Harmony Harvest Festival 

September 20 -22, 2013
Fairfield County Fairgrounds
157 East Fair Ave., Lancaster, Ohio

Sponsored by Standing Stone Strings and Things – Lancaster, Ohio

ed Artists for 2013

Bing Futch

Kendra Ward and Bob Bence

Gary Gallier

Keeping one foot firmly planted on traditional music soil, Singer/songwriter Bing Futch explores exciting new territory with the mountain dulcimer and Native American Flute. Bing has made a name for himself by taking the Appalachian mountain dulcimer to electrifying extremes. From African and Native American rhythms to blues, bluegrass, funk, jazz, Celtic, country/western, Middle Eastern and Latin influences mix with original rock and pop grooves.

For nearly 30 years Kendra Ward and Bob Bence have delighted audiences across North America, the British Isles and Europe, entertaining at cafes, clubs, colleges, concert halls, festivals, subway stations and street corners. Their music, just like themselves, comes from the hills of Appalachia, where their ancestors settled two centuries ago. They have inherited a rich musical legacy, handed down through the generations, and they make music with such authenticity that Derek Bell of the Chieftains told them, "Your originals are so much 'a part of the tradition,' that I was surprised to read the liner notes and discover they were originals!" Performers, like Kendra Ward and Bob Bence, with such deep roots in tradition are a rarity these days, and like the tradition itself, are sure to be treasured.

Gary Gallier has been called “The Father of Flatpicking” on the Mountain Dulcimer. For over 35 years he has remained on the leading edge of innovation in style and creativity, not only in technique, but also in composing, arranging, and instrument design. His musical touchstones range from Traditional to Jazz and Classical to Rock, to which has a true signature sound. This is well reflected in his stage performances. As expected, Gary can coax beautiful and flowing music from the dulcimer, but he also shows that power and energy are well within reach.

The festival takes place at the Fairfield County Fairgrounds in Lancaster, Ohio, which is about 40 minutes down U.S. Rt. 33 from Columbus.

If this is a return visit to the festival, you know that the Grandstand and other buildings provide wonderful setting for both classroom and shelter from the sun, rain and other weather. The surrounding green space is a pleasant camping area. Leashed pets are welcomed too! New this year is a jam tent for those who just cannot get enough of that.

Friday evening is our traditional Bean & Cornbread Supper, which is provided free of charge by our club. Saturday features the Potluck Supper, so bring something to share with 8-10 people. There are also many restaurants in the area from which to choose.

We have reserved a block of rooms at the Baymont Inn & Suites in Lancaster. Let them know that you are attending Harmony Harvest and you will get 10% off the regular price of your room. If at least 10 rooms are booked before Aug. 16, you will receive 15% off the regular room price.

Laura Elder

Festival Coordinator
Laura Elder

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Amerihost 740-654-5111
Best Western            740-653-3040
Baymont Inn & Suites 740-654-5111
Hampton Inn     740-654-2999
Holiday Inn Express   740-654-4445
Knights Inn                 740-687-4823

Harmony Harvest will be held at the Fairfield County Fairgrounds in Lancaster, Ohio. See map.



Harmony Harvest Dulcimer Festival Saturday Workshop Schedule

(Workshop Descriptions HERE.)

(Festival Registration HERE.)

Time Country Church Dining Hall West  Grandstand Center Grandstand East Grandstand Round Building

Bill Schilling

Using Recorder, Whistle, Flute in

Folk-Style Music Beg+/Int.

Bob Bence
Guitar Beginner

Proper Picking Technique



Bing Futch
Mountain Dulcimer Blues


John Sackenheim

So You have a Mountain Dulcimer. Now What? New Beg 

Craig Heath
Vocal Coach

Improve your vocal range by singing in the mask 

Kendra Ward
Hammer Dulcimer
Building a Foundation

: Beginner


Toni Sager
Auto Harp

Beginner and Beyond 
Steve Stapleton
 Music Apps for the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch 

Tish Westmen
Try a Bow Psaltery

Student instruments provided. Beginner 

Gary Gallier
Mountain Dulcimer
A Beginners Guide to Chords and Inversions

Beg/Advanced Beginner 

Lunch & Free Time


Andy Beyer
Sea Shanty Workshop

All are welcome 

Kendra Ward
Hammer Dulcimer
Licks & Tricks

Advanced and Up



Bing Futch
Learn to play


Gary Gallier
Mountain Dulcimer
Playing in A and G...
Without a capo


Linda Sigismondi  &
Bill Schilling

Songs with Good Choruses


Kendra Ward
Hammer Dulcimer:
Using the Pentatonic Scale

All levels


Mary Jo Ward
Auto Harp
Variations for Melody Picking

Steve Stapleton
 Sheet Music on iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch

Tish Westmen
Bow Psaltery
Styles and techniques


Gary Gallier
Mountain Dulcimer
Pachelbel's Canon,


Linda Sigismondi 
Native American Flute


Bob Bence
Guitar Beg.-Int.

Playing with Licks



Bing Futch
Mountain Dulcimer
Two Crooked Tunes




Tish Westmen
Mountain Dulcimer
So you don’t think you are ready to jam?

Concerts & Activities
Any Time "Jam Tent" (A One Hour Slow Jam at Noon and at 3:00pm) Otherwise, no speed limits observed!
4:20-5:23  Camp Anderson Ohio Historical Marker Dedication Ceremony. (Near the Grandstand) A few Dulcimer folks will be playing Civil War Period Tunes Before the Dedication
5:30pm-7:00pm Center Grandstand
Bean Supper and Free Time
10:00pm till ? "Jamming under the Grandstand"
5:30pm-6:30pm Center Grandstand
Potluck meal and free time  
6:30pm-10:00pm Concert
Featured Artists & Workshop Instructors
10:00pm till ? "Jamming under the Grandstand"
10:00am Sunday Morning Hymn Sing - Center Grandstand - 10:00am