Delta Blues Dulcimer Revival – 2020 Workshop Schedule

The schedule for the Delta Blues Dulcimer Revival, April 16-18, 2020, has been posted at www:/www.deltabluesdulcimerrevival.com.

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Adrian and I can’t wait to be a part of this new annual event! We are hosting the workshops in our American home in the historic downtown blues precinct in Clarksdale, Mississippi. For more information about the instructors, click on their names below.

Here’s the schedule information:

Delta Blues Dulcimer Revival

Schedule of Workshops

April 16-18, 2020

The Holy Moly

218 Third Street

Clarksdale, Mississippi 38614



Thursday, April 16, 2020


 9:00 am – 10:15 amUnder The Influence of the BluesRobert Force & Staff (Theatre)

10:45 am – noonBeginning Blues DulcimerBing Futch (Theatre)

10:45 am – noon7th Chords and InversionsGary Gallier (Dining Room)

2:00 pm – 3:15 pmThe Blue 1/2 FretSam Edelston (Theatre)

3:45 pm – 5:00 pmLeaving This MorningSofie Reed (Theatre)

 

Friday, April 17, 2020


 9:00 am – 10:15 amSinging and PlayingSofie Reed (Theatre)


10:45 am – noonMississippi Delta BluesBing Futch (Theatre)


 2:00 pm – 3:15 pmSt. Louis BluesGary Gallier (Theatre)


 3:45 pm – 5:00 pmJohn Lee HookerSam Edelston (Theatre)

 

Saturday, April 18, 2020


 9:00 am – 10:15 amLed Zeppelin: Blues With A Stack Of MarshallsSam Edelston (Theatre)

 9:00 am – 10:15 amWrite Your Own BluesSofie Reed (Dining Room)


10:45 am – noonTexas BluesBing Futch (Theatre)


 2:00 pm – 3:15 pmShortnin’ Bread BoogieGary Gallier (Theatre)


 3:45 pm – 5:00 pmBlues ReflectionsRobert Force & Staff (Theatre)

Delta Blues Dulcimer Revival, The Holy Moly, Clarksdale, MississippiClick here to register!

Delta Blues Dulcimer Revival — Press Release!

Woohoo! Here’s the official Press Release for the Delta Blues Dulcimer Revival – happening in Clarksdale, Mississippi, April 16th, 17th, and 18th, 2020. This first annual event will lead up to and include The Holy Moly’s participation as an official nighttime venue of the Juke Joint Festival! There are different levels of registration, from basic to registration that includes a Juke Joint Festival wristband that allows entry to all JJF nighttime venues. Please share, and if you ever wanted to play the blues on a mountain dulcimer, come on over to Clarksdale the birthplace of the blues!

Downloadable pdf: DBDR Press Release

DBDR Press Release

Delta Blues Dulcimer Revival – April 16th, 17th, 18th, 2020

I’m excited to announce that Bing Futch, Adrian Kosky, and I will host the first Delta Blues Dulcimer Revival — April 16th, 17th, 18th, 2020 — in my American home in Clarksdale, Mississippi (affectionately known as The Holy Moly), a historic building in the birthplace of the blues!
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Enjoy and learn with blues mountain dulcimer workshops at The Holy Moly (aka Adrian & Carla’s American home), a historic location at the corner of Issaquena Avenue and Third Street in the heart of downtown Clarksdale, Mississippi, the birthplace of the blues!
There will be classes for all mountain dulcimer skill levels, focusing on early blues/roots music.
The event will last three days and be a related event to Clarksdale’s Juke Joint Festival, giving revival registrants an opportunity to enjoy a taste of the Mississippi Delta’s cuisine, learn about the region, and to explore up-close-and-personal this historic city’s music! Mississippi is known as the birthplace of American Music and Clarksdale is part of the Americana Music Triangle!
The Delta Blues Dulcimer Revival is for mountain dulcimer blues fans who are looking for a fun immersive learning experience that can’t be found anywhere else in the world!
More about this exciting new event can be found at Delta Blues Dulcimer Revival blog.
Online registration is coming soon!

Dulcimers Down Under!

Adrian and I have been in Australia and have been playing a bit of music and doing a little road-tripping. We went to New South Wales, on our most recent road-trip. What fun we have had with our dulcimer-world friends!

This is a beautiful time of year to travel north from Daylesford, Victoria. We spent nearly three weeks visiting with dear friends and making new, genuine, friendships and real-life connections with people, as well as sight-seeing and enjoying Australia’s wildlife. I’m feeling very blessed by wonderful relationships and experiences.

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Carla and Adrian playing cardboard dulcimers built by Richard Troughear using Ikea packing materials.
Carla and Adrian playing cardboard dulcimers (Photo and dulcimers by Richard Troughear)

We played music with Richard Troughear, strumming cardboard dulcimers that he made out of Ikea packing materials (cardboard!). Because he is an expert luthier, specialising in sound quality, these funny instruments sounded fantastic!

Richard Troughear playing the Ikea cardboard dulcimer that he created.
Richard Troughear playing the Ikea cardboard dulcimer that he created.

CarlaAndDelphineRichard’s wife, Delphine, offered familiarly-Southern but delightfully-Australian hospitality to us (including our little Miss Jelly Bean) at the beach and in a beautiful Brogo AirBnB cottage (it was dog friendly!). Wombats and wallabies were everywhere! Take a look at my video below:

 

 

Adrian and I also enjoyed visiting with our friend, Terry Hennessy, a luthier who built Richard Fariña’s dulcimer. Here’s a video of Richard Fariña playing the dulcimer built by Terry Hennessy:

Terry is a fascinating friend, an outstanding artist, a great storyteller, and a very nice person to know.

Carla Maxwell, Terry Hennessy, and Adrian Kosky, with Miss Jelly Bean in Kangaroo Valley, New South Wales, Australia, September 2018
Carla Maxwell, Terry Hennessy, and Adrian Kosky, with Miss Jelly Bean in Kangaroo Valley, New South Wales, Australia, September 2018

 

https://player.vimeo.com/api/player.js Terry performed for us, playing two of his bizarre, hand-crafted, instruments. Terry Hennessy is an artistic luthier, to say the least. Each of his instruments have a beautiful look, feel, and sound, along with a bit of eccentricity!

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In the Blue Mountains, Adrian and I had a visit and played music with a facebook friend who we had not previously met: Anne Bowman. Anne is an extremely talented artist/illustrator, a great musician, and a wonderful tour guide. She is also an active participant in social media related to the dulcimer. She is definitely a dulcimer enthusiast, like my hubby and me! Here’s a little selfie-video of the three of us playing together during our jam.

We are all good friends who enjoy jamming, walking in the rain forest, and having high tea together now!

Carla Maxwell, Adrian Kosky, and Anne Bowman in Leura, New South Wales, Australia, September 2018
Carla Maxwell, Adrian Kosky, and Anne Bowman in Leura, New South Wales, Australia, September 2018

 

All Roads Lead to Clarksdale!

I’m back!

It’s a really long commute between my home in country Victoria and my city life in Clarksdale, but it’s definitely worth the hassle of international travel!

HolyMolyMed_6738As soon as my hubby and I arrive in this historic downtown blues precinct (where we live), we feel like we are on a movie set. The city scenes are surreal , to me.  The contrast between the decrepit and the dynamic in downtown Clarksdale is amazing. Decrepit is a harsh term, I know. But, honestly, that’s what I see very near me, when I wander around downtown. Often, I walk on broken glass that has fallen from disintegrating windows in the neighboring building. It makes my heart ache to think I can’t do anything to stop some things.

I try not to dwell on what I cannot change. Even when I notice the worst, I try to look for a positive change or beauty in the movie-like scenes, when I return to Clarksdale. I like to imagine the scenes could be cleaned-up for safety reasons, and then reinvented as real movie scenes for entertainment. People need safety AND entertainment!

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I see that there is a whole lot of beauty in Clarksdale, though. I see wonderful changes that directly improve my mental attitude, as well as the view from my apartment window. There are new street signs, beautifully painted windows in revitalized retail shops, lovely new sidewalks with accessible ramps; old, new, and growing businesses are thriving, and people with positive energy are thrilling the community by their good works. I see circles/cliques changing, overlapping, combining, enjoying differences. Those are exciting changes! Good on ya, Clarksdale!

I’m always thankful when businesses I like (like Skimke’s BBQ) are still in business, when I return to Clarksdale.

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There’s live blues music every night of the year in Clarksdale! I’m ALWAYS thankful for more music in my life! Besides the fact that it’s so close to my Memphis family, that’s the thing I like best about returning to my home in Clarksdale.

I love the city life that allows for walking to downtown music venues, radio shows, and restaurants. Last night I enjoyed going next door to the live taping for future airing on XRDS.fm radio with Charlie Musselwhite, The Dave Luning Band, Gary Vincent, Meghan Maike, Red Paden, Roger Stolle, and Robert Birdsong at The Clarksdale Sound Stage – just around the corner from The Holy Moly! WOW! Talk about entertainment! What an experience! It was fantastic!

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AND, the food in Clarksdale is amazing! Sometimes even breakfast service (Shack Up Inn and Bluesberry Cafe) comes with music! I love it! There’s a local saying: “Clarksdale, it nice!” But if you don’t mind me saying so, Clarksdale is cool and it’s getting cooler all the time! I’m happy to be back!

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I Played at the Port Fairy Market!

Last weekend I had a blast, busking at the Port Fairy Market!

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I was lucky enough to get to play along with my husband and my brother-in-law — two of the best musicians I know! It was fun to watch the crowd gather as we rocked “Shortening Bread,” across from our friend’s market stall where shortening bread was actually being sold out! Fun!!

Of course, it was great to see money being tossed in the guitar case, but my happiness didn’t come from the money earned busking. It came from being with people and making music with my husband and his brother!

I love watching people bounce to the rhythm as they walk by or as they stop to listen and dance. When babies begin to bounce, that’s when I know we’ve got the music right, for sure. Money that is tossed in to the case is nice and very much appreciated by us buskers, as people never have to do that — there’s no obligation for anyone to give buskers money. They do it because they want to, and I watch them in amazement and appreciation.

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Of course, my smile might get a little brighter when the $5 and $10 bills get dropped in to the case. When that happens, I probably bounce a bit more, myself — enjoying the fact that other people are really enjoying the music we are making.

I had to take a break during one of the songs to rest my hand, but I had time and strength to snap iPhone photos of my hubby, Adrian, and his brother, Kevin, before getting back to playing.

After about an hour of busking, we happily spent our earnings on market food! Market food! Yum!! Thank you, Port Fairy Market friends! I hope to see you again someday. 🙂

It’s a Happy New Year for Table Hill!

I’m happy to be starting the new year playing music with my hubby at the Radio Springs Hotel in Lyonville, Victoria, Australia!

The upcoming dates for the Table Hill duo are: January 22 @ 12:30 p.m., February 2 @ 6:30 p.m., February 9 @ 6:30 p.m., February 26 @ 12:30 p.m., and March 2 @ 6:30 p.m.

Reservations are recommended. Phone 03 5348 5562 to make a booking.

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Memphis Dulcimer – Strumming On!

Cemetery_9443Adrian and I have been taking a few road trips, since being back in the U.S.A. We have been in Arkansas, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Mississippi, spreading our dulcimer love wherever we go. We’re hoping to get down in New Orleans, Louisiana, soon! I’ve never been to Louisiana. My fingers are crossed.

We have our Aussie friend and bandmate, Phil McNamara, visiting for three months, as the first guest Artist-in-Residence at The Holy Moly. So, we enjoyed having Phil join us on our trip to Mt. View, Arkansas, recently. While we were there, we visited The Dulcimer Shoppe, and we met the owners, Jim and Betty Woods, along with the Ozark Folk Center’s 2016 Southern Regional Mountain Dulcimer 1st Place winner, Irma Reeder, and her husband Scott Reeder. Phil got a good dose of dulcimer world. I wouldn’t be surprised if I saw some dulcimer playing in his future!Dulcimer_9037

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In May, Adrian and I spent Memorial Day weekend with my parents and other family members in Kentucky. It was great to reunite with relatives and friends I haven’t seen for a few years and to meet the newest members of my family. During a family picnic on a beautiful Kentucky farm, we shared our mix of Memphis-Melbourne-Mississippi Delta original/traditional music (which I cannot even clearly describe here……you have to see it and hear it, to believe it. Believe me!).Farm_9328

We are in Clarksdale now, reflecting on music past, making a bit of new music, and looking forward to all the music to be made. Holy moly! We’re excited about what’s coming up at The Holy Moly!

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“It’s good to have fun on a road trip; but, oh, how you have to know how!”* And, I’m wondering where our next road trip will take us. I’m ready to strum on!

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*Lyrics by Adrian Kosky, The High Side of the Low End (2006), Track #5″Road Trip.”

 

Moving Forward

Adrian and I are in Australia, traveling, brainstorming, and searching for that thing we will do when we return to the U.S.A. next month.

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We spent some time in Stanley, Tasmania, visiting a friend. While we were there, we played a few traditional American fiddle tunes on Australia Day!

dulcimer_7638It doesn’t seem to matter where we play dulcimers or Strumsticks, people are fascinated by these wonderful instruments.

Last night Table Hill played a few tunes (with our friend Phil) at the Leonards Hill Hall Country, Western, & Old Time Dance — an annual event that has continued for over 40 years.

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It wasn’t easy for Adrian and me to play music and entertain people whenever we wanted, last year. We had built ourselves in to the restaurant business we were running. We focused all our physical and mental energy on moving forward with that part of The Holy Moly revitalisation project.

This year, we are still moving forward at The Holy Moly, but now that we have sold the restaurant and have good tenants in that corner of our building, we are focusing on adding more music in our lives.  We are working out the specific details of presenting music in The Holy Moly Theatre. I’ll write more about that soon.

Moving forward, I’m excited to say that my friend and bandmate, Phil, is planning to visit Clarksdale in Spring 2016!  Yay! Another Australian coming up to the Mississippi Delta for music!!

Wooohoooo!

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I can’t wait for Table Hill to play for you!