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Friday-Saturday, Oct. 2-3, 2020

17th annual Nutmeg Dulcimer Festival

Featured artists haven't been announced yet.

Once again, we'll be at Mary Taylor Memorial United Methodist Church

168 Broad Street, Milford, Connecticut


The Nutmeg Dulcimer Festival is held every October in southern Connecticut. We are a Friday-Saturday festival, with a full program of workshops for hammered and mountain dulcimer players of all levels. In addition, concerts both evenings are open to the general public.
We believe that hammered dulcimers and mountain dulcimers are among the world's most wonderful musical instruments. They're fun to play, and fun to listen to. They belong in both folk music and popular music.  Our mission is to bring dulcimers and dulcimer music into public awareness.

2019 Featured Artists were:


Pete Rushefsky with Adrianne Greenbaum

Klezmer master Pete Rushefsky performs Friday evening and teaches 3 workshops.
Eminent klezmer flutist Adrianne Greenbaum will join Pete Rushefsky and teach and workshop Friday.

Pete Rushefsky is a leading performer, composer and researcher of the Jewish tsimbl (cimbalom or hammered dulcimer). Rushefsky tours and records internationally with violinist Itzhak Perlman as part of the Klezmer Conservatory Band and collaborates with a number of leading figures in the contemporary klezmer scene. In addition, he is Executive Director of the Center for Traditional Music and Dance in NYC.


Adrianne Greenbaum is a pioneer of the klezmer flute tradition, a nationally acclaimed classical flutist and clinician, and a Professor of Flute at Mount Holyoke College. She has been a Principal in both the New Haven Symphony and Orchestra New England.


Pete Rushefsky video link

Adrianne Greenbaum video link



Kevin Roth

Mountain dulcimer legend Kevin Roth performs Saturday evening and teaches workshops both days.

Kevin Roth was signed to Folkways/Smithsonian Records in 1974, when he was still a teenager, and over the course of a dozen albums on that label, blazed his name across the folk world. He's also an award-winning writer and performer of children's music -- and he sang the theme song for the '90s kids' show, "Shining Time Station." Kevin has performed twice at the White House, shared the stage with Peter, Paul & Mary, and recorded an album with Noel Paul Stookey. His most recent recording, “The Deviant Dulcimerist” is his 48th.


Kevin Roth video link

David Mahler

Hickory Cathedral

Hickory Cathedral is hammered dulcimer champion David Mahler and cellist Paul Friesen-Carper. They will teach workshops on Saturday and close the Saturday concert.

David Mahler was the National Hammered Dulcimer Champion in 2004, and was the youngest person to win that title. His repertoire spans traditional Appalachian, European folk, classical, and some more novel, modern styles. David has recorded and performed with a variety of contemporary folk rock and pop bands, and is now based in Lynchburg, VA.


Hickory Cathedral is David Mahler on hammered dulcimer and Paul Friesen-Carper on cello and sometimes other instruments. They met in 2017 touring some of the best halls in China and the US as part of Silk Cedar, a Chinese-American folk-jazz fusion dulcimer band. Paul is also a worship musician in Minnesota.


David Mahler video link

Hickory Cathedral video link

2019 Workshop leadersRich Carty, Cliff Cole, Sam Edelston, Ron Ewing, George Haggerty, Deb Justice, Marya Katz, Don Moore, Heidi Muller, David Neiman, Laurel Schwartz, Lucy Joan Sollogub, Susan Trump, Tim Van Egmond, Carol Walker, Dwain Wilder, Pixie Wright, Nina Zanetti