Latest News

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

 **********

Have you signed up for QuaranTUNE (QDF) 8.0 is October 6-9. There are many excellent workshops with spaces left. Registration deadline is Oct 1st.  $25.30 gets you a concert pass for all 5 concerts.  Karen & Paul will perform in the Friday night, Oct 8th concert. Tickets and schedule HERE.

Here are Karen's hammered dulcimer classes:

•For Level 1, A Hand Dexterity class with the popular Irish jig My Darling Asleep.
•For Level 2  Les Dragons and a simple Intro to the most common Modes.
•For both Levels 2 and 3, learn Gentle Accompaniment in 3/4, using the tune the Ashgrove. 
•Level 3, Learn basic Irish Ornamentation and variation with one of Karen's favorite jigs, called the Old Favourite.
Level 4 is a twisty Irish jig, the Orphan, which is a wonderful addition to your Irish repertoire.
•Level 4- The Manx air, "It's Time to Go Home", that features a sexy, slinky chord progression in A minor.
•Finally, Level 5, is a double period  examining scales as a basis of intros, outros and bridges, as well as harmonizing the beautiful Dave Wiesler Waltz "Hands of the Healer."

Paul's guitar classes can be found HERE.

 

 


 

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!  Details of when the next monthly Hangout and KA/PO Jam Session (with set list and featured Tune-Of-The-Month), are in those courses on the DWH site.

 

 **********

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…

Read more

Events

Date Event Location
 —  — QuarantTUNE (QDF) 8.0 Concerts online via Zoom online via Zoom
 — (EDT, UTC-04)  — (EDT, UTC-04) QDF Vendor Showcase online via Zoom online via Zoom
 —  — QuarantTUNE (QDF) 8.0 online via Zoom online via Zoom
(EDT, UTC-04) (EDT, UTC-04) Strathmore Mansion _ German Tea & Talk with KA/PO Strathmore Mansion, North Bethesda MD 20852 Strathmore Mansion, North Bethesda MD 20852
 —  — 16th Cimbalom World Congress Žerotín Castle, Vallašske Mežirici, Czech Republic, 757 01 Valašské Meziříčí, Czech Republic Žerotín Castle, Vallašske Mežirici, Czech Republic, 757 01 Valašské Meziříčí, Czech Republic
Spirit First Meditation online via Zoom online via Zoom
(EST, UTC-05) (EST, UTC-05) Strathmore Mansion- Old World Christmas Tea Strathmore Mansion, North Bethesda MD 20852 Strathmore Mansion, North Bethesda MD 20852
(EST, UTC-05) (EST, UTC-05) KAPOSC- Old World Christmas Concert & Fundraiser St Andrew's Episcopal Church, Burke, VA 22015 St Andrew's Episcopal Church, Burke, VA 22015

Our biggest canine fan, Skipper, watches KA/PO in a QDF Zoom Concert!

You are visitor number: 8450