Thursday Jam (4/21)

The weather for Thursday’s jam looks perfect. Hope to see y’all there.
We have a few things coming up in the next month or so. See the schedule at
Specifically, this Friday Apr 22 we play at Traditions of Athens by Jacks on Hwy 72 at 2 pm

Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it, until it receives the early and the late rains. James 5:7

St. Patrick Day Dulcimer Jam

Our regular 3rd Thursday jam happens to be on St. Patrick’s Day and in honor of St. Patrick here’s a few quotes:

  • “Never trust a dog to watch your food.”
  • “May the roof above us never fall in, and may we friends gathered below never fall out.”
  • “If I have any worth, it is to live my life for God.”
  • “But I fear nothing, because of the promises of heaven.”
  • “I pray to God to give me perseverance and to deign that I be a faithful witness to Him to the end of my life for my God.”
  • “May the strength of God pilot us, may the wisdom of God instruct us, may the hand of God protect us, may the word of God direct us. Be always ours this day and for evermore.”

Here’s the latest schedule. If you have anything to add or correct let us know:

David & Karen Bennett <><

Homer Osborne

Here is the link for Homer’s obituary. The time and date for his memorial service is not listed yet so be sure to check the link every day or so.

Homer Wilson Osborne Jr.
September 26, 1943 – March 3, 2022
(78 years old)

Harold, Homer, Roger, Grady, Jerry, and Grady#2 at the 2019 Christmas Jam
Homer and Joan at the 2019 Christmas jam
Roger Patterson (L) and Homer (R) at the 2016 Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention
Homer (R) competing in the dulcimer event at the Fiddlers Convention, accompanied by Lou Beasley (L)
Homer at the 2015 Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention
Grady Swanner (L) & Homer (R) at Tannehill (2014)
Ray Hunley & Homer (R) jamming (2013)

“The winter is past… Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come…”

This Thursday is supposed to be sunny and 74 degrees. I call that a “dulcimer day,” and what a perfect day for the first dulcimer jam of March. I look forward to seeing everyone on Thursday afternoon.

Here’s the latest schedule, if you know of any events I need to add be sure to let me know:

David Bennett <><


See! The winter is past; the rains are over and gone. Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come, the cooing of doves is heard in our land.
Song of Solomon 2:11-12


Competition Changes Announced for 2022 Fiddlers Convention

Hope to see ya’all at the jam this afternoon.

Here’s something I ran across today from the Fiddlers Convention.

These are some of the changes for this year. See the link below for all the changes.

All competition categories will now have eight (8) award places instead of five (5). With the exception of some fiddle categories, prize money for individual categories will now be:

1st: $300, 2nd: $250, 3rd: $200, 4th: $150, 5th: $125, 6th: $100, 7th: $75, 8th: $50.

The following competition categories have been discontinued:
Beginner Musician
Junior Fiddler
Intermediate Fiddler

The following competition categories have been added:
Beginner Banjo
Beginner Mandolin
Beginner Guitar
Tennessee Valley Fiddle Champion

more at

David B <><

Jesus said, “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you
Matthew 5:43-44

Jam This Week & Happy Groundhog Day

Louise wanted me to let you all know about playing Feb 11 (Fri) – Traditions of Athens (near Jack’s) 2 PM

Since today is Groundhog Day here’s two songs about groundhogs:
Oh, Groundhog

Devil Eat The Groundhog

Interesting history of this tune

I’m looking forward to seeing everyone at the jam this Thursday (2/3) at 1 pm.

Here’s the latest schedule (If you know of anything coming up this Spring or Summer let me know and I’ll add the dates):

Isaiah 41:13 “For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.”

Psalm 91:2 “I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.””

David Bennett <><

Athens Dulcimer updates and a source for free video lessons

My apologies if this is a duplicate email to you.

“Happy New Year”!! “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” 2 Corinthians 5:17
Remember our new time starting in 2022!!
6 Jan (Thurs) – Regular Jam 1-3 PM -We start at 1 pm, we can gather to visit 30 minutes early if we like.
11 Jan (Tues )- 6 PM – Oakdale Baptist Church, 16136 AL Highway 251, Athens, AL 35613. We eat at 6 then play for 30 minutes (mostly Gospel). For additional information call Roger Wooten.
13 Jan (Thurs) – 2 PM- Traditions of Athens – play inside- masks required
19 Jan (Wed) – 10 AM – Limestone Health Facility on Hobbs (Check-in and masks)
20 Jan (Thurs) – Regular Jam 1-3 PM -we can gather to visit 30 minutes early if we like.
for changes/updates see

Here’s almost 200 free dulcimer lessons from Bret Ridgeway who hails from Pennsylvania

Let me know throughout the year of any additions to the calendar.