August 24, 2019



Ilace Mears, from Branson, MO, was the 2016 National Hammered Dulcimer Champion.  She is an award-winning hammered dulcimer and violin player - but hasn’t figured out a way to play both at the same time!  She brings a classically trained background to the world of traditional folk music, with a deep appreciation for both.  Ilace is having a blast teaching and playing with friends from across the continent at dulcimer festivals, jams, and other gatherings.


Learn more about Ilace HERE.


Ilace will be teaching the following workshops at the Warm Up Picnic this year:


Strength and Agility Exercises

The Olympics are coming!  Train your hands and brain for hammering success.


Now What Can I Do with This Tune?

Building good arrangements begins with a well-equipped toolbox.  We'll add some tools to your box to help you get more mileage out of tunes and vary them harmonically, rhythmically, and decoratively.


Once More with Feeling

Playing expressively closes the gap between adequate and beautiful.  Explore ways to make this leap and avoid "whamdiddle syndrome!"

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