Ken Ellis Luthier
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We will be attending these festivals this year. Stop by our booth and try out our autoharps and kalimbas! Check back here often. We will be adding more festivals to our schedule soon.  Bill and Gloria Gaither’s Fall Fest Hometown Spectacular Two days of some great gospel music. 50 or so artisans and vendors. September 22-23, 2017 Alexandria, IN John C. Campbell Folk School Fall Festival Bluegrass, gospel, folk, and Celtic music; over 240 fine craft exhibitors and more than 40 artisans demonstrating traditional and contemporary crafts. Pony rides for the kids. October 7 and 8, 2017 Brasstown, NC Other Autoharp Festivals California Autoharp Gathering, Dunlap, CA A week of autoharp workshops and concerts with some of the top artists in the country. May 16-21, 2017 Seattle Autoharp Week, Seattle, WA (where else?) One week of intensive workshops for autoharp players September 24-30, 2017 Sore Fingers Summer School, Kingham, UK Intensive workshops for many folk instruments, including the autoharp. This year featuring Jo Ann Smith. April 17-21 Mountain Laurel Autoharp Gathering The largest autoharp gathering, attracting 200-300 people each year Five days of workshops, concerts with some of the top artists in the country, jams, and, of course: Home of the Mountain Laurel Autoharp Championship June 21-25, 2017 Newport, PA North West Autoharp Gathering, Gaston, OR Three days of autoharp workshops and concerts with some of the top artists in the country. July 27-30 Walnut Valley Festival Attracting up to 16,000 attendees. Heavily weighted towards bluegrass, but there is an autoharp contingent that shows up each year and gathers at the “Autoharp Junction” Four stages with practically continuous music all day, with additional venues for even more music, not to mention the jams. Home of the International Autoharp Contest, and contests for 7 other instruments September 13-17, 2017 Winfield, KS Other Music Festivals  Cooper’s Glen Music Festival Acoustic music of all genres and dances both nights. February 3-4, 2017 Kalamazoo, MI Buckeye Dulcimer Festival Mostly mountain and hammer dulcimer workshops, but Phyllis Davis offers an extended beginner’s autoharp class if enough people sign up for it. This year there will also be an intermediate-level autoharp workshop with Heidi Cerrigione and an extended multi-instrument workshop on playing in a band. March 8-12, 2017 Ashley, OH Appalachian Festival Bluegrass, gospel, roots music, and big band jazz. Clogging and Square Dancing, dozens of vendors selling traditional Appalacian craft items, Living History Demonstrators, and Storytelling. May 12-17, 2017 Cincinnati, Ohio River Roots Music and Folk Arts Festival Americana and roots music on the Ohio River May 18-20, 2017 Madison, IN Celery Flats Music Festival An afternoon of Bluegrass and Americana music in a natural setting Noon ‘til whenever Portage, MI Original Dulcimer Players Club FunFest A festival emphasizing hammer and mountain dulcimers, but players of all acoustic instruments are invited to add to the variety of sound. Workshops, concerts, and jams. July 13-16, 2017 Evart, MI Hungry Mother Festival The 44th annual Hungry Mother Festival brings together arts and crafts vendors, entertainment, live music, food, and family fun. All set in beautiful Hungry Mother State Park in Marion, Virginia. Entertainment includes live performances by bands and musicians in a variety of genres, workshops with master musicians, luthiers, et cetera, and animal demonstrations. Over 100 craft vendors. July 21-23, 2017 Marion, VA