Monthly Archives: January 2008

Butch Ross Mountain Dulcimer Workshop, February 11, 2008

The day after his performance in my house concert, Butch Ross will be teaching workshops to anyone interested in learning how to play the mountain dulcimer.  The workshop will be Monday, February 11, 2008, and the instruction will be provided according to the needs and interests of students.

More details will be posted soon!


Christie Burns Hammer Dulcimer Workshop, February 11, 2008

On Monday, February 11, 2008, before Christie heads back to Chattanooga, she will be happy to teach workshops on how to play the hammer dulcimer Christie‘s workshop will be directed toward the students’ interests and playing level.

Christie‘s energy and musically pioneering spirit led her to establish Ireland’s first dulcimer festival, The Cork Dulcimer Festival, and she continued hosting it for three years.  The Causeway Dulcimer Festival picked up where Christie left off.

I’ll add more details about Christie‘s upcoming workshop.  Check back soon!


NEW BLOG for House Concerts

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January 26, 2008…..Hi Friends,
I’ve just set up a blog to provide information for the house concerts coming up in February and beyond! Visit:
or Click the link on the left under the main menu to read about the musicians stopping in on their way through Memphis.

I’m happy to announce these house concerts: February 10th at 8 p.m. Butch Ross (mountain dulcimer) and Christie Burns (hammer dulcimer) from Chattanooga, Tennessee. February 22 at 7 p.m. Steve Eulberg (hammer and mountain dulcimer) from Fort Collins, Colorado. 

Tickets for my house concerts are $10.00 each. 
All proceeds go to the performing artists. 
Make reservations by phone at 901-270-3585 and pay at the door or buy tickets during the February dulcimer club meeting. 
I’m looking forward to seeing you in my living room! 
…..Carla Maxwell

Christie Burns and Butch Ross in Concert

Hi Friends!

On February 10, 2008, at 8 p.m., my friends Christie Burns and Butch Ross will perform in my living room!

I had the privilege of meeting Butch and Christie during the summer of ’07 and enjoyed a lovely visit with them in their home in the artists’ community of Jefferson Heights in Chattanooga, Tennessee. 
Butch and Christie are traveling through Memphis on their way to a festival in Texas, and they are happy to stop in for a performance in Memphis on their way.  Along with the house concert, Christie and Butch will conduct hammer dulcimer and mountain dulcimer workshops for anyone interested and available on February 11, 2008.  I’ll post the time and cost for that soon.

Tickets for the house concert are $10.00 and may be paid at the door.  As usual, all money from ticket sales will be paid to my house concert performers.  To reserve your seat call me at 901-270-3585.

To learn more about these wonderful musicians visit their websites:

Butch and Christie
Butch Ross

Purchase their music at:

CD Baby Christie Burns and Butch Ross

And here are a couple of Youtube Performances by Butch and Christie:

Youtube Video 1

Youtube Video 2

Youtube Video 3

Youtube Video 4

Looking forward to sharing music with you all!


February 3, 2008, Club Meeting at Carla’s House

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Greetings fellow dulcimer players!
The next meeting of the Memphis Area Dulcimer Club will be Sunday, February 3, 2008, from 3-5pm at Carla’s house.

Memphis Area Mountain Dulcimer Club President, Bob Magowan

Bring your capos to this meeting (if you don’t have one you can borrow one from those of us that have at least two) – we will be playing a number of songs in E minor (capo on fret #1).
However, we will start our meeting by playing the “Dulcimer National Anthem” to warm up. 

Then we’ll go to the songs in E minor like: 
Rubens Train (900 miles). Yes, I know we played this at our last meeting, but I think you will agree it is a fun song and we know it. 
The Little Beggarman (also known as The Red Haired Boy). Marie Kirby suggested that we play this song. 
While capoed at fret #1 we will also try: 
The Bold Fenian Men, 
Hashiveninu (as a round) Gail Weesner
arranged this one. 
By the time we finish the above we will probably have enough of the E minor songs so we will play some of your favorites by request. 
If you need tab for the above songs email me at: (, and I will have copies ready for you at the meeting. 
Hope to see you there.

New Hammer Dulcimer Club Forming in Collierville, Tennessee!

(Spring 2008) Marie Kirby is gathering folks together to meet once a week to learn and share the music of her hammer dulcimer life! Marie and a bunch of folks are looking forward to meeting weekly to play hammer dulcimer together.

If you would like more information about Marie’s new club, please use the contact button in the menu on the left to email me.

This new hammer dulcimer club is open to anyone learning to play or experienced in playing the hammer dulcimer.

Marie is a FUN person to play with. I’m looking forward to hearing this new group of sweet music musicians!

Carla Maxwell

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Jeff Hames’ New Players Forum, January 8, 2008

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Hi Folks,

Jeff Hames, the 2006 National Mountain Dulcimer Champion, is hosting a forum on Tuesday, January 8th, at 8 p.m.

The topic for the first forum of the new year is about songs folks wish they could play on the dulcimer. Jeff invites everyone to participate in the forum which is hosted by a variety of people with a common interest in the mountain dulcimer.
I’ll be one of the hosts for this forum. Join us and enjoy the forum discussion which usually lasts an hour.
Jeff usually hosts this forum on the 1st Tuesday of each month. His web address is: <a href=”; target=”_blank”></a><br />
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Happy New Year!
Carla Maxwell

See you January 6, 2008 Happy New Year!!

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Greetings fellow dulcimer players:
Our first meeting of the coming new year will be on January 6, 2008. We will again meet at Carla’s house and we thank Carla for hosting the meetings during this past year.

At this meeting we will be playing your old favorites so have some suggestions as to what tunes you would like to play. If you come and don’t have tablature for the tunes, don’t worry because we will make you a copy at the meeting. 

As usual, the meeting will be from 3 – 5pm on this first Sunday of the year. 
Here are some additional upcoming dulcimer events: 
The January Dulcimer Gathering will be held at Lindenwood Christian Church on Jan. 18 – 19, 2008. Featured will be Larry Conger teaching intermediate mountain dulcimer, Lee Cagle teaching beginner mountain dulcimer and Betty Dawson teaching hammered dulcimer.
For more information about the schedule and program go to: 
Additionally, Carla Maxwell will be having some dulcimer activity for us with some people passing through the Memphis Area. Some of these dulcimer greats will be Butch Ross and Christy Burns, Steve Eulberg and Adrian Kosky. Stay tuned for more information on this later. 
Additional information about the club and dulcimer activity in Memphis can be obtained at Carla’s website: 
I am looking forward to a great new dulcimer year and I hope you are also. 
See you on January 6th. 
Have a blessed Christmas and a wonderful New Year!