Upper Potomac Dulcimer Fest
The Upper Potomac Dulcimer Fest was started in 1988 to gather some of the finest and most inventive players of the hammered dulcimer together to share ideas, techniques and repertoire and to teach new players on the instrument.
Now in it's 24th year, Upper Potomac often includes two hammered dulcimer festivals, and several other music weekends which attract a wide variety of musicians. Browse our web pages linked from here to find out about more about each of these special weekends. Located back in the heart of historic Shepherdstown at the Shepherd University Student center, the area churches and the War Memorial Building (aka Men's Club), the festival combines small town ambiance with convenient class sites..
Our Fall Dulcimer Fest is taking a break again this year, but in the past, had an "a la carte" class menu, offering a variety of short intensive workshops during a three day weekend.
This year, in its place, our Fall Fiddle Retreat offers a class on accompaniment of fiddle tunes and chords for dulcimer players to help them become more facile with playing with other instruments.
Our Spring Music Weekend offers four levels of dulcimer classes along with a variety of classes for other instruments often following a specific theme which changes each year. Past weekends have included a Civil War Theme, and music from England, Scotland, and Mexico. Students choose a single class for a total of 12 hours of instruction during the weekend.
This coming spring we are changing the format to offer two different experiences; a 3 hour Friday class and a 9 hour Saturday-Sunday class track to allow students to experience two different teachers and topics during the weekend. Students can choose to do all or part of the weekend.
Shepherdstown offers the festival a greater variety of food and lodging options than any other location. Blocks of rooms have been reserved at the Clarion ($95/room/night) and the Comfort Inn ($75/rm/night) for convenient access to our program events. Reserve early, these rooms fill fast!
Become part of the Upper Potomac community, browse all of our web sites and make plans to attend one or more of our events this year! All weekends have mixed instrument classes open to experienced players, but the spring and fall festivals have the strongest dulcimer content.