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Welcome to www.BowedDulcimer.com
This site is devoted to those people who are already playing a bowed dulcimer, who are interested in playing a bowed dulcimer, or wonder what a bowed dulcimer is.  This site features Kenneth Bloom: luthier, performer, teacher and friend. 
As you can see we are just beginning, but we will be adding information, pictures, instructions, and exciting information about Ken and the bowed dulcimer in the near future.

2015 Registration Form - updated 12/2014


11th Annual Pilot Mountain

Bowed Dulcimer Festival

will take place Friday, Saturday and Sunday

April 10, 11, and 12, 2015


HOTEL INFORMATION: Please note that all rooms to receive the festival discount must be booked and complete before the end of February 2015. All rooms booked after that time will be at the hotel's regular room rates, which are substantially more. When participants call to book their rooms, they need to call the hotel directly at 336.368.2237 and be sure to ask for the Bowed Dulcimer Festival Discount. The hotel is the Econolodge, 711 S. Key St., Pilot Mountain, NC 27041. They are offering rooms to the participants of the Bowed Dulcimer Festival for $62.99 plus tax for a regular room, and $79.99 plus tax for a suite.


BOWED DULCIMER FEST LUNCH OPTIONS will soon be                  posted thru the Bowed Dulcimer Friends Yahoo group.  Please contact Ken for more info. (You will need to be order in advance);

 Ken's Schedule for upcoming bowed dulcimer events and classes will be updated in the near future.  (posted 2-6-2013)

Another wonderful bowed dulcimer player, Marsha Harris, is teaching workshops and has kindly offered her schedule here


Rosin the Bow!  Created by Robin Thompson



   I am very pleased to announce the release of my second bowed dulcimer CD. It has a fine selection of music from all over the world and goes further than the last CD in demonstrating the versatility of the bowed dulcimer. For  further information and ordering please go to:


NOTE FROM GAIL:  To help in keeping our website up-to-date we ask that you email me (gwest1955@aol.com ) with your exciting news that you would like to share.  Any ideas, suggestions, photos, etc. would be greatly appreciated.  Burt has graciously taken pictures and caught our sound since the beginning - for now I would like to put the links here...

Ken Bloom's arrangement and explanation of the Napoleon Suite performed by the 2007 ensemble (large file)


Ken Bloom's comments only for the above


Burt Kahn has sent you a PhotoShow!

Hi to all, Please share the photo show link with other bowed dulcimer and mountain dulcimer players. Turn on your speakers and enjoy! Burt

Title: Bowed Dulcimer Jam & Dulcimer Ensemble
By: Burt Kahn
Date: Jul 01, 2007

If you cannot click the link or button above, copy and paste this address into your web browser.
Watch show: http://www.photoshow.net/watch/NZ8bV8TK


Since the 1st Annual Pilot Mountain Bowed Dulcimer Festival, we have a Bowed Dulcimer Friends Yahoo Group.  You have the option to receive each individual email, a daily digest, or only special announcements.  We use this group to keep in touch, get to know each other, and help each other.  It is a great way to share information.  If you need help to join, just email gwest1955@aol.com .  Please remember - you don't have to post, but we would love to have everyone join.  An easy way to join is to enter your email address in the box below...Yahoo will then send you an email that you just have to hit Reply and Send. 

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Items of interest:

2005 Bowed Dulcimer Class at the NFGDA festival in Unicoi - pictures

Video of Ken playing "John Roy Lyall", also known in the Bowed Dulcimer world as "Tune from St. Andrews". (please note the fluidity of Ken's wrist as he pulls the bow, the relaxed bow hold, loose wrist, flowing, steady movements)

Listing of Bowed Dulcimer models
Video Snippets and pictures from the 1st Annual Pilot Mountain Bowed Dulcimer Festival
The 2nd Annual Pilot Mountain Bowed Dulcimer Festival (March 31- April 2, 2006)

2005 Western Carolina University Mountain Dulcimer Week Bowed Dulcimer Class

An introductory DVD/video will soon be available
Lots of tips and help

Bowed Dulcimer Music/Tablature


Please come back soon.  If you have pictures, advice, or ideas to share on this website please email them to Gail at gwest1955@aol.com.



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Don't forget Ken is
going to be at Lagniappe
on the weekend of March  7-10, 2013

Come get a head start on Pilot Mountain and hopefully some nice warm weather to rid yourself of that winter chill. We are going to have  a 'second line', Mardi Gras parade, teach you how to eat crawfish and have some of the best music around! I am looking forward to seeing a
bunch of you in Port Allen, LA on the good ole' Mississippi River.
Helen Bankston

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The "1st Annual Pilot Mountain Bowed Dulcimer Festival" was held the first weekend in April, 2005 in Pilot Mountain North Carolina. There were 17 participants and  a great time was had by everyone! Thanks to Ken, Cammie and Ben (Sawbriar Acoustic Club)  Click here to read what we did.

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The December, 2004 DULCIMERSESSIONS.COM webzine issue is archived online and features a Bowed Dulcimer article by Ken Bloom...

<Click here> for more information.



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