Joe Collins Workshop Photos

Our Joe Collins Dulcimer Workshop

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Tinkling Spring Presbyterian Church

We had a great day Saturday, enjoying three workshops with Joe, sharing our bag lunches in the Fellowship Hall or out in the sunny weather by the Tinkling Spring. We enjoyed our evening meal supplied by club members and the visiting time it provided us.

This before-supper photo included only those who stayed for supper.  Somehow the day (and attendees!) slipped away before we snapped a photo will all our club members who were there!  We’ll have to do better next workshop!




The 6:00 pm Evening Concert by Joe Collins was a delight and enjoyed by a good sized group!  Thanks to all who came, participated and shared!

Joe Collins was winner of the National Mountain Dulcimer Championship in 2007 in Winfield, KS, in addition to numerous other awards! Over the past twenty years, he has had the opportunity to teach and play in festivals from California to the east coast, from Florida to Vermont, and a lot of places in between.   His performances are sprinkled with a lot of humor and some excellent mountain dulcimer playing – sure to bring a smile to audiences of all ages.

Photos from our Dec. 16 Concert

Enjoy these photos and audio clips of our December 16 Holiday Concert at the Fishersville Library!


Cville Group

This is a sound clip from the concert:

Members of the BRMDP Club shared seasonal music at the Augusta County Public Library in Fishersville  on December 16, 2017.

concluding with a SING-A-LONG

Those sharing music included:

SWEET STRING SISTERS – from the Waynesboro area
DULCE, CHARLOTTESVILLE DULCIMER CIRCLE – from the Charlottesville area
MARYLOUISE’S FINGERPICKING GROUP – primarily the Shenandoah Valley from Bridgewater to Greenville
DINAH’S BRIDGEWATER GROUP – this will be the “sing-a-long” group and last group to perform before a final invitation for all dulcimers players to join in playing/singing WE WISH YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS.

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!)

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!