2023 Hammer Dulcimer Rendezvous (May 18-21)

Registration has filled up (again!) — let us know if you’d like to be on the waiting list in case of cancellations. Please contact Mick for information.

We’re happy to announce that Karen Ashbrook and Paul Oorts have agreed to return as Import Instructors to the Vous! West Coast stalwarts Simon Chrisman, Rick Fogel, Carl Thor and Jim Wells are on board, and Mick is going to lead a workshop or two.

The “2023 Registrants’ Update List” is in effect. If you have Registered and are not getting the numbered Missives, please check your junk folder and spam filter; you may need to add us to your contact list. And of course, check with Mick, as human error is always in his wheelhouse.

This year we are again asking all to “Test to Attend”, that is, take a Covid home test before leaving home. We employed this concept last year and managed to get several dozen folks together for four days without creating a super-spreader event!

The Hammer Dulcimer Rendezvous is an annual festival for students and aficionados of the hammer dulcimer.

Check this site for general notices, or better yet, get on our email update list. Updates go out a few times a year, usually just before and after the ‘Vous, and then again when Registration begins in the fall and winter months.

To get on our email update list, please contact Mick Doherty.

The event features workshops for hammer dulcimer players at all skill levels from beginning to advanced, as well as instructor concerts, panel discussions, jam sessions, an open mic concert, a chance to buy recorded music, instructional books and musical items from our instructors’ tables of wares, and a raffle of items donated by participants.

Hull Park features dorm rooms (2 twin beds per room), several discreet sound spaces for workshops and jams, a professional kitchen (and staff!) as well as a newly constructed shower facility. On-site RV parking (no hook-ups), car camping and tent camping (lots of good lawns, and on a clear day, a view of Mount Hood), as well as nearby hotels are further lodging options for registrants.

Pete Ballerstedt is our noble founder, and maintainer of a Facebook page where you can see photos and hear some folks playing at previous Rendezvous.

Mick Doherty

On March 24, 2020, as something for folks to play around with while dealing with coronavirus isolation, Mick recorded a two handed version of Southwind.   You can find the video and the notation here.