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Read the KA/PO (mostly Karen this time) newest newsletter from July 31st HERE.


Click HERE to watch the wonderful video by Wide Angle Productions for the Maryland State Arts Council about my Maryland Traditions grant working with Chao Tian as an apprentice on the hammered dulcimer.

Chao and Karen will be performing at the 81st National Folk Festival in Salisbury, MD.  The festival runs from August 26-28 throughout the town.  They'll be on the Maryland Traditions Folklife Stage midday Sat. Read about them HERE.

Photo credit Human Being Productions. @ Maryland State Arts Council





Karen will teach at the virtual Redwood Dulcimer Day, August 20 (Pacific time!)

For Paul Oorts' schedule of numerous dances and dance camps, visit his website.


Dulcimer With Heart (DWH)

Karen's new subscription lesson app and website, "Dulcimer with Heart," is up and running. Content includes monthly jams playing with KA/PO–Karen & Paul, web lessons (MANY more to come) of Irish repertoire, KA/PO sets, meditative music, and all kinds of dulcimer fundamentals!  She will host a "hang-out" at 3:30 Eastern on July 17th and the next KA/PO jam is Monday, August 22nd at 8:00 pm Eastern/New York. The August featured Tune-of-the-Month and set list are in the "Jam" course.



The 16th Cimbalom World Congress is meeting October 26-30 in Valašské Meziříčí, a beautiful town in the eastern part of the Czech Republic.  This is a gathering of hammered dulcimers from all around the world that meets every 2 years in a different country.  The last one was in Hefei, China in 2019.  Last year was missed because of the pandemic. Many countries have a version of the dulcimer that is used in both their classical and folk traditions and is often taught in conservatory. The registration forms will be available July 1st and are due by August 1st.  Details HERE or visit the CWA Facebook page. Karen will be one of the persons representing the USA.  

The Circle of Life

October 19, 2021

Life gives and life takes.  

I have felt that keenly recently.

Paddy Maloney, founder of the great Irish band The Chieftains, has passed.  A Chieftains recording, played by a substitute teacher in my music class in middle…

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