Bill Collin’s Thank You

Bill Collins has shared a very special Thank You note with the Blue Ridge Mountain Dulcimer Players – a song dedicated to our club, and named for the club president!

Download “The Lineweaver Jig” by Bill Collins (version 3!) and bring it to the next jam!

He wrote “Thanks for providing a terrific venue, collated copies of handouts, and more than generous remuneration for my workshops and concert work.  I cannot overstate how much I appreciate the warmth of my reception.

You have a wonderful group of club members; I so enjoyed getting reacquainted with folks I had encountered at various Crooked Roads and meeting other members for the first time.  Each and every one made this a very special event for me.”
Bill wrote this jig upon his return home, using a teaching technique of David Schnaufer’s.  Take a look at the first two measures to see if YOU can figure out the origin of this tune!  Download “The Lineweaver Jig” by Bill Collins.Download “The Lineweaver Jig” by Bill Collins (version 2!)

Ferrum’s Crooked Road Dulcimer Festival Photos

Again, Ferrum College’s Crooked Road Dulcimer Festival was a wonderful weekend,   May 25 – May 28.  There were many familiar faces, and a goodly number of new folks, too.  What wonderful workshop leaders!

More photos from Ferrum’s FlickR page can be accessed from a link here:

Our club members who were able to attend

Information  about future Crooked Road Festivals can be found on the site:

Photos from 2017 Crooked Road Festival are here:

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January 6, 2018 Concert by Atwater and Donnelly


The Concert will not be taking place onSaturday, January 6, 6:30 p.m.

Atwater and Donnelly are unable to travel from Rhode Island due to the Winter Storm Grayson white-out condtions on their area today.

The award-winning husband-wife duo Aubrey Atwater and Elwood Donnelly will return to Bridgewater to offer a unique Breaking Up Christmas Concert. In Southern Appalachian tradition, the Twelve Days of Christmas end on January 6, in an evening of music and celebration. The tune “Breaking Up Christmas” will be shared, as well as traditional American and Celtic folk music and dance, and original songs and poetry. Their concert was enthusiastically received when they performed in September 2014, and we’re delighted they are coming back on the traditional “Breaking-Up Christmas” date.

The highly praised husband-wife duo blends gorgeous and unusual harmonies and play guitar, Appalachian mountain dulcimer, mandolin, tin whistle, harmonica, banjo, bones, spoons, limberjacks, and other surprises including Appalachian clog dancing, French Canadian footwork, and Tap. Their performance of a capella pieces, old-time gospel songs, dance tunes, and original works is appealing to all ages, and with humor, audience participation, and a relaxed stage presence, Aubrey and Elwood explain song origins to create a deeper understanding of the music and its cultural history.

Our whole Village is invited to celebrate the Twelfth Day of Christmas by coming to Mack A for their 6:30 p.m. performance. Doors open at 6:00. Free will donations will be accepted.


January 6, 2018 Workshop – Atwater-Donnelly

Atwater Donnelly

FIRST WORKSHOP – Select ONE only for this time slot

Location: Apartment ____, Maple Terrace
AUBREY ATWATER will provide instruction, demonstration, and important tips for beginning flat-pickers on alternating the direction of the flat pick. Requirement: Comfort playing fiddle-tunes. Note: Class size limited to ten due to space accommodations. Register as early as possible.

Location: Alexander Mack A, Maple Terrace
ELWOOD DONNELLY will teach basic chords for each mode, how to strum and sing at the same time.

SECOND WORKSHOP – Select ONE only for this time slot

11:30 – 1:00 – PLAYING BY EAR
Location: TBA in Maple Terrace
AUBREY ATWATER will show the traditional way to work out melodies and harmonies. This “playing by ear” helps train the ear as the player takes on a different relationship to the dulcimer.

Location:  Alexander Mack A, Maple Terrace
ELWOOD DONNELLY will teach a variety of gospel songs he has collected from various sources, using simple chord progressions that can be adapted to many instruments. It is helpful to know basic chords.  Gospel Sing-a-Long, Play-a-Long will be in D-A-DD tuning and the songs will come from Elwood’s Carter Family songbook, Such Singing You Will Hear.

1:00 – 2:30 – LUNCH –
• Custer Dining Room (serves until 2 pm) – menu (cash only – no credit cards)
• Stevens Café: salads, sandwiches, grill items, drinks (cash only, no credit cards)
• On your own: there are several restaurants available in the Bridgewater area, or bring a packed lunch

THIRD WORKSHOP – only one workshop is offered in this slot

2:30 – 4:00 – IRISH MUSIC IN AMERICA –
Location: Alexander Mack A, Maple Terrace
AUBREY ATWATER and ELWOOD DONNELLY will present a workshop showcasing the lasting impact of Irish music to both the Appalachian Mountains and the nation at-large.

Registration information will be mailed to members.

  • The award-winning duo Atwater~Donnelly will offer a unique Breaking Up Christmas Concert.

    The highly praised husband-wife duo blends gorgeous vocals with an astounding array of instruments including the mountain dulcimer, old-time banjo, tin whistle, guitar, mandolin, harmonica, limberjacks, feet and more.

    This free community concert is sponsored by the Blue Ridge Mountain Dulcimer Players Club. Doors open at 6:00. Share the love.


  • Atwater Donnelly

Library Thank You

We are so appreciative of the use of the Augusta County Library for our Third Saturday Jams each month!!  We were thankful also for the invitation to play Holiday Music at the Library this year in December.  We made a donation to the library at that occasion, and received this thank you from the library.

Thank You Note

Dec. 9 Holiday Concert Fishersville Library

Thanks to all who participated – AND to the library patrons who attended! It’s always great to hear songs other folks in our group are working on, and the wide range Christmas music included some we don’t hear very often!

Thanks, too, to Dinah Ansley for her leadership, and to Jim Plitt for sound support!




2016 Fall Picnic Photos

Our Club held a Fall Picnic and Showcase on October 15 at Grand Caverns Regional Park in Grottoes.

We gathered under the large picnic pavilion at 11.

More than a dozen of  our club members played  in groups of two, three, four, or more) – and we all enjoyed the chance to hear each other play.  Different modes, different keys, varying styles of music and of playing – what a treat!

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