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For those that may not have heard, Haley will be joining us this year for the Ormond Celtic Festival - they're coming down a few days early and staying over for a day or two - want to book an incredible young gal, here's your chance!!  Book her directly through her mom Donna!
Irish fiddle phenom, Haley Richardson, will be making her Florida debut. Haley will be in Florida from about April 18-25 and performing at the Ormond Beach Florida Celtic Festival. She would love to secure a few gigs during that time. If you haven't seen Haley perform, you are in for a treat. Haley is a multiple time world champion Irish fiddler winning both All Ireland and the Junior Fiddler of Dooney titles. Check out her website www.HaleyRichardsonMusic.com. Gigs booked first come, first served attowheads5@msn.com

Friends of the Blues To Present Scholarships
Nature Coast Friends of the Blues will present three $500 Susan B. Mitchell Memorial scholarships for young musicians who are home schooled, public or parochial school students.
The scholarships honor the memory of Susan Mitchell whose love of blues music, especially involving young musicians, was the passion of her life.  Mitchell founded the Nature Coast Friends of the Blues to continue the annual Blues and Barbecue event founded by James “Boe” Anderson.  
Applicants must submit contact information, a letter of recommendation from a music instructor or teacher and a recording of the applicant.  Completed applications must be physically received or postmarked no later than April 8, 2017.
Applications are available from Jim Davis, 44 Dogwood Dr., Homosassa, FL 34446 or via email at  jdavis330@tampabay.rr.com.
Last year’s recipients were Paisley Greer, a senior at Citrus High School; Sean Henehan of Crystal River; and The Citrus Youth Educational Symphony Orchestra. 
Nature Coast Friends of the Blues (NCFB) hosts the annual Blues ‘n Barbecue festival each fall and presents monthly events at the Museum Café in Homosassa from December through May every year.  For more information about NCFB, please visit their Facebook page.

Important Dates for Major Festivals
for dates of local/smaller (but no less important) happenings read on down the email which is organized by date


March 10-12, 2017 - Will McLean Festival - Brooksville
@ Sertoma Youth Ranch

March 31-April 2, 2017  - South East Tionol
Canterbury Retreat Center in Oviedo, Florida

April 22-23, 2017 - 4th annual Safety Harbor Songfest
Tickets on sale now at www.shamc.org

April 22-23, 2017 - Brooksville (Sertoma)
Old Time Jamboree - Old Time Fiddle Banjo duet contest

April 22-23, 2017 - Ormond Beach
7th Annual Ormond Beach Celtic Festival

April 29-30, 2017 - Barberville 
Spring Frolic festival at the Settlement
Applications:  http://www.folkfiddle.com

Local Happenings

March 11th (Saturday), 2017 - Sanford @ Wop's Hops Brewery -7:30-10:30pm
Hard To Port (Jenn, Steve, Ron, Dave, Christina, & Chuck) will be providing an evening of Celtic-inspired tunes in the brewery - packed house/standing room only last time - come join us for some of the best in Celtic/fusion songs and tunes
March 18th (Sat) & 19th (Sunday), 2017 - Dunnellon
Chickens Pigs  - Brian Smalley's "Chickens Pigs" is an instant folk classic that feels more like a novel or even an "opera" than most CDs with a "theme".  This presentation is set in Florida during the Civil War, and is a live performance representing the CD by the same title released by Mr. Smalley in 2013.  This remarkable portrayal includes a cast of about a dozen of Florida's most well-known artists.  You will not want to miss this Southern Folk Musical!

Location: Historic Depot in Dunnellon - 12061 S Williams St, Dunnellon, FL

March 18 at 7:00pm and March 19 at 1:00pm.  Tickets are $15, and must be purchased in advance.  Send check/money order to Mary Hopkins, 571 NE 83rd Ave, Old Town, FL  32680. Include your phone number and indicate which show you wish to attend.
For information, call Suz Grandy at (863) 529-8104 or Mary Hopkins at (321) 432-7762.

April 1st-2nd  (Sat-Sun), 2017 - Safety Harbor
Safety Harbor SongFest
$40 weekend pass, $25 day pass, $50 weekend pass at the gate
20 musical acts ranging in genre on 2 stages- arranged so everyone can see all acts
Stellar waterfront location in Veterans Park behind the Safety Harbor Spa
Beer/Wine/FoodTrucks and Artistic Elements abound
tickets on sale now at www.shamc.org

April 7th  (Friday), 2017 - Lecanto
Gatorbone Band graces the stage, with lyrical Elaine Mahon to open.

Woodview Coffee House is at 2628 Woodview Lane, Lecanto FL.
Website is woodviewcoffeehouse.org; email is dcjamie@juno.com
Phone number is 941-204-9707

May 5th  (Friday), 2017 - Lecanto
We close out the season, and Debbie and Michael's tenure as Head Volunteers at Woodview, with local favorites 2PM. Brooksville-based Hudson Creek opens.   

Woodview Coffee House is at 2628 Woodview Lane, Lecanto FL.
Website is woodviewcoffeehouse.org; email is dcjamie@juno.com
Phone number is 941-204-9707


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Recurring - Ongoing Events/Venues which have music on a regular basis:
BARBERVILLE PIONEER SETTLEMENT  -Barberville First Saturday Jam First Saturday Monthly Workshops/jams
NOT to be missed - on some months we have a full day's worth of musical workshop offerings, all at no charge once you come in to the Settlement grounds ($8 for the day for adults) - Such a deal!! - we have some of the best instructors ANYWHERE - 

Offerings change from month to month so check the current schedule - things are sometimes "light" during the summer months while folks are off on vacation or to music camps and festivals. Obviously not everything is offered all the time - just depends on the interest and we're always adding things
Come learn to play acoustic old time, blue grass, and blues - Beginner & intermediate classes on Guitar, Banjo, Fiddle, Bass, and more from 9 AM to Noon
Followed by Jams where we all have fun just playing along - Just the normal $6 entry fee - all of the workshops are FREE!!!
Workshop/Time Room Host/Instructor
If not being used for a workshop, rooms are "OPEN" for jamming
Ron & Carol are handling the "day-to-day" of the First Saturday Jams so please contact them if you'd like to teach, any questions, etc. - we will of course continue to post the offerings here in this newsletter so you'll know what's coming up workshop-wise.

Here's their contact info:  Ron - banjojunkie@att.net and/or Carol - carolwhisler@yahoo.com

Course you can still email me about teaching a workshop and I"ll be glad to send along to Ron & Carol

Brooksville  (just outside of)
The Farm ...located just outside of Brooksville ....On going open mic, jams on Thursdays, and music events, etc...3rd weekend of every month and more
19234 Lake Lindsay Rd, Brooksville, FL 34601

Cassia  - 2nd & 4th Saturdays - Bluegrass/Country, etc Jam
The music inside starts much earlier than 6:00...around 4:30.  The music is not limited to bluegrass on 2nd and 4th Saturdays. country, bluegrass and gospel are all welcome.
6pm-10pm - on SR-44 between Deland and Eustis - 352-589-6573 for info or emaildbowman2@cfl.rr.com

Cassia  - 3rd Saturdays - 100% bluegrass jam
The third Sat of every month...5PM to 10 or 11. at the Cassia Community Center, Cassia, Fl. Call 352-217-2422 Concessions.

Crystal River  - Second Sunday Sunset Drum Circle
Second Sunday Sunset Drum Circle - contact is Charlotte at 352 344 8009.
The drum circle meets at the end of the beach at Ft Island Trail Road (aka Hwy 44W) off Hwy 19 in Crystal River, at the last picnic shelter and meets 2 hours before sunset. Bring a chair and beverage, maybe bug spray. It is always in the newspaper.

Daytona Beach - Slo-Jam  - Every Tuesday6:30 - 8:30pm
Hot Spot Coffee Shoppe - 1216 South Ridgewood, Daytona Beach (north of Beville Road on west side of Ridgewood/US-1)2 - slo-jams WILL continue - 6:30 till 8:30pm or so - bring a snack to share if you'd like and maybe a couple bucks to put in the kitty to help pay the electric bill and such for the jammers - lots of great folks here - especially good for beginning players - if you have a tune you'd like to have folks join in on, try and keep sorta simple, preferably 3-4 chords and bring about 10 copies of the tune so folks can follow along

Daytona Beach - Irish Sessions  - Every 4th Saturday, 2:00 - 5:30pm
A Traditional Irish Music Session will be hosted at McK's Tavern, 218 South Beach St. Daytona Beach( 386)238-3321 on Fourth Saturday each Month from 02:30 to approx.05:30 P.M. - Directions: take your best route to Daytona. Take International Speedway Blvd (US 92) east towards the beach. Turn right on Beach St (just before the bridge). Go down a block and it's on the right.
McK's has graciously offered the use of their facilities for Irish Music players and supporters to share in a ( 4th Sat. of each month) Trad. music session. We hope you can bring your Mandolin, Guitar, Banjo, Flutes, Bodhran and Irish Whistles OR just come to enjoy 'a wee taste of The Celtic Islands' and share in 'The Music' .
Bring along your friends to play or listen too. All are welcome!!!

Destin Area -
Americana Under the Stars at Topsail Hill State Park,  7525 W. Scenic Hwy 30A, near Destin. All Topsail Hill concerts start at 7pm in the open air theater at the park, with indoor concerts available during inclement weather. The concerts are preceded by open mic from 5:30 - 6:30pm. Every Thursday night 
More info: http://luckymudmusic.com/


3rd Saturday of each month - concerts @ Trout Lake Nature Center
Lake Eustis Folk - 3rd Saturday House Concerts
Held every 3rd Saturday of the month at the Trout Lake Nature Center.  Pot luck dinner and a concert featuring local, national and international artists.  For more information contact Jeff at jeff@jefffriberg.com or call 352-408-9800.
For 25 years, Lake Eustis Folk has provided an intimate setting to enjoy outstanding local and national-touring acoustic performers. Donation is $5 at the door.

For 25 years, Lake Eustis Folk has provided an intimate setting to enjoy outstanding local and national-touring acoustic performers. Donation is $5 at the door.


LAKE EUSTIS AREA DULCIMER PLAYERS (LEAD Players) - 3rd Saturday each month
NEW Meeting Location - 230 N Grove St, downtown Eustis, FL. (Corner of Clifford Ave & N Grove)
Doors open @ 1:00pm. Circle Jam from 1:30 - 4 pm. 
Mountain & Hammered Dulcimer, Autoharp, Tin Whistle & other Acoustic instruments welcome.
For more info, contact Carolee Stewart - Email: wsdsc@mindspring.com
Second Saturday Open Mic  - the monthly second Saturday open mic at TEFC, 890 Abrams Rd. in Eustis - Covered Dish at 6:30, music starts at 7:00. If you need more info you can call Kathy at 352-406-0429. There is a map on the church website,www.trinityfree.com.
Every Friday Open mic at Magnolia Cafe -  at 7-10 pm at 108 N Bay Street (former site of Olivia's) in downtown Eustis. Friendly place with an excellent room and sound system. Good food, too. All types of acoustic music welcome: folk, country, bluegrass, Americana, etc. Sign up at 6:30. Contact Roger at 352-636-8000 or rsheff6969@gmail.com for info.

Flagler Beach - 
First Friday (of the month) jam - everyone's welcome - from about 6-6:30pm till 8-8:30 or so - sometimes have inside the Revive Cafe (or out in front)
Revive Cafe-201 North 2nd St., Flagler Beach  - will put under recurring events

Jam Session, Gamble Rogers Rec Area
Every 2nd and 4th Saturdays, 2:00 to 4:00 - the RIVER side of the park, NOT the oceanfront section. Under the pavillion
The park is @ 3100 s. a1a, Flagler, about 14 miles n. of 40.

Geneva  -
Mountain Dulcimer Gathering      1st Sunday of every month - -
We meet at 1:00 PM at the Rural Heritage Center, 101 E Main St., Geneva,FL. Bring your dulcimer and learn to become a better player or try out one of ours to see if you might like to learn.  (We tune Ionic, DAA.)  For help with tuning or questions, come at 12:30. Info:GenevaFL@aol.com


Geneva Jam - 3rd Saturday of every month -  Acoustic bluegrass, old country, and gospel music. 161 1st Street, Geneva, FL. Concessions from 6:00 to 7:00 PM or until the food runs out. (No concessions June, July, & August.) 
Info: GenevaFL@aol.com
Interlachen  - Monday night Jam Sessions
Jam session and potluck in Interlachen, tonight and every Monday at the Old Brush Store, 201 Commonwealth Ave. (across from the VFD) from 5 p.m. till.....about 9 p.m. Music, food, fellowship, fun. Bring your musical instrument (acoustic, not electric), folding chairs, and a dish or snack to share. FREE......EVERYONE WELCOME. For information, contact Barbara at 386-684-3284 or songsmith@windstream.net


“Tapa That,” - Fridays noon to 2 pm
Al Poindexter playing Florida songs and folk songs at
820 Lomax Street, in Historic 5 Points area of Jacksonville.  www.alpoindexter.com   or  http://www.tapathat.com/
MUDVILLE MUSIC ROOM  -3104 Atlantic Blvd. -Jacksonville, Florida
FOR RESERVATIONS OR TICKET INFORMATION CALL (904)352-7008 or emailFlaMusic@bellsouth.net

Second Sunday at Stetson Kennedy’s
Beginning Sunday, Feb 8 with Paul Garfinkel
2- 4 pm   1523 State Road 13, Jacksonville, Fl  32259
At Beluthahatchee, home of Stetson Kennedy.
National Literary landmark for Stetson Kennedy and his pal Woody Guthrie
Just south of Jacksonville.
House Concert, $10 donation, reservations required
Tours of Beluthahatchee just before and after the concert
Call 904 434 9876
Presented by North Florida Folk Network and Stetson Kennedy Foundation and St. John’s County Parks

Lake Wales - Cypress Dulcimer Society - 2nd/4th Friday evenings
2nd Friday - Pedaler's Pond MH community, in the Clubhouse
Beginners - 5:30pm
Jamming - 6:30pm

4th Friday - Central Park in downtown Winter Haven by the fountain
5:30pm till 8pm +/-
Instruments: Mountain Dulcimer, Hammered Dulcimer, Guitar, Autoharp, and any other acoustic instruments
Contact for info: Fletcher Lipford - Phone (863)-669-8990 - Email skylersdad@directv.net


Lineup for Woodview.Woodview Coffee House, 2628 Woodview Lane, Lecanto 34461
Admission $7* - Doors open at 6:30* Talent Showcase
 eMail: Talent@WoodviewCoffeeHouse.org - site: www.woodviewcoffeehouse.org 

Lynn Haven (Panama City area)
Americana Cafe Sundays at the legendary Roberts Hall, 831 Florida Avenue, Lynn Haven, Florida (just outside Panama City). All Roberts Hall concerts are from 4 - 6pm, preceded by an open mic from 2 - 3:30 pm.
More info: http://luckymudmusic.com/

Maitland -  Every Sunday from 9am until 2pm - Maitland Farmer's Market in Lovely Lake Lily Park!  Family- and Pet-Friendly, plenty of shady path, playground, great vendors, tables and benches, good facilities - and Fabulous Live Music from a variety of local performers!  All Fun...All Free!

Mount Dora  - Mt. Dora Dulcimer Society - 1st Saturday each month

Meet at W.T. Bland Library, Community Room - 1995 Donnelly Street, Mount Dora
10am open - 10:30am - 1pm Circle Jam
More info? Contact Ruth Harnden via Email: dulcirah@msn.com

Lakeside Inn Acoustic Jam!  
- Mount Dora
Tremain's Tavern at Lakeside Inn.
 - Every Sunday  at "Lakeside Inn - Acoustic Jam" from 4 - 6 pm
100 N. Alexander St. - Host 
Brian Darby  352-383-4101   

New Smyrna Beach
New circle Slo jam at The Hub in New Smyrna Beach. It will be The 3rd Thursday of each month beginning June 19. 6:30 to 8:30pm. 132 Canal St., NSB. Suggested $5.00 donation.
There is a new/re-vitalized free Open Mic event at a local Community Center which will repeats the last Friday of each month - come out and support it!! (and pass the word around)

Admission is free for both audience and performers. Coffee and soft drinks are available.

It is being held at the Silver Springs Shores Community Center located at 590 Silver Rd, Ocala 34472. It starts at 6:00pm and runs until 8:30, performers should arrive 30 min. prior.
Stage set and sound equipment/PA system provided, including vocal mics, guitar mics (as well as cords/DI boxes to plug in to sound system - your choice).Each performer get 15 minutes.
For information: Silver Springs Shores Community Center  - 352-438-2810
Orlando  -
1) The Orlando Brewing Compan hosts a second Sunday jam. They play primarily Old time and Irish, but welcome swing and anything else. It's open. Goes from 4-7 PM and musicians drink free, but please tip the waitress as they are volunteers.
O.B. has 21 different organic beers brewed onsite. Last jam was last weekend September 9th - next one is October 14th
Orlando Brewing® - 1301 Atlanta Avenue - Orlando, Florida 32806 - Phone: 407.872.1117

2) Central Florida Folk Concert Series - Locations TBA
Phone number for the public to call regarding  up-to-date information regarding performances - 407-679-6426
Website for the public to use - www.cffolk.org

Jams - acoustic Folk jams every Tuesday from 6pm - 8pm at the Osteen Diner - Bring friends! The diner is located at 195 South State Road 415 just south of Skips Boots and across the street from the Dollar General.   Players and listeners are welcome!
Come early and have dinner if you like... or just come jam!  Let your friends know!!!   See you there!!! Here is a Google map: http://tinyurl.com/ 25tqbc7    Call for more information: 407- 304-0111   


Friday Night Old Time Jam,  7:30 pm to 10:30 pm every Friday, alternating betweenOviedo and Sanford.   An open jam for all levels playing pre-bluegrass Fiddle, Banjo, Guitar, etc.,  toe-tapping Mountain Dance Tunes. A great way to learn to play and learn some tunes..  This jam has been around for over 25 years.  For details contact: Jay Bradbury 407-587-9134  jaybrad44@yahoo.com 
Sanford area:  (may move around a bit)

Picky Chics & Chaps Dulcimer Practice/Jam
Every Saturday afternoon, 12:30pm for beginners, >1pm for technology session, 1:30pm for regular players
Call for this week's location:  Sheryl Chapman >321.223.7350 or Pat Morse 386.957.4314.

Friday Night Old Time Jam,  7:30 pm to 10:30 pm every Friday, alternating between Oviedo and Sanford.   An open jam for all levels playing pre-bluegrass Fiddle, Banjo, Guitar, etc.,  toe-tapping Mountain Dance Tunes. A great way to learn to play and learn some tunes..  This jam has been around for over 25 years.  For details contact: Jay Bradbury 407-587-9134  jaybrad44@yahoo.com 
Bluegrass jam every Thursday 7-10 pm at Bee Ridge Park pavillion, corner Wilkinson & Lockwood Ridge. Info 861.5000

Folk Jam each Wed begins around 9 pm, various homes. Info: Jim Leps 941.747.2096

Old Packinghouse Cafe Live music Mon-Sat, 7-10 pm, Open Mic Mon. 987 S. Packinghouse Rd. Info:941.371.9358

O'Leary's Tiki Bar & Grill open air venue, music daily 12-3 pm & 4-9 pm, 5 Bayfront Dr, 953.7505

Folk Jam at Hewitt's house, each third Wed, 8-? pm. 941.377.9256,  -

Sarasota Folk Club Concert & Open Mic last Mon. 7:15-10 pm. Featured act starts 8:30. Sailing Squadron City Island. Beer & wine avail. $10 or more donation. Info: Jean 941.377.9256    Info www.sarasotafolk.org

Starkeeper Cafe has singer/songwriter night every 2nd tues  Performance starts at 7pm and runs till 10pm. $5 suggested donation goes to the artists performing.

South Daytona
Each second Sunday of the month from 4-7 pm for fun, exercise and the opportunity to enjoy the dance with other like minded folks! 

Regular admission to dances: $9 - Adult, $7 - Senior (65), Student $5. April dance $10 - Regular, $5 - Student.

3100 South Ridgewood Ave, GPS? 3090 S. Ridgewood Ave, South Daytona, Florida 32119, US | 386-307-5705
Contact Steve Chesson at steveclc@gmail.com
St. Augustine 
"Music in Anastasia State Park" jam sessions" - 6pm-9pm
These jam sessions are sponsored by the Friends of Anastasia State Park. Our events are well attended by some real talented folks! Please join us if you can! 
This is a totally open music event. The whole universe is invited to attend. Bring your instrument and join in or sing along. The Island grill will be open for refreshments or pack a picnic basket. Inside Anastasia State Park.
2015 dates are:  Feb 7, April 18, May 9, June 13, July 4, Aug. 8, Sept 12, Oct 10, Nov 14, and Dec 12
St. Petersburg

Folk Sing Along/Jam in St Pete that meets every first third Sunday of the month from 130-430.  More info:  meetup.com/tampabaysojo

Tavares Sunday Jam & Open Mic  - every Sunday - at the RUBY STREET GRILLE
Every sunday at Ruby Street Grille in Tavares, next to O'keef''s on Wooton Park overlooking the lake, Logan sets up drums,bass guitar and amp, keyboard, and full pa with mics and inputs. They have a jam with many professional musicians from the surrounding towns.

7 pm till late. Rubystreetgrille.com. Logan's cell for info, etc. is: 352-483-7434.

Williston  (Levy County) - Bluegrass Jam
EVERY 2nd Saturday - 1 - 4 PM
Open Bluegrass Jam - held in Williston FL (Levy County) on the second Saturday of the month from 1-4PM. All playing levels/instruments are welcome. Stop by and check us out - it's a friendly, low-stress jam. Call Steve at 352-528-5475 for details.

Winter Haven  -
MUSICAL HAMMERS,  performing Hammered Dulcimer band practice 1st and 3rd MONDAYS
Meets in St. Paul¹s Episcopal Church Music Room,  656 Ave. L.,N.W. In Winter Haven from 10 a.m. To Noon
MUSICAL HAMMERS is composed of hammered dulcimer musicians, some of which
also play the mountain dulcimer.
The dulcimers  are accompanied by rhythm guitar, harmonica, occasional banjo and some vocals.  It is a voluntary group committed to performing locally or for events, if available.
They  perform and demonstrate the hammered dulcimer at Winter Haven's Central Park THIRD FRIDAYS from 5:30 - 7:00   September - May.   Community members bring lawn chairs and support this unique H.D. Band.
CONTACT: Sally Anderson (863) 293-1510 for more information.

Winter Park  Central Florida Fingerstyle Guitar Jam
EVERY 3rd Wednesday - 6:00-8:30 PM
Central Florida Fingerstyle Guitar jam at the Winter Park Library, 460 E New England Ave., Winter Park.

- Dates: EVERY 3rd Wednesday
Time: 6:00 P.M. to 8:30 P.M. - Cost: Free
Contact: Susie Cool 407-760-2153 or Winter Park Library for directions 407-623-3300, Ext. 2
Info: Audience welcome also. All genres of acoustic fingerstyle welcome. Beginners, interm