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Hammered Dulcimers, Mountain Dulcimers, & Autoharps

What we’re about:

QuADAS (Quakertown Area Dulcimer & Autoharp Society) is a group of good folks who are interested in learning more about playing the hammered dulcimer, mountain dulcimer, and/or autoharp. We come in all different shapes and sizes and skill levels. Some of us are just starting out on one of these instruments and others of us have been playing for years, but all of us can learn from one another. We typically break up into groups based on our level and instrument with one of our more advanced players, learn some good music and playing technique, and then we all come together for a group jam session. Beginners are welcome to join us!

Where we play: The Zwingli United Church of Christ in Souderton has welcomed us to its community. QuADAS [kwah-dus] is easily accessible from Bucks County, Lehigh County, and Montgomery County in eastern Pennsylvania. We also have members from New Jersey who make the short and scenic trek across the Delaware River. You can find directions here.

When we play: We meet on the second and fourth Mondays of each month from 7:00 to 9:00PM

What we’ve been working on…

  • Hammered Dulicmers: Change Has Come, Doodler’s Reel, Harvest Home, Maggie Brown’s Favorite, Shepherd’s Hey, Simple Gifts/Pachabel’s Cannon, Whistling Swan, White Choral Bells
  • Mountain Dulcimers: Blind Mary, Child Grove, Cluck Old Hen, Elk River Blues, Sally Ann Johnson, Scarboro Fair, Scotland the Brave, The Water is Wide
  • All: The Ash Grove, Ashokan Farewell, Black Mountain Rag, The Black Nag, Bonaparte Crossing the Rhine, Come By the Hills, Down By the Sally Garden, Dulcimer Grove, Flop Eared Mule, Flowers of Edinburgh, Give Me Joy in My Heart, Golden Slippers, Hard Times, I’ll Fly Away, Irish Washer Woman, Josephine’s Waltz, Lad O’Bierne’s Jig, Liberty, Lullaby for Ruthie, Midnight on the Water, Mississippi Sawyer, Mountains of Mourne, Off to California, Old Joe Clark, Over the Waterfall, Rakes of Mallow, Red Haired Boy, Red Wing, Si Bheag Si Mhor, Soldier’s Joy, Spotted Pony, Southwind
    CHRISTMAS: Away in a Manger (both versions), Christmas is Coming the Goose is Getting Fat, Joy to the World, In the Bleak Mid Winter, Frosty the Snowman

Links to scores are available on the MUSIC LIST.

CLICK HERE to view the QuADAS YOUTUBE CHANNEL
CLICK HERE to view Jonathan Widgins’ photos from the 9/27/2015 concert or CLICK HERE to view Jonathan’s video compilation from the concert.