Blog Post Listing

This is a listing of the blog posts from the oldest to the newest

Welcome to our Lagniappe Dulcimer Society - Welcome to our Lagniappe Dulcimer Society blog on WordPress. Come back often to visit my musings about the mountain dulcimer and our clubs activities! Check
Not going to Mardi Gras? Join our “old tyme” fiddle jam - If you want to beat the Mardi Gras crowds this year, then think about joining our “old tyme” fiddle jam instead of heading to a
Dulcimer Dad and His Amazing Musical Instruments: You Rock, Quintin - With creativity and talent; the sky is the limit on playing a musical instrument. Quintin Stephens shows this with the traditional Appalachian dulcimer; taking it to another
“Let Me Call You Sweetheart,” A Sentimental Valentine’s Day Song - “Let Me Call You Sweetheart” is a sentimental song for Valentine’s Day. However, it can present a challenge for mountain dulcimer players. Most dulcimers are tuned to
Irish Lover’s Basket for the Dulcimer Player - Our Lagniappe Dulcimer Fete is just around the corner in a couple of weeks, March 12-14, 2015, at the Port Allen, LA, Community Center. Come
McSpadden Dulcimer for Raffle - Do you have too many mountain dulcimers? There’s always room for one more! 
Joyce Bedell – Louisiana Folk Artist and Dulcimer Player - Our Lagniappe Dulcimer Fete is in full swing with many talented performers and players in attendance. Some are multi-talented. Meet Joyce Bedell, Louisiana folk artist
West Baton Rouge Museum: Great Place for Dulcimer Workshops - What is Dan Delancey doing teaching a guitar class in a room full of aprons at a dulcimer festival? The West Baton Rouge Museum is perhaps
“Dulcimers for David”; That’s David Schnaufer - The smile on Henny’s face is because she just has received her first dulcimer, thanks to a very generous Debbie Porter, at the Lagniappe Dulcimer
The Courting Dulcimer and Romance - Millard and Larie Chaney celebrate their 11th wedding anniversary on May 29, 2015. I like to think that this courting dulcimer has had something to
Off They Go — to Cullowhee - Helen Bankston and Peggy Broussard will be traveling soon to the beautiful mountains of western North Carolina for the 16th Annual Dulcimer U Summer Week. Lucky
A Tribute to Jean Ritchie, Mountain Dulcimer Legend - Several weeks ago I was searching through my bookshelf and ran across some of Jean Ritchie’s music books. Upon opening one of the books,  I
Tuesday Nights at the Library and Tips for Playing the Dulcimer - Bonnie Guelfo, Children’s Librarian at Bluebonnet Library in Baton Rouge, observed that there are really no places in town to teach children how to play
The Littlest Dulcimer - Marie Williams, Lagniappe Dulcimer Society member, has several mountain dulcimers including standard, small, little and tiny. She’s holding the smallest, playable dulcimer I’ve ever seen. 
Meet Jane Wilson, Our 90-Year-Old Dulcimer Player - When Jane turned 90-years-old this past year, I couldn’t believe it. She’s active, sharp, witty; still sings and plays her dulcimer. She is a member
The Story of Two Walnut Dulcimers - Seeing double? These two walnut dulcimers are made from the same wood at the same time. One is a standard dulcimer and the other is a baritone;
Playing Duets on a Baritone Dulcimer - My new baritone dulcimer from McSpadden Dulcimers has provided a chance to try out playing several songs. Songs with a deep pitch such as Grandfather’s
15th Annual Lagniappe Dulcimer Fête – River Rat Strummers - Join the Lagniappe Dulcimer Society in March 2016 for our 15th Annual Dulcimer Festival. We have many activities planned around the theme of “River Rat Strummers.”
Silent Night’s Story; Sing and Play Dulcimer in the Key of G - The music to “Silent Night”, was composed at the last minute for a Christmas Eve Mass in 1818. However, the organ was broken. At the
Greensleeves on the Dulcimer: Carols for All Seasons - I look forward to the holiday season each December, especially the music. Christmas carols have been a part of my holiday tradition for as long as
Joe Besse is Jamin’ at Jean Lafitte National Historical Park - Longtime Lagniappe club dulcimer member, Joe Besse, is our “Cajun Dulcimer Ambassador.” He lives in Scott, Louisiana, in the heart of Cajun country of southwest Louisiana
Paul Andry’s Mardi Gras Music for the Dulcimer - Mardi Gras comes early this year–February 9, 2016. This is carnival time in south Louisiana — parades, pageantry, costumes, balls, parties, king cakes. We play
Classic Vinyl Dulcimer Records – What a Treasure! - Several days ago, a gentleman walked into one of our local libraries and handed the librarian–a dulcimer player–a stack of 22 classic dulcimer records from
15th Annual Lagniappe Dulcimer Fête Highlights - Our 15th Annual Lagniappe Dulcimer Fête is history. The weather was rainy, damp and humid. It didn’t dampen the spirits of the dulcimer players —
Meet the Performers: Joe Collins - Our annual Lagniappe Dulcimer Fête in March brings dulcimer players from all over the country to teach workshops and perform in concert. It’s a good
15th Annual Lagniappe Dulcimer Fete: Mardi Gras Extravaganza - Our Lagniappe Dulcimer Fete in March of 2016 featured a Mardi Gras extravaganza complete with a pageant and a Mardi Gras Krewe with king and queen. The
15 Fête Years in T-shirts - What a milestone this year for the Lagniappe Dulcimer Society: This is our 15th year of hosting a highly successful dulcimer festival. It is alot
Library Book Comes Alive to the Music of the Dulcimer - Last summer our librarian dulcimer member, Bonnie, lead a very successful community out-reach program, “Teaching Children to Play the Dulcimer.” This summer she had the
Galax-Style Dulcimer: Playing the Appalachian Dulcimer in DDD Tuning - I recently visited my mother, who lives in the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia, and was fortunate to sit in on a Galax-style dulcimer and old-time
More Galax-Style Dulcimers; Primer on Changing Strings - After attending the Galax-style old-time string band jam in Virginia in May, I became intrigued with this type of dulcimer and decided to learn more about
Yankee Doodle Dulcimer: Lagniappe Dulcimer Fête 2017 - Welcome to our music festival. “Yankee Doodle Dulcimer” is the theme of our 2017 Lagniappe Fete. Yankee Doodle comes to the bayous and swamps of
Haunted Tunes for Halloween on the Dulcimer - A good tune for Halloween is one that sounds haunted, eerie, spooky. On the dulcimer, these tunes are played in a minor mode or key
Mike Anderson: The Dulcimer Guy - Mike Anderson, the Dulcimer Guy from Illinois, is coming to Baton Rouge to the Main Library on Goodwood Blvd. on December 8 to give two
Auld Lang Syne on Dulcimer - Ring in the New Year of 2017 by playing “Auld Lang Syne” on your dulcimer. Surprise your family and guests as you play and sing
Revolutionary War Era Songs for our Fête - Our 16th annual dulcimer festival is coming quickly. It’s March 9- 12, 2017, in Port Allen, Louisiana. We have a great line-up of musicians and
Here we go…to our Fete - Our Lagniappe Dulcimer Fete is in less that 2 weeks. Lots of great music with hammered and mountain dulcimers. Lets meet our featured performers and
Best Ever Dulcimer Fête - Perhaps I’m a bit biased since I was this year’s co-chairman, but I thought that this was one of our best mountain dulcimer festivals ever. Lots
Beautiful Dreamer - While sorting through stacks and stacks of dulcimer tablature that I have accumulated over the years, I ran across a partially finished version of Stephen
Shape Note Hymnal - We took a trip to the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia a couple of weeks ago. A side trip just a few miles off Interstate 81
“Bon Anniversaire, Lagnaippe” - Next year, 2018, marks our 20th year as a dulcimer organization. We celebrate the successes of our group at the next fête, March 8-11, 2018.
Bonnie Doon for Dulcimer and Penny Whistle in Key of G - After playing the mountain dulcimer for an number of years; it is challenging to branch out to learn new instruments. So I’ve taken up the
Doodling on the Dulcimer: Jamaican Folk Tune, “Day O” - I like to doodle around on the dulcimer and see what songs I can play. It is especially pleasing when I discover a song that
Dulcimer Fête 2018 - Plans are in progress for our next dulcimer fête in March 2018. It’s going to be a great birthday party celebration. Our organization will be
Leatherwing Bat – Tune to DAC - I love October and autumn. The weather is cool and crisp; the leaves change colors and the produce markets are full of pumpkins, gourds and
Appalachian Christmas Folk Tune – Playing with Barre Chords - “I Wonder as I Wander” is a hauntingly beautiful Christmas folk tune from the Appalachian Mountains. It was collected and published by John Jacob Niles.
Holiday Gift Picks for the Dulcimer Player - With Christmas in the air, it’s time to think about gift ideas for the dulcimer player. Here are a few of my favorite gadgets and
Lagniappe Dulcimer Fête 2018 is approaching - We’re getting excited about our rapidly approaching dulcimer festival in March 8 – 10, 2018,  with morning gospel sing on March 11. This is our
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