cm0223The Melrose Dulcimer Club meets every second Saturday at the historic Melrose Homemaker’s Club building.  Our jam includes old-time fiddle tunes, waltzes, and gospel music or whatever happens to be called.  The instruments usually played at our jam?  Mountain dulcimers (of course), hammered dulcimers, , banjammers, kazoos, harmonicas, guitars, recorders, and occasionally a fiddle. Singing, too!

Thanks go to Historic Melrose, Inc (HMI) for allowing us to use their beautiful building!

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Join the Jam on Saturday, April 4 @ 2pm
Contact Pat Clark to get included in the next social distance jam! Our trial jam on 3/28 was a huge success – 50 folks joined in that day.  Come join us this Saturday!


Our next jam might be ???
Stay tuned for updates!

Melrose Homemakers Club
25728 Park Street
Melrose, Florida

  • 5:00pm: arrive to tune-up/warm-up/new songs?IMG_3159
  • 5:30pm:  “official” jam begins
  • 6:30pm-ish: Potluck Dinner
  • After dinner – jamming continues
  • $2 house fee (for Historic Melrose, Inc.)

Earlier time?  Many travel up to two hours to play with us in Melrose – Jacksonville, Hilliard, Zepyrhills, Ocala, Live Oak, and beyond!  Now we have MORE time to play!!!



As the dulcimer community mourns the loss of Madeline MacNeil wonderful memories rush in.  She was genuinely warm and caring for each of her students at her many workshops throughout the years.  I had the opportunity to experience workshops with Maddie, first meeting her at WCU in the early 2000s, followed by the first Central Florida Dulcimer Festival (Mt. Dora), several Stephen Foster Dulcimer Retreats and at NGFDA Festival (Unicoi).   I think I’ll always remember her lilting voice performing “The Water is Wide,” “Somewhere over the Rainbow,” and “Scarborough Fair.”

I had the good fortune of taking a week-long class with Maddie MacNeil in 2005 at Mountain Dulcimer Week, now Dulcimer U. Her main focus was on singing with the dulcimer, truly her forte. Her barre chord rendition of “Summertime” was memorable. Years later, when asked for permission to share it with Melrose Dulcimers, she graciously said, of course!   In her memory, I’m sharing this with you!   Summertime



Palestine Old Time Music and Dulcimer Festival
March 26-28
Jean, Faye, and Laurie are going 🙂
CANCELLED 😦  Next year!!



Winston-Salem Dulcimer Festival May 2 more information here CANCELLED 🙂 Next year!!




PictureLagniappe Dulcimer Fete
March 12-15
Julie attended and had a blast!!



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March 13, 14, 15
Lots and lots of dulci-opportunities at WillFest this year – jams, workshops, and performances galore!


February 21-22
Illinois Winter Mountain Dulcimer Festival
Laurie attended and would go back again!

February 17, 2020
Karen Muelle
Workshop and Concert
Finger Picking and Flat-picking
at the Melrose Center


February 16, 2020
Larry and Elaine Conger
Workshop and Concert

Duets workshops with Larry and Elaine
at the Melrose Center


February 15, 2020
Playing on the porch at the Bronson-Mulholland House in Palatka, for the Putnam County Genealogy and History Expo




February 7-8, 2020
Florida Acoustic Winter Gathering

Mount Dora, Florida
Info here




Saturday, February 1
Fort McCoy Public Library
Dulcimer performance by Faye and Laurie followed by the  Dulcimer Petting Zoo for audience members





January 16, 2020
Jim and Cheri Miller
Workshop and Concert

at The Melrose Center




January 2-5, 2020
Dulcimer U Winter Weekend
Lake Junaluska, NC
DU Winter Weekend
Find out about it from Faye and Kay!



November 8-9, 2019
Stephen Foster Dulcimer Retreat
White Springs, FL
Photos and videos here!



October 12-17, 2019
Black Mountain Music Festival
Black Mountain, NC
Melrose Dulcimer folks Jean, Carol, Faye, and Laurie had a blast!


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The Sunshine State Dulcimer Gathering
Geneva, FL


Dulcimer U
Western Carolina University
July 22-26, 2019
Instructors: Laurie Alsobrook, Aubrey Atwater, Janita Baker, Elaine Conger, Larry Conger, Carol Crocker, Jeff Furman, Ed Gaunt, Deborah Hamouris, Melanie Johnston, Lorinda Jones, Jim Miller, Sarah Morgan, Karen Mueller, and Aaron O’Rourke



65372638_10219406853428403_7560008409446088704_nSky Valley Dulcimer Retreat
Sky Valley Georgia
June 21-22, 2019
Jeff and Janet Furman!



Florida Folk Festival, May 24-26, 2019
Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center
White Springs, FL
Performances, Workshops, and Jams
David Beede, Bing Futch, Laurie Alsobrook

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April 6-7, 2019
Barberville Spring Frolic
200+ Musical Performers
Music Workshops & Jam Tents: Dulcimer jams and workshops with Laurie Alsobrook, Mountain and Hammered Dulcimer with Chris Collins.


Palestine Old Time Music and Dulcimer Festival
“Old Pal”

March 28-30, 2019
Palestine, Texas



An Afternoon with Susan Trump
Sunday, March 24, 2019
Two 75 minute workshops focusing on right-hand technique, with renowned performer/instructor, Susan Trump, followed by a concert.  See more



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March 8, 9, 10, 2019
Lots and lots of dulci-opportunities at WillFest this year – jams, workshops, and performances galore!  Dulcimer workshops with Sammye Johnson and the Nature Coast Dulcimer Club, Dulcimer Jams and Shooting Star (youth camp) beginning dulcimer instruction with Laurie Alsobrook, and  performances by David Beede with NOWstalgia.  Find the FULL SCHEDULE here.



Monday, February 18, 2019
Larry and Elaine Conger
Fun…as always!
Check here for photos and a video 🙂



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February 8-9, 2019
Central Florida Dulcimer Festival
The Grand Finale

What a great festival, enjoyed by nearly 300 people!  The Melrose Dulcimer Club was well represented there!!


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Sunday, January 27, 2019
An afternoon with Jim and Cheri Miller!
See more photos on the workshops page.
What a day!




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Sunday, January 13, 2019
An afternoon with Butch Ross!
See more photos on workshops page – fun classes; terrific concert!




January 3-6, 2019
Dulcimer U Winter Weekend
Lake Junaluska, NC
DU Winter Weekend
It was a blast…just ask Jean, Kay, or Laurie!


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