Ken Ellis Luthier
© Whippoorwill Acoustics LLC, 2015-2018
We will be attending several festivals in 2018. Stop by our booth and try out our autoharps and kalimbas! Ohio Valley Gathering, Lexington, KY An acoustic music festival featuring the Mountain and Hammered Dulcimer, blending with other traditional instruments and musical styles. Over 50 hours of classes each year for the hammered and mountain dulcimer, penny whistle, ukulele, banjo, banjammer, guitar, mandolin, folk percussion, bowed psaltery, and washtub bass. February 23-25, 2018 Buckeye Dulcimer Festival, Ashley, OH 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 Charles Whitmer and, as always, an extended multi-instrument workshop on playing in a band. March 7-11, 2018 Appalachian Festival, Cincinnati, Ohio 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 11-13, 2018 Mountain Laurel Autoharp Gathering, Newport, PA 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 20-24, 2018 Walnut Valley Festival, Winfield, KS 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. We will be providing a prize autoharp this year. Stop by our booth and try out our ‘harps! September 12-16, 2018 John C. Campbell Folk School Fall Festival, Brasstown, NC 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 6 and 7, 2018 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 15-20, 2018 Seattle Autoharp Week, Seattle, WA (where else?) One week of intensive workshops for autoharp players September 23-29, 2018 Sore Fingers Summer School, Kingham, UK Intensive workshops for many folk instruments, including the autoharp. April 2-7, 2018 North West Autoharp Gathering, Gaston, OR Three days of autoharp workshops and concerts with some of the top artists in the country. July 26-29, 2018 Other Music Festivals  Cooper’s Glen Music Festival, Kalamazoo, MI Acoustic music of all genres and dances both nights. Tom Paxton is hedlining the music this year. February 3, 2018 River Roots Music and Folk Arts Festival, Madison, IN Americana and roots music on the Ohio River June 8-9, 2018 Celery Flats Music Festival, Portage, MI An afternoon of Bluegrass and Americana music in a natural setting Noon ‘til whenever Original Dulcimer Players Club FunFest, Evart, MI 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 19-21, 2018 Hungry Mother Festival, Marion, VA 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 20-22, 2018  Bill and Gloria Gaither’s Fall Fest Hometown Spectacular, Alexandria, IN Two days of some great gospel music. 50 or so artisans and vendors. September 22-23, 2017