Announcements and POSTS

  • See Posts section below for the latest news, upcoming concerts and classes, activities that might be of interest, and general music-related tidbits.  Additional links and information are on the Concerts, Workshops and Classes pages.
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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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  • O’Neill’s Irish Dance Music Book.  Here is an Index to O'Neill's.  You can download the whole thing (do read how it was compiled from abc notation) at if you want it.  Might be useful to have handy for reference on your mobile device.
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Lucille Reilly Dulcimer Concert & Workshop

posted Jun 1, 2016, 3:48 PM by Eleanor Holsopple   [ updated Jun 1, 2016, 3:48 PM ]

Hosted by the Brandywine Dulcimer Fellowship through a generous bequest from Mary Elizabeth (Bettie) Scott
CONCERT (Hammered Dulcimer, Diatonic Autoharp, and a bit of Mountain Dulcimer):  
·         DATE:  Friday, June 17, 2016
·         TIME:  7:30 p.m.
·         PLACE:  Hockessin Friends Meetinghouse (
1501 Old Wilmington Road, HockessinDelaware
·         COST:  Free
·         DATE:  Saturday, June 18, 2016
·         TIME:  10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (See below for specific workshop titles, descriptions, and schedule)
·         PLACE:  Same location as for the concert, above
·         COST:  Free.  However, due to space limitations, anyone wishing to participate in one or more workshops MUST REGISTER IN ADVANCE by contacting Bill Collins at  Workshop participants will be accepted on a first-to-register basis.     
“How to Strike Out and Win!”  (Hammered Dulcimer Workshop:  Advanced beginner and up)  
10:00 a.m. to noon
Maybe you’ve played from Lucille’s book, maybe you haven’t, and maybe you’ve heard about what’s in it.  What’s she talking about, and what’s in it for you?  Using a tune as a backdrop, you’ll discover the ease of playing with a strong-hand lead, strike the strings with magical resonance, maybe even try out a hammer hold that enhances resonance, and more.  Prepare to be amazed!  Bring your tuned hammered dulcimer, stand (and stool, if you need it), all the hammers you own, and a music stand.  NOTE: If you own more than one dulcimer stand, bring it; someone else may find it helpful.
“Intro to Making Music in Healthy Ways”  (for Mountain and Hammered Dulcimer players of all levels)
1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
When we move well, our music increases resonance, and we enjoy playing all the more.  In this workshop, we’ll look at how the body can move freely to make music easily.  There will also be time to play some music on your own to explore ideas further.  This workshop is for anyone who currently makes music with some discomfort or pain, and for those who feel fine and want to make sure they stay that way.  Bring your instrument of choice plus relevant accessories:  stand, stool, picks, noter, hammers, etc.; no music stand necessary.
“Simple Jamming by Ear”  (for Mountain Dulcimer players) 
2:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.
Jamming is about more than everyone playing the melody over and over; it’s also an opportunity to explore simple harmonies on the melody strings—without fingering chords—by following your ear, making the jamming experience more dynamic and fun!  We’ll harmonize familiar DAD tunes from the Brandywine Dulcimer Fellowship tune book:  Soldier’s Joy, Cripple Creek, Angeline the Baker, Over the Waterfall, and Little Liza Jane.  Please be able to play these tunes before we meet:  the tunes themselves will not be taught, only how to harmonize them.  Without clear melodies, our harmonies won’t make sense!  We’ll jam to as many of these tunes as we can.  Bring your dulcimer and any or all of these optional items as you have need:  noter, music stand and music to the tunes if you need it, though playing them from memory is helpful if you are able.

Roya at FSGW June 6

posted May 27, 2016, 2:36 PM by Eleanor Holsopple

Peat & Barley (Bill Mitchell)

posted Apr 17, 2016, 8:19 PM by Eleanor Holsopple   [ updated Jun 1, 2016, 3:51 PM ]

Here is our schedule of upcoming events where you can enjoy our music. We hope to see you there!

You can find our full performance schedule at

Dulcimer For Sale

posted Apr 8, 2016, 1:13 PM by Eleanor Holsopple

Note that the For Sale or Wanted page on this website has been updated to post an extended range Rizzetta dulcimer for Maddie MacNeil.

Schedule for Martin Family Band

posted Mar 17, 2016, 1:43 PM by Eleanor Holsopple   [ updated Jun 1, 2016, 3:54 PM ]

June 4th  - Washington Folk Festival -  Details forthcoming  I asked for Saturday, will confirm time and date. 
July 9-10th  - Common Ground on the Hill Roots Festival - Details forthcoming  I asked for Saturday, will confirm time and date 
September - OPEN -   Mount Vernon -  Colonial Market & Fair 17 & 18th 
December - Candlelight Mount Vernon 
21909 Ruby Drive, Boyds, MD 20841, (301) 540-2092

Jody Marshall

posted Feb 11, 2016, 8:05 AM by Eleanor Holsopple   [ updated Jun 1, 2016, 3:58 PM ]

Maggie Sansone - Annapolis

posted Feb 10, 2016, 11:49 AM by Eleanor Holsopple   [ updated Jun 1, 2016, 3:58 PM ]

Visit the website to browse all of the CDs
Order online or call her office at 410-867-0642
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, 10am - 3pm.

See 2016 Spring Classes offered at the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts -

California Dreamin' Music & Painting!, August 7-15

posted Feb 10, 2016, 11:40 AM by Eleanor Holsopple

Plein Air Painter and hammered dulcimist, Jeanean Songco Martin and myself are again teaming up to run a week-long "Painting & Music Camp". Ireland was our destination in 2013 and 2015 (and again in 2017!) but this time we're headed west- "California Dreamin' and Old World Jam" in Pismo Beach, California, August 7-15.  We've brought Paul Oorts on board to teach a mixed instrument class, as well as my hammered dulcimer class, while the painters go out daily to various beautiful spots along the coast!  
The music classes will be working on the same fun bal folk repertoire (think French bourrees, mazurkas, polkas, Spanish Muiñeiras and more!) so we will have plenty of music to jam with when we're not in class, at the beach, hiking, sipping wine and resting!

Painters go here for details and check out Session II at:

Don't hesitate to contact me for more details.  Hope to see some of you in Pismo Beach!
Happy hammering, 
Karen Ashbrook

Traditions show - Mary Cliff

posted Feb 10, 2016, 11:35 AM by Eleanor Holsopple

For those of you who have listened to Mary's show, note that she is now broadcasting from an Arlington station, WERA-LP, FM 96.7, Saturdays 9 pm to midnight.  (per Folklore Society Feb. newsletter)

Spring Dulcimer classes with Karen Ashbrook

posted Jan 26, 2016, 7:39 PM by Eleanor Holsopple   [ updated Apr 20, 2016, 7:13 PM ]

Below is my Spring Hammered Dulcimer Group Class offerings.
COST: Each workshop is $55 for the day or $30 for a half day if paid in advance, $5 more if you pay the day of.  (April 9 all day only) See details below.

SCHEDULE: Set up and tuning time is 9:30-10:00 a.m.
Morning Sessions are 10:00 am to noon and focus on chords and accompaniment.  We break for a vegetarian potluck lunch and then have a 90 minute afternoon session working on an arrangement of the tune.  
In most cases it is recommended to learn the tune in advance.  Pdfs and sound files of music are available to participants in advance via Dropbox (preferred) or email.

May 14, Sat 10-noon and 1:00-2:30 (advanced beginner- intermediate)
Time for a lighthearted Galician waltz in G from Rosendo! 
This sweet 3 part tune has both descending and ascending chord progressions and melodies - perfect for harmonizing on the dulcimer!  No need to learn the tune in advance.
You can hear Berrogüetto play this live. It comes in as an instrumental break at 0:52 and 1:50

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