May 18-21, 2023 Hammer Dulcimer Rendezvous — Registration has begun, and we have a couple spots left. 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!

After a few rough years during this dang pandemic, we’ve decided to do the Registration in the actual year of the event! We’ll notify everyone on our “Update List” when Registration begins, and will post it on this site.

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.