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Upcoming Events

Saturday, July 13, 2024

Second Saturday Clinic with Bing Futch
Folkcraft Instruments Concert Hall
Woodburn, Indiana

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Join in the fun with Bing Futch on this special Second Saturday Clinic hosted by Folkcraft Instruments. We'll have a jam at 10:00, followed by a clinic starting at noon. We'll take a lunch break around 1:00, and resume the clinic after eating.bing futch clinic

The clinic is "hands-on" - bring your mountain dulcimer!

After we wrap up the class at about 4:00, you'll be serenaded with a 30-minute performance by our esteemed instructor.

The class size for this clinic is limited, so we do require pre-registration.

Please register here.

Thursday, July 18, 2024 - Sunday, July 20, 2024

ODPC Funfest
Osceola County Fairgrounds
Evart, Michigan

This is one of the larger festivals around - lots and lots of hammered dulcimer, mountain dulcimer, fiddle, banjo, whistle and all kinds of other traditional acoustic instruments.

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Folkcraft will be vending (look in the lower-level barn for the display of instruments!), and Folkcraft owner Richard Ash will be on hand providing all kinds of expert luthier work - repair, maintenance, addition of frets - on mountain dulcimers from nearly all makers.

EvartDulcimerFest.org 

Saturday, August 10, 2024

Second Saturday Clinic with Dave Haas
Folkcraft Instruments Concert Hall
Woodburn, Indiana

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Join in the fun with Dave Haas on this special Second Saturday Clinic hosted by Folkcraft Instruments. We'll have a jam at 10:00, followed by a clinic starting at noon. We'll take a lunch break around 1:00, and resume the clinic after eating.

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The clinic is "hands-on" - bring your mountain dulcimer!

After we wrap up the class at about 4:00, you'll be serenaded with a 30-minute performance by our esteemed instructor.

The class size for this clinic is limited, so we do require pre-registration.

Please register here.

Saturday, August 17, 2024

Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation
705 E State St.
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46805

From 9:30 until noon, Richard will be teaching an "intro to ukulele" class. He's been doing this class several times a year for over ten years, and really, who doesn't like the ukulele?

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Sign up at FortWayneParks.org.

Saturday, September 14, 2024

Second Saturday Clinic with John and Karen Keane
Folkcraft Instruments Concert Hall
Woodburn, Indiana

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Join in the fun with the Keanes on this special Second Saturday Clinic hosted by Folkcraft Instruments. We'll have a jam at 10:00, followed by a clinic starting at noon. We'll take a lunch break around 1:00, and resume the clinic after eating.

Keane photo


The clinic is "hands-on" - bring your mountain dulcimer!

After we wrap up the class at about 4:00, you'll be serenaded with a 30-minute performance by our esteemed instructors.

The class size for this clinic is limited, so we do require pre-registration.

Please register here.

Saturday, October 12, 2024 - October 17, 2024

Black Mountain Music Fest
YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly
Black Mountain, North Carolina

This is one of the premier festivals around - just a handful of years old, and already revered by millions. Well, thousands anyway. Highly recommended. Great leadership, great venue, great instructors.

Folkcraft will be vending, and Richard Ash (from Folkcraft) will be one of the instructors. And of course, if you need some work done on your instruments, Richard will be there with his full tool kit, ready to help out. See you there!

BlackMountainMusicFest.com

Saturday, October 26, 2024

Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation
705 E State St.
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46805

From 9:30 until noon, Richard will be teaching an "intro to ukulele" class. He's been doing this class several times a year for over ten years, and really, who doesn't like the ukulele?

fort wayne parks and recreation logo

Sign up at FortWayneParks.org.

February 14, 2025 - February 16, 2025

Dayton Dulcimer Doins
Spiritual Center Of Maria Stein
Maria Stein, Ohio

Here's a nice festival for Y'all to visit - the Dayton Dulcimer Doins. This event is over 40 years old, and going strong. Held in the town of Maria Stein, Ohio, this residential festival (lodging on site!) is one you should definitely visit.

Folkcraft will be vending, and Richard will be dulcimer doctoring on the 15th (Saturday). Details here:

Doins Festival link

February 22, 2025 - March 1, 2025

Castaway Music Cruise, 2025 Edition
Location? All over the Caribbean

Castaway Music Cruise

 

How would you feel about spending some time on a beautiful cruise ship (Norwegian Cruise Lines, Epic) in the dead of winter, taking dulcimer classes with some new dulcimer friends, visiting interesting ports (St. Thomas, Bahamas, etc.), and generally having a great time? 

As an extension of the Florida Gulf Coast Dulcimer Retreat, we've been doing this dulcimer cruise for years and years. Next year (our 11th anniversary) we're putting the land portion of the Retreat on hold, and we're putting on a special 7-night cruise, departing from Port Canaveral, Florida on February 22, 2025, and returning to Port Canaveral on March 1, 2025. 

Instructors? Bing Futch, Guy George, Sharrie George, and Folkcraft's very own Richard Ash. Bing will be teaching mountain dulcimer and Native American flute, Guy will be teaching steel drum and pennywhistle, Sharrie will be teaching ukulele, and Richard will be teaching mountain dulcimer.

The cost to register for the music/instruction portion of this cruise is $299, and the current cap on attendance is set at 30 guests. We're hoping this cap will be raised a bit as we negotiate for more space (bigger conference room!) with the cruise line.

Registration for music/instruction is open now at at CastawayMusicCruise.com, and the music/instruction cost is separate from the cost of the cruise itself, which is payable directly to Norwegian Cruise Lines.

You'll find details posted here:

CastawayMusicCruise.com

And here's the latest promotional video, which'll give your brain a few thoughts on "what to expect":

June, 2024 Promo Video