoyment and delight at the sounds coming from this old machine. Folks were intrigued! The highlight of it all was listening to Adie Gray and Joni Bishop record together on the Edison. Their voices blended beautifully and it was a treat to witness them as a duo.
  • From Judy Beier - Five-year-old Drew Kelly Benward really wanted to go to Dulcimer Day. As her grandmother who was planning to work the kids' area and play on the stage with the club, I knew it would be a very long day. To work out the logistics, she would spend the night at my house and go to Sunday School with me. After a quick lunch we would be off to Two Rivers Mansion to set up the Tradition Continues area. Drew assured me that she could hang out with Grammie for the entire time. Her parents said that they would come take her home if she couldn't make it. Drew helped clap, sing, and play the numbers as we taught "Boil 'em Cabbage" to the children (and a few adults, too). At one point in the day she fell asleep in my lap as I tried to strum during the Singalong. We were among the last to leave the mansion that day. Dismantling the stage intrigued us both. On the ride home, Drew held a dulcimer and strummed as she sat in her booster seat. I asked her what she liked best about Dulcimer Day. She said, "I didn't like anything best about Dulcimer Day. I liked everything about Dulcimer Day."
  • From Louise and Jerry Todd - Two highlights of our 3rd Grand Old Dulcimer Day: Visiting the display room of the collection of old dulcimers and watching David Schnaufer play his "antique" with a feather; he was so gracious and kind to answer questions and really impressed a little red-headed boy (and us) by remembering him from last year. Also, watching the ease and grace of our player/builder friend, Ray Hunley, who has a very unique style of playing. By the way, Ray just turned 80 this month and is still going strong building and playing! It was a wonderful day, even with the raindrops!

Thanks to Lee Rowe for these outstanding photos from Dulcimer Day!

Tradition Continues again as the Monday Nighters open the main stage of Grand Old Dulcimer Day with their wonderful music! The Monday Nighters have opened each Grand Old Dulcimer Day!! Priscilla, Wanda and Glen's "Wabash Cannonball" had us all looking for the train...complete with whistle!!

The main stage welcomed the Cheatham Country group this year!
Many people learned about dulcimer building. Bet we inspired some new builders!! Thanks to Flem Smith for coordinating. The exhibit looked great under one of our
new club tents!!

The mansion was filled with history again as visitors enjoyed the historic dulcimer display. Thanks to David and Zada for turning the parlor into a museum-quality exhibit!

Hope you had banana pudding and a burger
from Houston's Meat and Produce! They joined us this
year as our food vendor and we hope they
come back every year!

Young music fans got a sample of the way music was recorded 100 years ago when they visited Martin Fisher's Edison cylinder recorder demonstration. In the video room next door, they were also able to hear the club's wax recording of "Gray Cat on a Tennessee Farm." Where else but Dulcimer Day?!?!?!?

Judy Beier welcomed all young strummers at the Tradition Continues stage.

Club members work hard at Dulcimer Day,
but sometimes we may have a minute to sit and listen!!

Sarah Elisabeth and David treated everyone in the history exhibit to the special sounds of a West Tennessee courting dulcimer from the late 1800's.

CD's, books, and Hatch Show Prints were some of the things visitors could take home to remember the day. Thanks to Carolyn, MJ, and Ardith for such a great job!!

What's the greatest thing about Dulcimer Day? Spending time with special friends of course!!!!!

Ray Hunley celebrated his 80th birthday not too long after Dulcimer Day. Ray is a great player and builder who really understands the meaning of tradition continues.

What's Going On in Our Dulcimer World?
  • From Donna Tokarski - I had the experience of recording one of my own songs at Nashville Community College's recording studio. I had the honor of David Schnaufer accompanying me and adding the sound of the Tennessee Music Box. I couldn't have done it without his expertise. I am attending some classes in their music technology department and was able to take advantage of the recording opportunity and experience.
  • From Kaye Peliter -I had a wonderful time at Uncle Dave Macon days! Planned on going on Friday, which I did and had so much fun I went back Saturday. We sat on the porch of the museum and enjoyed great songs and new friends. This is a festival that everyone should try and go to and take the family!
  • From Nancy Seifert - I think this was the best year ever for Kentucky Music Week. Thanks to Nancy Barker and all her helpers and teachers that made it that way. Each day there were five possible classes in the schedule. You could take one or more classes depending on your interests. There were classes for beginners, intermediates, and advanced players in mountain dulcimer, hammered dulcimer, banjo, autoharp, guitar, banjo, bowed psaltery, Native American flute and other folk instruments. Also there were folk art classes of basket weaving, stained glass making, loom weaving, and gourd decorating. Evening activities are always a big part. Monday and Tuesday features instructor/staff concerts. Wednesday is a free evening; Thursday features a cake walk where each instructor decorates a cake. Friday evening featured an open mic for students to show what they learned that week. Of course there is plenty of time throughout the week for practice, socializing and especially for impromptu jams anywhere and everywhere. There is also plenty of time for one-on-one instruction outside of class. A few people even find time to sleep. It is scheduled again next year for the last week in June, 2007. If you'd like to see pictures that give a good representation of the week, paste the following link into your browser http://www.strothers.com/Festivals/kmwpics06.htm.

Club News!!
  • The Grand Old Dulcimer Club sends best wishes and good musical vibrations to David Schnaufer as he continues to address health problems which have kept him from recent club meetings. He is doing well, sends his thanks for all of the cards and notes, and is looking forward to seeing us again soon and working on some new tunes. If you want to send personal wishes to David, address them to David Schnaufer, 9 Music Square South, Suite 135, Nashville, TN 37203.
  • Glen has found a great website for Ozark Folksongs. Check it out at www.lyon.edu/wolfcollection There's also a permanent link in the Resources section on the left side of the newsletter.
  • Click Here for a list of websites that have free dulcimer tablature. Thanks to Freddy Brown for sharing his list. It will remain on all of the newsletters as a link in the Resources section on the left side of the newsletter. If you have a site to add, please email the newsletter editor. If you have other sites that can be added to the Resources list, email them to the newsletter editor (use the link at end of newsletter).
  • The Dulcimer Dandies played for the Metro Nashville Educators Association retired teachers' meeting. Glen got a laugh from the group when he told them that they had 3 retired teachers in the group (Judy Beier, Mary Lawrence Breinig, and Billy Davis) and that it was tough trying to lead a group with 3 teachers because they kept making him do it over and over until they got it right!!!
  • Nancy Seifert, Judy Beier, and Nannette Martin were among the attendees at Stephen Seifert's beginner and intermediate workshops held in June at the Renaissance Center. Located in Dickson, Tennessee, the center hosts workshops for beginner, intermediate, and advanced players. This fall, the schedule includes separate workshops focusing on flat picking, finger picking and Christmas music. Steve will be teaching more workshops at the Renaissance Center in August and September. There are dates and descriptions of the workshops on the center's website, http://www.rcenter.org or you can call The Renaissance Center at 740-5533 to register or request their catalog.

Club Play Dates
  • Put a circle around Labor Day, September 4, on your calendar. That's the date for the Club's annual "Live Around the Lake" play out in Nashville's Centennial Park. We've been doing this for several years now and it just seems to be getting better and better each year. At this time we're expecting to play our club favorites from 2:00-3:30 at the north side of beautiful Lake Wautauga (That's the end farthest from West End Ave ). Mark your calendar and let's see you there! We'll send you a song list and final instructions later. We'll also be able to practice at the two August meetings!

Upcoming Events
  • Aug.10-13- Gateway Dulcimer Music Festival (Formerly the Great River Road Festival). Information at the club's website.
  • On August 25-26, 2006 Larry Conger and Linda Brockinton will offer a dulcimer duet/ensemble workshop at the Dixie Carter Performing Arts Center in downtown Huntingdon, Tennessee. They are planning eight hours of instruction with a duet and ensemble emphasis. The weekend begins on Friday evening with a workshop, fellowship time, desert and jam session. It culminates with a concert on Saturday night in the beautiful Hal Holbrook Theater. Earlybirds may opt to schedule private instruction with either of the instructors during the day on Friday for an additional charge. If you would like more specific information about the event, its cost and the availability of accommodations in the area, you may Larry at ElaineConger@aol.com or send your request to Dulcimerican Music, PO Box 131, Paris, TN 38242-0131
  • Sept 1 - Elderhostel in Louisville, KY - Maureen Sellers, Susan Trump, June Goforth will be teaching - www.elderhostel.org/programs/search_res.asp?keyword=dulcimer
  • Sept 22, 23 - Old Capitol Traditional Music Festival, Corydon, Indiana - Kathy Weathers at 812-951-3042 - www.corydondulcimersociety.org
  • October 7 - The Three Rivers Dulcimer Club festival will be Saturday, October 7, 2006, one day only this year. It will be held at the Waverly Junior High School on East Main Street. More info later but get it on your calendar now!
  • Oct.18-21 - Dulcimer Chautauqua on the Wabash, New Harmony, IN, 1-800-782-8605 (Sherrie) for Reservations at the Inn A.S.A.P.
  • Nov. 10-12 - Knoxville Smokey Mtn Retreat, Contact Nancy Basford atjbasford@netstarcomm.net or 865-483-1121

Area Clubs
  • The Cheatham County club meets at the Simpkins Chapel United Methodist Church in Ashland City from 3-5 pm on the second Sunday of every month. Email Fred Miler for more info.
  • The Murfreesboro club meets on the first Sunday of each month from 2-4 at the Visitor's Center at Cannonsburg on Front Street in Murfreesboro. Contact Mary Nichols for more information.
  • The White House Dulcimer Players meet every Monday night at 6:30 at the Temple Baptist Church building on Marlin Road in White House. Contact persons are Chester Page (672-5736) or Sue Claiborne (325-0310).
  • The Duck River Dulcimer Club has been organized in Columbia. They meet on the 2nd Sunday (2-4 pm) and 4th Tuesday, (6:30-8:30 pm) of every month at Maury County Park. Contact Denise Gartin for information.
  • The Scottsville, Kentucky Club meets in the fellowship hall of the United Methodist Church on East Main Street in Scottsville from 7-9 p.m. on the first and third Fridays of each month. Email Freddy Brown or by phone. (270-237-3078)
  • News from 100 miles south! - Six players from the Athens Dulcimers, plus a bass and guitar player, had the privilege of playing a 30 minute opening to the Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver concert held at the Cullman Civic Center. We played ten old-time gospel tunes and the dulcimer was exposed to over 800 folks. We even found out that Doyle has a dulcimer!...Louise and Jerry Todd

Don't forget our Club Meetings!!

Third Sunday of each month
Two Rivers Mansion
2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

First Monday of each month
Belle Meade United Methodist Church
6:30-8:30 p.m.

The Grand Old Dulcimer Club meets on the third Sunday of each month at Two Rivers Mansion on McGavock Pike and on the first Monday of each month at Belle Meade United Methodist Church on Davidson Road. Players of all ages and abilities are welcome. Special attention is given to beginning musicians!

In partnership with Metro Parks, The Grand Old Dulcimer Club sponsors Grand Old Dulcimer Day each year in May at Two Rivers Mansion. Don't miss our NINTH annual Grand Old Dulcimer Day in May of 2007!

The club and its members perform at festivals and civic events and often take their music into special needs facilities such as hospitals, nursing homes, and other care facilities.

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