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Memphis Dulcimer & Folk Gathering 2013

Our 9th Annual Festival!

September 20 & 21, 2013
Second Baptist Church
4680 Walnut Grove Road
Memphis, TN 38117

Instructor Concert
Friday, September 20 at 7:00 p.m.
Church Sanctuary
$10 per person

The Memphis Dulcimer & Folk Gathering seeks to provide the highest quality instruction in a warm and friendly atmosphere.  We encourage interaction among students and staff.  In order to retain the personal feel of the festival and to keep workshops small enough to enable individual attention and a non-threatening environment, registration is limited to 125 workshop participants.

Midday concerts are free and lunch ($8 per person per day) can be ordered without being registered for classes.  Admission to the Evening Instructor concert (Friday, September 21 at 7:00 p.m.) is $10 per person.

Your donations to MDG, Inc. are tax-deductible.  We are looking for sponsors for this year's festival.  If you or someone you know would like to make a tax-deductible donation and be listed in the program for the festival, please e-mail Lee or call 901-877-7763.  You may wish to honor someone or remember someone who has passed away with a donation of $10 or more.  These remembrances will also be listed in the festival program.

Many thanks to our SPONSORS FOR 2013:
Second Baptist Church 
Sherril Blair, Realtor, John Green Realtors
Jake's Cabin Dulcimers
McSpadden Dulcimers
Ilace and Ray Mears
Office Depot, Collierville
Betty Westmoreland, in honor of Buddy & Lisa Ingram
Danny and Tricia Autry
Kathy Day
Falcon Charters, LLC
Don Pedi, t-shirt design
Jess Dickinson, video and production
Caring Transitions

Please contact me if your are interested in sponsoring the festival or making an honorarium or memorial to someone.  All donations are tax deductible.


Two days of workshops -- jams -- demonstrations -- midday concerts -- open stage -- vendors --

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. each day. 
Workshops are held from 9:00 a.m.
until about 4:30 p.m. both days.
A hot lunch is available from the church
(must be reserved and paid in advance)
or you may bring your own lunch.
Open mic concerts and vendor times are held
during the lunch break.
There will be an instructor-led jam on Saturday afternoon
and a guest artist concert on Friday night at 7 p.m. ($10).

Click here for a schedule of workshop topics and descriptions.

Thanks to generous donations from Friends of the Gathering,

we will be showing a special screening of the

film Hearts of the Dulcimer
on Saturday, September 21 following lunch.

CLICK HERE for more information about

this special event.

Instructors for 2013

Rick Thum

Lee Cagle

Ilace Mears

Guy & Sharrie George

Joe Collins

Don Pedi

Doug Felt

Jess Dickinson

kasu designs
(jewelry by Kathy Hellweg)

Bob Magowan,
Dulcimer Doctor
Guy and Sharrie George

In addition, each of our instructors will
have a table of CDs and instructional
materials for sale.

Midday Concerts include**
Open Stage
Doug Felt
Harry Johnson and family, bones/bodhran
Side Street Steppers
Jess Dickinson
Hilary Rose and Daniel Fleck, mandolin & old time
Mulberry Jam
Randall McKinnon
Kevan Barley, guitar, banjo, autoharp

**performances & Mixed Bag Workshops
subject to change

Mixed Bag Workshops
Kevan Barley, guitar
Guy George, steel drum
Sharrie George, ukelele
Harry & Doug, bones & bodhran

Many thanks to Don Pedi for
designing this year's t-shirt.  Photo
for 2013 Gathering T-shirt
which can be pre-ordered
with your registration:



We will again have two instruments for our silent auction, a Traveler model hammered dulcimer from Jake's Cabin (designed by Rick Thum), and a mountain dulcimer from The Dulcimer Shoppe (McSpadden).  Many thanks to Jim Newman and to Jim and Betty Woods for their continued support of the Gathering.

Auction Rules:
Bidding starts at $150 and must be increased at increments of $5.

Bidding ends promptly at 1:00 p.m. CST on Saturday, September 21, 2013.

Payment must be made immediately by check or cash. If payment cannot be made, the bid will go to the next highest bidder who stands ready to pay with check or cash.


Jake’s Cabin Hammered Dulcimer — Traveler Model --- Value: $450.00

FEATURES: 14 treble 13 bass courses – solid spanish cedar top – solid hard-rock maple pin block – 5-ply birch plywood back – solid walnut end rails – color-coded tuning pins

SPECIFICATIONS: Bottom Rail: 35-3/4" – Top Rail: 17-1/4" – Side Rail: 17-1/4"
Height: 14-5/8" – String Spacing: 1-1/4" – Weight: 9lbs.

McSpadden Mountain Dulcimer --- Value: $445 -- Cherry back and sides, spruce top; four-string teardrop with flat peghead.


Advanced registration is by mail only with a check or money order
payable to Memphis Dulcimer Gathering.
Please mail to:
Memphis Dulcimer Gathering
PO Box 224
Moscow, TN 38057




** MDG, Inc., works hard to provide the finest in instruction and entertainment to participants at our festival.  We work with a small "to the penny" budget each year.  All money from festival proceeds goes directly to pay for the festival.  Therefore, we regret that we are not able to provide a refund should you be unable to attend.  However, because we are a federally recognized nonprofit corporation, we will happily provide you with a tax deduction letter for the amount of your registration should you be unable to attend.  Thank you for your understanding and support.

Cost of all events (workshops, vendor area, jams, midday concerts, Friday night concert)
 (excluding lunch) is
per person.

If paid by 9/6, cost is $85 per person (lunch is an additional $8 per day).

A one day pass is $50 per person.
Advanced registration for one day is helpful but not necessary.

Concert tickets are $10 per person.

Lunch is available with advance registration and payment by 9/6 at a cost of $8 per day. No lunches will be available on site without prior reservation. Lunch includes hot entree, salad, dessert, drink and gratuity.

To receive the discount price,
all pre-registrations
 must be postmarked by 9/6
 *** NO EXCEPTIONS!!!! ***

If you do not order lunch, you may still bring a sack lunch to join us for music and fellowship during the midday events.


HAMPTON INN Walnut Grove
33 Humphries Center Drive
Memphis, Tennessee 38120


This hotel is very convenient to
the Gathering.

$92 plus tax, includes full breakfast buffet

Open for reservation:  Currently

Deadline to reserve:  August 19, 2013

Make the reservation for the group rate for Memphis Dulcimer Gathering.

Hampton Inn is located at the corner of Walnut Grove and Humphries Blvd just east  of the Walnut Grove exit from I-240.  From the Inn, festival participants will travel west on Walnut Grove Road, and the church is located on the north side of Walnut Grove just a few miles from the hotel.

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