In Memory of Tom Scanlan

 In Memory of TOM SCANLAN, DULCIMER MAN by Dinah Ansley on behalf of the Blue Ridge Mountain Dulcimer Players Club ​ One day, about 15 years ago, two people took note of an instrument they heard played on the Blue Ridge Parkway.  The moment changed mountain dulcimer history in Central Virginia and beyond. ​   With extraordinary dedication and enthusiasm, Tom and Jan Scanlan became this area’s strongest … Continue reading In Memory of Tom Scanlan

Remembering Madeline MacNeil

We are saddened to hear of Madeline MacNeil’s passing. She is known as the “Mother of Modern Day Dulcimer” and shaped her career around playing dulcimer and accompanied by her lovely clear voice.Maddie was the founder and original publisher of DULCIMER PLAYER NEWS, a position she held for almost three decades. In the early years, the publication was assembled and mailed from her dining room … Continue reading Remembering Madeline MacNeil

Thanks to our secretaries!

The officers of the Blue Ridge Mountain Dulcimer Players Club extend our appreciation to Debbie Campbell for her service as Secretary of the Blue Ridge Mountain Dulcimer Player for slightly more than a year.  Each month Debbie sent out jam reminders, as well as club announcements.  With the increasing demand of caring for her family members, as well as her work requirements, Debbie feels she … Continue reading Thanks to our secretaries!

Retirement Communities & More

Music Memories: Familiar Music for those in Nursing Care, Memory Units and Retirement Villages In the dining rooms, the community rooms and gathering places of Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community, White Birch Retirement Home, Sunnyside Retirement Community, The Springs Retirement Community in Hot Springs, and Brookdale Senior Living, strains of familiar tunes and hymns are often heard. Tom and Jan Scanlan, have entertained in these venues … Continue reading Retirement Communities & More

Grand Caverns Annual Fall Picnic

For the past several years, we have gathered for a fall jam at Grand Caverns Park in Grottoes. We have shared good food as well as good music! After an unseasonably warm week, the day of our picnic dawned chilly and remained that way! We were thankful for Mike’s crockpot of macaroni (and his red velvet cake, too!), for Joan’s spectacular salad, the ham, snack … Continue reading Grand Caverns Annual Fall Picnic

Tull Glazener Workshop Photos

Tull Glazener’s Workshop, September 21, 2019 What a wonderful day – three multi-part workshops with Tull, ending with the class playing “Go in Peace” as the prelude to Tull’s evening concert. As always with our instructor concerts, it was a real treat! Thanks, Tull! “Sum of the Parts” – there’s something magic that happens when a like-minded group of musicians gets together to play.   The … Continue reading Tull Glazener Workshop Photos