Artists for 2016
Pam Bowmen and Jeff Gardner
Pam Bowman is a native of Northern Michigan and has lived there all of
her life. She has had music surrounding her since birth. Her parents and family had a God given love of music and nurtured that love
in Pam. A guitarist and singer from the time she was five, she has now expanded her talents with a variety of instruments including;
mountain dulcimer and stand up bass - but none has captivated her like the Hammered Dulcimer. Pam presents workshops on the Hammered
Dulcimer, and performs at concerts, churches, various festivals, retreats and more. In 2005 she won the "Southern Regional Dulcimer
Competition" in Mt. View, AR.
Born and raised in Northern Michigan, Jeff Gardner has been making music since he took up the trombone when he
was 11 years old. He was introduced to the guitar at age 15 and has never been the same. He added an upright
bass to his arsenal back in '95 and is currently adding the fiddle to his many talents.
Pam and Jeff have been performing music together for 20 years and have 4 recordings together that are readily
available: Hammered Hymns, Hammered Holidays, Hammered Hoot-N-Nanny, Hammered Hallelujahs
Toni began playing the autoharp in late 1992, after getting an
Oscar Schmidt autoharp as a Christmas present. She had seen a lady playing one at the Fraley Mountain Music Festival at Carter
Caves State Resort in Ky. and fell in love with the instrument. Toni mostly plays accompaniment style as she plays along with
husband Gary, who plays the mountain dulcimer. She has taught beginner workshops at many regional festivals. She really enjoys
getting folks started on the autoharp. Toni and Gary perform at many midwest dulcimer festivals. They reside in Waverly, Ohio
where they own "Prussia Valley Dulcimers Acoustic Music Shop"
Gary became interested in the Mountain Dulcimer in 1991
after seeing David Schnaufer's "Fischer's Hornpipe" video on CMT. He built a dulcimer in late 1991, then began building seriously
in 1992 and has been building and playing since that time. Gary, along with wife Toni are the owners of "Prussia Valley
Dulcimers Music Shop", opening in 2001 in Waverly, Ohio were they also reside. Gary has taught mountain dulcimer playing
workshops at many festivals in the mid-west and southeast as far as Key West, FL, performing at many of these as well.
Gary's first experience in recording was playing accompaniment on Doug Felt's "A Little of This & A Little of That" CD.
Later, Gary and Toni made their first CD, “Rats In the Fence Corner”, recorded, engineered and mastered by Stephen Seifert.
Gary is also the author of a mountain dulcimer tablature book “Other Tunes For the Appalachian Dulcimer”, an eclectic selection
of tunes not usually heard on the instrument.
Harmony Harvest 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
settings for both classrooms and shelter from the sun,
rain and other weather. The surrounding green space is a
pleasant camping area. Leashed pets are welcomed too!
will be a jam tent for those who just cannot get enough
There will also be jamming in the evenings after open
stage and the concert.
evening is our traditional Bean & Cornbread Supper
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.
OK, but must be leashed at all times and should not
Other hotels is the area:
Hampton Inn – 740-654-3962
Baymont Inn & Suites–
Holiday Inn Express – 740-654-4445
Relax Inn – 740-654-5855
Many offer AAA discounts.
Beth Duffield – Registrar
Laura Elder - Festival Coordinator
Put "Harmony Harvest"
in the subject line
Please put FESTIVAL in the subject line.