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  • See Posts section below for the latest news, activities that might be of interest even though not featuring hammered dulcimer, and general music-related tidbits.  The detailed information that had been placed on the Concerts, Workshops and Classes pages are being transitioned over to this page's Posts, to be completed by the end of the year.
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  • Hammered dulcimer and plein air painting camp in Ireland, June 11-20, 2015, see more information on the Classes/Workshops page.

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  • Donation to Fairfax Library Foundation.  The Fairfax libraries have offered us very nice space for our jams at no cost for many years.  In 2013 we collected donations totaling $80 to send to this Foundation which provides assistance to the libraries.  Thanks to all those who contributed.  If you missed this opportunity, you may donate directly to them using the choices on their website,  See their thank you letter.
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  • Web Site Updates: Notification by Email.  A list has been developed of musicians and listeners who want to be emailed when the site is updated each month.  To get your name on the list, send an email to Hilary with the subject of "Add Me for HD email."  Use the subject "Remove Me from HD email list" to be taken off.  REMINDER:  If you were on the list, but Hilary's email to you bounces, you'll have to resubmit your email address as she then has no way to contact you!
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New CD from Maggie's Music

posted by Eleanor Holsopple   [ updated ]

Maggie’ Music announces Cold Frosty Morn at West River ( Maggie Sansone, Andrea Hoag, Sharon Knowles and Patrick Egan) -  a new CD for fall/holiday season 2015 and concerts..

Celebrate new CD- ,visit the website: hear audio samples too: /

Workshops with Maggie Sansone (Annapolis, MD)

posted by Eleanor Holsopple

Karen Ashbrook at World Cimbalom Congress

posted May 26, 2015, 8:18 PM by Eleanor Holsopple   [ updated ]

Here I am playing it at the World Cimbalom Congress in Taipei, Taiwan in October 2013:
Happy hammering!
Karen Ashbrook

Maggie Music - Artists - Performance Schedule

posted May 10, 2015, 9:25 AM by Eleanor Holsopple   [ updated ]

For all Maggie's Music Artists Performance Schedules, click on the Calendar Link below:

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posted May 9, 2015, 9:01 PM by Eleanor Holsopple

You will need an RSS feed reader to receive them when you subscribe to Posts (see above).  Insert this URL in your reader:  This will enable you to keep current on concerts and classes offered by your favorite local HD players as I post the notices they send to me.  Ellie

News from Jody Marshall

posted Apr 7, 2015, 6:56 PM by Eleanor Holsopple   [ updated ]

Join Jody on the last Sunday of each month as she plays for the Celtic Communion service at Trinity United Methodist Church in McLean, Va. This meditative service is a relaxing way to end the busy weekend and get in a peaceful state of mind for the coming week. Service starts at 6:00 pm and is held in the chapel at Trinity Methodist, located at 1205 Dolley Madison Blvd. in McLean. All are welcome! 

Classes and Concert - Karen Ashbrook

posted Apr 6, 2015, 2:53 PM by Eleanor Holsopple   [ updated ]

None currently scheduled.  Karen may still be abroad.

Performance Schedule: Ken Kolodner

posted Feb 10, 2015, 9:38 PM by Eleanor Holsopple   [ updated ]

Local Performance and Workshop Schedule:

Fri, Aug 28, 2015: Alexandria, VA 

Ken & Brad with Alex Lacquement in Concert, Grist Mill Park, 4710 Mt. Vernon Memorial Highway, 7:30-8:30 p.m.  

Sept-Oct Annual Sandbridge Retreat -- See separate 

Post below.

The 11th Annual Sandbridge Hammered Dulcimer Retreat - Ken Kolodner

posted Nov 24, 2014, 7:56 PM by Eleanor Holsopple   [ updated May 10, 2015, 9:44 AM ]

See for more concerts etc.

Sep 20-26, 2015: Sandbridge, VA 

WEEK #1 The 11th Annual Sandbridge Hammered Dulcimer Retreat. A private weeklong workshop primarily for intermediate level players in Sandbridge Beach, VA.  Maximum of 18 players per week. Last year, we had 54 players from 23 states (and Canada, Russia) attend over the three weeks. The environment is super relaxed and supportive. The workshops are held in a very large 12 bedroom beach house overlooking the Atlantic Ocean in the very quiet town of Sandbridge, which is a few miles south of Virginia Beach, VA.  Participants stay either in very nice private or shared rooms (mostly private) in either the main house or in a nearby five bedroom house. Lots of seafood, instruction, jamming, dolphins, hot-tub, pool, beach and fun! Ken approves all participants. Spouses/guests welcome. Contact Ken at 410-746-8387, For full details, see

Sep 27-Oct 3, 2015: Sandbridge, VA 
WEEK #2 The 11th Annual Sandbridge Hammered Dulcimer Retreat for Intermediate and Advanced Players at the beach. This is the same as week #1 but the level is higher.

Oct 4-10, 2015: Sandbridge, VA 
WEEK #3 The 11th Annual Sandbridge Hammered Dulcimer Retreat for Advanced Players at the beach. This is the same as week #1 and #2 but the level is very high! We move fast!!

Soldier's Joy: An American Classic

posted Jan 31, 2014, 3:14 PM by Eleanor Holsopple

Library of Congress blog <>
> 01/16/2014 06:24 PM EST
> "Soldier's Joy" is one of our favorite fiddle tunes, and one of the oldest  and most widely distributed tunes in the English-speaking world. There are 
> numerous renditions of this piece located throughout Library of Congress  collections, many of which are online.  Let?s take a brief tour of this
> American classic."Soldier's Joy"  appeared in late eighteenth-century  sheet . . .
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