2019 Lagniappe Fete

Join us for our 2019 Lagniappe Dulcimer Fete

“Dulcimer on the Delta”

March 7-10, 2019


Here are our featured performers:

Mountain Dulcimer

Margaret Wright –  Margaret needs no introduction.   She has been an integral part of our Fete since its inception almost 20 years ago.((Goodness, has it been that long?) Her easy to read dulcimer tab books and accompanying CD’s have helped many learn the joy of playing the mountain dulcimer.   Her special skill in helping beginners learn to play is legendary.

Sue Carpenter:   Sue has taught at our Fete on a number of occasions.  She is the 2005 National Champion and specializes in fingerpicking techniques.  She is known for her challenging workshops, but gentle patient teaching style.  She is the only person I have ever heard play Scott Joplin on the dulcimer.  Her skills as a performer are absolutely amazing.

John and Karen Keane:   John and Karen are both Louisiana folks making their home base in Shreveport, Louisiana.   They have taught at festivals across the country, including Kentucky Music Week and ODPC Funfest in Evart, Michigan.  They also co-host their own festival, ArkLaDulciFest in Benton, Arkansas with Linda Brockinton every June.Both John and Karen are of Native American Heritage and besides being great dulcimer instructors are also both music teachers with degrees from UL Monroe.   They also specialize in Native American Flute and are endorsing artists and dealers for Folkcraft instruments.   This is their first appearance at the Fete.

Dave Haas: Dave hails from Charleston, WV.  He has also taught previously at our Fete.   He is an accomplished musician with a number of instruction books and CD’s to his credit.  He has taught at quite a few dulcimer festivals and also has been an instructor at Kentucky Music Week.   He is a gentle teacher and students love his personality and playing skills.

Hammered Dulcimer

Matthew Dickerson:   Matthew was the 2012  National Champion in hammered dulcimer.    His light and fun style of playing has pleased audiences across the country for the past 11 years.   He resides in Aiken, South Carolina.  He too, has taught at numerous festivals and music weeks across the country and is in high demand as a performer and instructor.


Ann Norris:   Ann has been a regular teacher at Lagniappe.   She, too, is a champion of her instrument, having won the 2005 International Autoharp Competition in Winfield, Kansas.   She is the only player in the history of the competition to have won the championship on her first attempt.   She is an enthusiastic teacher and her clear, concise teaching style makes her a popular and successful instructor at many festivals.


Gina Forsyth:   Gina has been our fiddle instructor on two other occasions and wrote a special tribute to our festival called “Lagniappe Blues.”   She is a high energy performer and instructor and is known as one of the premier Cajun fiddlers in the country.  She also is an accomplished songwriter and guitarist.  She has is the longtime fiddler for Bruce Daigrepont’s Cajun Band and has taught fiddle at The Augusta Heritage Center and at the Dewey Balfa Creole and Cajun Heritage Week in Louisiana.  She also teaches private fiddle lessons.  A longtime resident of New Orleans, Gina now makes her home in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana.