Where to Find Us:

Lois Hornbostel

135 Pine Meadows Road

Bryson City, NC 28713

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What's New:

LOIS'S SIX MEL BAY MOUNTAIN DULCIMER BOOKS ALL AVAILABLE! Visit MUSIC STORE page for details.

BRING MOUNTAIN DULCIMER PLAYING & BUILDING TO YOUR CHILDREN'S SCHOOLS! Learn how by clicking above on our new ARTS-IN-EDUCATION page!  

RECENT DULCIMER PLAYING CHAMPIONSHIPS! We've been attending Appalachian fiddle conventions, getting into the roots of the area's music, showing folks what the mountain dulcimer can do, and picking up some honors along the way...

 

 

LOIS’S DULCIMER CHAMPIONSHIPS:

After winning the Galax (VA) Fiddle Convention Dulcimer Championship in 1986 Lois did not compete more until 2014 when she and Ehukai started visiting fiddle conventions. She's honored to have been awarded:

’14 Mt. Airy, NC Dulcimer Champion

’14 Grayson County, VA Dulcimer Champion

’14 Alleghany County, NC Dulcimer Champion

’16 Alleghany County, NC Dulcimer Champion

’16 Tazewell, VA Dulcimer Champion

'16 Laurel Bloomery, TN Dulcimer Champion

'17 Grayson County, VA Dulcimer Champion

'17 Laurel Bloomery, TN Dulcimer Champion

 

EHUKAI’S DULCIMER CHAMPIONSHIPS:

'12 Fiddlers Grove, NC Dulcimer Champion

’13 Union Grove, NC Dulcimer Champion

’14 Union Grove, NC Dulcimer Champion

’15 Union Grove, NC Dulcimer Champion

’15 Alleghany County, NC Dulcimer Champion

'15 Ashe County, NC Dulcimer Champion

’16 Ashe County, NC Dulcimer Champion

'17 Tazewell, VA Traditional Singer Champion                                          '17 Alleghany County, NC Dulcimer Champion

Lois and Ehukai's concerts include many styles of string music, from Southern Appalachian, to World Music, to Rock. You'll find details on our "Performances" page, along with videos of our music.

Each year we appear at a number of festivals, touring, and playing dates on both the US mainland and Hawaii. Details will follow, and we hope you will join us at them! 

We will also be performing music at resorts, schools, weddings, and other events, and offering private lessons in Mountain Dulcimer, Ukulele, and Electric Bass.

EHUKAI TEVES & LOIS HORNBOSTEL are currently organizing their events and touring for some late 2017 and 2018 dates. If you would like to book us for festivals, large or small events, weddings and parties - or if you would like to book private music lessons, we invite you to message us through the CONTACT US page of this website. 

 

2017

Lois & Ehukai are proud to support the Great Smoky Mountains National Park through their participation in the traditional old-time jams held at the Oconaluftee Visitor's Center in Cherokee, NC. 1st Sat. each month at 1 p.m. and additional jam 3rd Sat. in summer months. Come by and listen or if you play old-time music bring an instrument. 

Sat., April 1, 2017

WATERBOUND DULCIMER CLUB ANNUAL WORKSHOP

Kinston, NC

 

 

 

 

Lois Hornbostel and Ehukai Teves, special guests teaching mountain dulcimer and ukulele classes and performing in evening concert.

Sat., May 29, 2017

PICKIN' PORCH,

Townsend, TN

Concert

Fri, May 26 - Sun., May 28, 2017

23rd ANNUAL DULCI-MORE FESTIVAL

Salem, OH

Mountain dulcimer classes and performance by Lois and Ehukai 

Fiddle conventioning!

Lois and Ehukai take time to travel to some of the Southern Appalachian region's great fiddle conventions. They provide further musical growth in playing exciting fiddle tunes and learning traditional songs. Lois’s Mel Bay books DULCIMER FIDDLE TUNES and AMERICAN FIDDLE TUNES FOR MOUNTAIN DULCIMER contain music learned at these events. Another goal is to present the mountain dulcimer to old-time and bluegrass musicians and general public, played the best we can as practiced, longtime professional musicians. In the process, Lois and Ehukai have won and placed in a bunch of dulcimer, folk song and dance competitions. (See 'What's New' column.)

Fri., July 21, 2017

NEW ATTITUDES SALON & SPA

CUSTOMER APPRECIATION DAY

Bryson City, NC

FIDDLE CONVENTION-ING!                We're learning lots of new music, meeting wonderful people, promoting how much the  mountain dulcimer do with its Southern Appalachian music, and winning some awards. Ehukai has also been placing in FOLK SONG and DANCE contests!

 

WEDDING.

Wedding/Eclipse Celebration!

 

FIDDLE CONVENTION-ING!                We're learning lots of new music, meeting wonderful people, promoting how much the  mountain dulcimer do with its Southern Appalachian music, and winning some awards. Ehukai has also been placing in FOLK SONG and DANCE contests!

           

Sun., Sept. 17, 2017, 2 p.m.

SWAIN COUNTY ARTS CENTER

1415 Fontana Rd., Bryson City, NC

Concert with Ehukai Teves & Lois Hornbostel

In conjunction with the “Community Art Exhibit”

Beautiful theater with excellent sound. Lois and Ehukai will be playing mountain dulcimer, ukulele and Chapman Stick with vocals on many music styles from Appalachia and around the world. Come enjoy the exciting music and after that tour the outstanding "Community Art Exhibit" in the Gallery.  

Light refreshments will be served.

Adults $8.  Students $5. Free parking. 

www.swainartscenter.com  828-488-7843

 

Sat., Sept. 23, 2017, 7-9 p.m.

“TUNES ON THE TUCK" CONCERT featuring

Lois Hornbostel & Ehukai Teves

Riverfront Park, 101 Mitchell St., Bryson City, NC

Located across from train parking and turntable. 

This concert is held outdoors in a park on the banks of the Tuckaseigee River. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on the grass in front of the stage. Champion mountain dulcimer players, Lois Hornbostel and Ehukai Teves, will perform a variety of colorful musical styles – Southern Appalachian, Celtic, Cajun, Hawaiian, Blues and World Music played on the mountain dulcimer, ukulele and Chapman Stick.

Admission Free. Parking Free.

Concert Series sponsors: Duke Energy, Swain Community Hospital, and Swain County Tourism Development Authority.

 

MORE TO COME!

 

2016

SOME WORLD TRAVELS!                       Next in 2016, Ehukai and Lois will be traveling west to Nevada, California and the Hawaiian Islands performing, teaching and playing for a wedding. Then home for Christmas and playing in Bryson City.  We thank our presenting friends, audiences and students for a great 2016 and look forward to some exciting events being planned for 2017.

 

Sun., Oct 23-Fri., Oct. 28, 2016. BLACK MOUNTAIN MUSIC FESTIVAL, Black Mountain, NC. (Next year's dates Oct. 22-27.)

Sat., Oct. 15, 2016. Private party.

Sun., Oct. 16, 2016. Private party.

 

 

Thurs., Oct. 13, 2016. Fri., Concert at Joe Shannon's MOUNTAIN HOME MUSIC, Boone, NC.

Fri., Sept. 23 & Sat., Sept. 24, 2016. Play music for private party and celebration of historic Clem's Branch School remodeling, Grayson County, VA. With the Crescent Moon Rounders.

Sat., SEPT. 10, 2016. MUSIC IN THE MOUNTAINS, Bryson City, NC. Concert. Thank you, Bryson City Jaycees and all the folks who attended!

Sun., JULY 24, 2016. Private party.

Fiddle conventioning!

Lois and Ehukai take time to travel to some of the Southern Appalachian region's great fiddle conventions. They provide further musical growth in playing exciting fiddle tunes and learning traditional songs. Lois’s Mel Bay books DULCIMER FIDDLE TUNES and AMERICAN FIDDLE TUNES FOR MOUNTAIN DULCIMER contain music learned at these events. Another goal is to present the mountain dulcimer to old-time and bluegrass musicians and general public, played the best we can as practiced, longtime professional musicians. In the process, Lois and Ehukai have won and placed in a bunch of dulcimer, folk song and dance competitions. (See 'What's New' column.)

Sun., JUNE 5, 2016. Private party.

Fri., May 27-Sun., May 29, 2016.FOLK COLLEGE, Huntingdon, PA. Taught classes, performed in Sat. concert, and conducted Hawaiian student band.

Sat., May 21, 2016. PICKIN' PORCH, Townsend, TN. Mountain Dulcimer "Superclass" & Concert.

Sun., APRIL 30, 2016. Private party.

Fri., April 22 & Sat., April 23, 2016. POCONO DULCIMER FESTIVAL, Stroudsburg, PA. Taught classes, led jams, and featured performers in concert.

Tues., March 29 thru April 1, 2016. ARTS IN SCHOOLS RESIDENCY, Huntingdon C ounty, PA. Concerts and classes for elementary school children in mountain dulcimer & ukulele playing.

 

2015

Sun., DEC. 6, 2015. EARL SCRUGGS CENTER, Shelby, NC. Concert.

Sun., OCT. 18 thru Fri., OCT. 23, 2015. AUGUSTA HERITAGE CENTER OCTOBER OLD-TIME WEEK, Davis & Elkins College, Elkins, WV. Taught classes, concertized, jammed at the WV Fiddlers' Reunion.

 

SOME WORLD TRAVELS!

We spent September in Hawaii, concertized there, and jammed with Ehukai's "To the Max" bandmates - some of Hawaii's best musicians. Then in early October it was home to North Carolina, and to Lafayette, LA, for the wonderful Festivals Acadiens. We got to dance at legendary zydeco dance club, Slim's Y-Ki-Ki,  to the music of Jeffery Broussard & D'Jalma Garnier at Millie Broussard's birthday party. Life is wonderful and we are grateful!

Sat., AUG. 29, 2015. Bryson City, NC. MUSIC IN THE MOUNTAINS. Concert.

Sun., AUG 9, 2015, Bryson City, NC. SWAIN COUNTY CENTER FOR THE ARTS. Concert.

Sat. AUG. 1, 2015. Bryson City, NC. DERAILED LOUNGE/ANTHONY'S RESTAURANT. Concert.

FIDDLE CONVENTION-ING!                We're learning lots of new music, meeting wonderful people, promoting how much the  mountain dulcimer do with its Southern Appalachian music, and winning some awards. Ehukai has also been placing in FOLK SONG and DANCE contests!

Sun., JUNE 28 thru Fri. JULY 3, 2015. Westminster, MD. COMMON GROUND ON THE HILL. Teaching and performing.

Thurs., JUNE 25, 2015. Bridgewater, VA. BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAIN DULCIMER CLUB. Several classes in mountain dulcimer & ukulele and concert. Got to visit with our wonderful Appalachian musician friends Jim & Phyllis Gaskins too!

FIDDLE CONVENTION-ING!                We're learning lots of new music, meeting wonderful people, promoting how much the  mountain dulcimer do with its Southern Appalachian music, and winning some awards. Ehukai has also been placing in FOLK SONG and DANCE contests!

Sun., June 7, 2015. Berea, KY. JEAN RITCHIE MEMORIAL SERVICE, Union Church. 

Ehukai Teves & Lois Hornbostel had the honor of providing the mountain dulcimer music for the 2-hour reception at this beautiful service that honored Jean well. Both Ehukai and Lois were personal friends with Jean - Lois through working at dulcimer events with her, and Ehukai as a friend who helped her move to Berea and learned music from her. Thanks, Peter & Amy Pickow, Jon Pickow, the Ritchie family and Union Church. Video of Jean Ritchie Memorial at Union Church:  https://youtu.be/iJ1rBQQBT7o or click on 4th photo below.

Jean Ritchie was our much loved "Mountain Dulcimer Queen." She passed away June 1 at the age of 92. This talented, loving and beautiful woman received many national awards for her musicianship, song collecting, the songs she wrote, and for her writing. Raised in the small mountain town of Viper, KY, Jean became a fine scholar, winning a Fulbright Scholarship to research in the British Isles the roots of her family’s Southern Appalachian music. While working as a social worker in New York City Jean musical talents were discovered, and she became nationally known for her beautiful voice and music, and in the process popularized the Southern Appalachian mountain dulcimer. Most of us would not have played the instrument if not for this. We loved Jean and love our memories of her. Here is a video about her: https://youtu.be/8NeqV-hx_88

FIDDLE CONVENTION-ING!                We're learning lots of new music, meeting wonderful people, promoting how much the  mountain dulcimer do with its Southern Appalachian music, and winning some awards. Ehukai has also been placing in FOLK SONG and DANCE contests!

Fri., MAY 30, 2015. Bryson City, NC. DERAILED LOUNGE/ ANTHONY'S RESTAURANT. Concert.

FIDDLE CONVENTION-ING!                We're learning lots of new music, meeting wonderful people, promoting how much the  mountain dulcimer do with its Southern Appalachian music, and winning some awards. Ehukai has also been placing in FOLK SONG and DANCE contests!

Sat., MAY 16, 2015.  Townsend, TN.  PICKIN' PORCH. Mountain dulcimer and ukulele workshops, concert.

Fri., MAY 15, 2015. Bryson City, NC. NEW ATTITUDES HAIR SALON & SPA. Playing celebration music for the Grand Opening!

Sat., MAY 2, 2015. Asheville, NC. ASHEVILLE OUTLETS. Lois & Ehukai represented the Blue Ridge Music Trails of NC at the Grand Opening.

 

Fri., April 3 & Sat., April 4, 2015. Union Grove Fiddle Convention, Union Grove, NC.

Ehukai won first in Mountain Dulcimer competition (3rd year in a row!) and Lois won second. 

  

 

 

2014 and Earlier – Some of our favorite music events! 

 

DULCIMERVILLE, Black Mountain, NC. June. Weekend events to be scheduled. www.Dulcimerville.com

 

COMMON GROUND ON THE HILL, Westminster, MD. July.

 

 NEW MEXICO DULCIMER FESTIVAL, Albuquerque, NM, October.

 

AUGUST DULCIMER DAZE,

West Dover, VT.

 

MIDWEST UKE FEST, Folkcraft Instruments, Woodburn, IN, August.

 

INDIANA DULCIMER FESTIVAL, Folkcraft Instruments, Woodburn, IN, July.

 

RETURNING TO THE APPALACHIAN MOUNTAIN DULCIMER’S ROOTS!

Lois and Ehukai have taken time recently to travel to some of the Southern Appalachian region's great fiddle conventions. In the past, these events have given Lois an authentic education in playing exciting old-time fiddle tunes. Her Mel Bay books DULCIMER FIDDLE TUNES and AMERICAN FIDDLE TUNES FOR MOUNTAIN DULCIMER contain dulcimer arrangements of these tunes, and she teaches them to her students. Our goals are to learn new music and to present the mountain dulcimer to old-time musicians and general public, played the best we can as practiced, longtime professional musicians. In the process, Ehukai has won 3 dulcimer championships and Lois has won another 3. (See 'What's New' column.)