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Tina Bergmann with Apollo's Fire, Sugarloaf Mountain, an Appalachian Gathering

The Jefferson Center, Roanoke VA


Long ago, the sparkling fiddle tunes & haunting ballads of the British Isles came across the water – taking root in the hills of Virginia, mingling with southern hymns & African spirituals, creating the soulful music we call Appalachian. The people of the mountains raise their communal voices in celebration of daily life – love, singing, dancing, and prayer.

In this program we explore the communal journey of these Celtic immigrants, who left their island homes with sadness, but also with great hope. Their stories involve many young men who had to leave their sweethearts behind in Scotland or Ireland; many young women who had to face the choice of a dangerous and unknown life in the wilderness of the New World, or the seemingly certain poverty and hopelessness of remaining at home in Ireland; and many children who made joyful games for themselves amidst the hard-working poverty of their parents. The stories, the sorrows and the shared laughter of these immigrants are told in the ballads throughout the program.


Tina at the Colorado Dulcimer Festival

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Saint James Presbyterian Church, 3601 West Belleview Avenue, Littleton, CO 80123.

I'm looking forward to attending this event for the first time. I"ll be teaching workshops and playing a concert set and getting to know a bunch of new to me dulcimer enthusiasts!

Registration and more information at

Come join us for the 2020 Colorado Dulcimer Festival, Friday-Saturday, February 7th and 8th. And don’t miss out on the optional Pre-Festival Classes Thursday, February 6th.

The Festival will be held at Saint James Presbyterian Church, 3601 West Belleview Avenue, Littleton, CO 80123.

Single-day, multiple-day and single workshop registrations are available. If attending the full day please plan to be in the area and checked in before 8:40 AM.

All abilities welcome! We have workshops for absolute beginners, beginners, intermediate players and advanced players.

Workshops are available for Mountain Dulcimers, Hammered Dulcimers and special workshops for the Bodhran, Guitar and Song Writing.


Tina Bergmann with Apollo's Fire: RAINBOW SONGS – Music of our Brothers & Sisters Across the Planet

Crocker Park, 177 Market St, West Lake

Family Concerts – Interactive Programs for Ages 6-96! FREE

Meet the music and ancient instruments from far-away places, including Jerusalem, Spain, Italy, and Africa! The audience will be singing along as Amanda Powell leads songs of brotherhood, sisterhood, and friendship.