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A Colorado Tradition For A Quarter Century

August 24th, 25th, 26th 2007

Soda Springs Park

Manitou Springs, Colorado

At The Foot Of Pike's Peak

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Review Our 2007 Performance Schedule HERE.

Featured Performers

Robert Force

ROBERT FORCE has done as much to keep the mountain dulcimer alive and kicking in America as Jean Ritchie or John Jacob Niles - but in ways that those venerable performers likely never imagined. An honored educator, acclaimed author (of the best-selling InSearch Of The Wild Dulcimer, among others), populist, activist - Robert's protean abilities and amazingly diverse interests always seem to express themselves most clearly in the technical brilliance, range, and originality of his dulcimer playing, songwriting, and singing. His monologues and stories, by turns hilarious and profound, are world-class as well.

Robert plays his well-known composition "Wellyn" at the 2006 Mountain Music Festival With Bing Futch


Bob Haworth

From his decades-long stints with The Kingston Trio and The Brothers Four to his distinguished career as a soloist and his recent "Concerts For A Cure" benefit programs in support of Parkinson's disease research, BOB HAWORTH has always been an engaging and delightful performer. A virtuoso musician and master of scores of instruments, a magician on guitar and both four and five string banjos, a singer both deeply introspective and wildly humorous, Bob is a genuine one man band - quite literally in fact when "Bob O'Luney" shows up to delight the crowd. "Both" Bobs are beloved fixtures at the MMF.

Bob Sings "Colorado Christmas" With Dave Batti, Tom Ivey, and Matt Cartsonis In "Concerts For A Cure"


Judy Piazza

is the very embodiment of the concept of world music. Her artistry is rooted in the rhythms and melodies of peoples and cultures from around the world - from ethereal Native American chants to the delicate gossamer strains of her dulcimer and guitar work to the haunting echoes of the aboriginal didgeridoo to the powerful beat of the many drums and percussion instruments of which she is master. Judy's vocals and stories weave these disparate musical elements into a seamless and unforgettable performance.


Michael Johnson

MICHAEL JOHNSON has had an unanticipated schedule conflict and will not be able to perform at the MMF this year. We wish him the best and eagerly look forward to his return to Manitou Springs in 2008!


Cripple Creek

Start with a couple of folks whose craft at making mountain dulcimers is matched only by their mastery at playing them, add a world-class tenor banjo player, throw in a robust tenor vocalist whose own songs have the simple eloquence of a Guthrie or Paxton, mix in an angelic songstress and a bassist to anchor your sound on - and you have Manitou's own CRIPPLE CREEK. Through decades of performance and multiple CDs, this band has delivered roots music, gospel, Americana, satire, protest, and just about anything else you could call folk in rich four part harmony - and with a delightful sense of humor that consistently leaves everyone smiling, usually as they're singing along.


The Chilly Winds

THE CHILLY WINDS blow into Manitou Springs for the third time, bringing with them a style that evokes memories of the popular folk groups of the early 1960s. Their driving rhythms and gentle harmonies will take you back to a simpler and earlier time that comes to life in their songs, many of which you'll remember and othersthat you'll wish you had.

The Chilly Winds Sing "To Be Redeemed" With Dave Batti At The MMF


Bing Futch

BING FUTCH is one of the younger stars of the burgeoning mountain dulcimer scene who has a respect for the traditions of his instrument and a passion for innovation with it. Bing can rock, Bing can folk, Bing can work unexpected wonders with his faithful friend of walnut wood, Angelique. His original and provocative songs will so completely engage your mind that you likely won't notice that your foot has been tapping all along until it's too late to stop.

Bing Plays His "Nowhere, Nevada" In Live Performance At Fodor's Grove


DAKOTA BLONDE is an exciting late addition to the MMF2007 lineup because they are exciting performers who have been exciting a lot of major attention in the greater Rocky Mountain region and well beyond, from North Carolina's legendary MerleFest to Kansas' Walnut Valley Festival and most everywhere in between. With four critically acclaimed CDs released and an eclectic mix of folk and country with a tinge of the Celtic, Dakota Blonde brings to each performance their signature tight harmonies and onstage warmth, a combination that makes each show - did we say? - exciting.

ROZ BROWN brings his autoharp and amazingly diverse song bag to the Mountain Music Festival. Long a mainstay at the Buckhorn Exchange Restaurant in Denver and popular as a solo performer throughout Colorado and the mountain West, Roz presents folk, country, cowboy, roots, and Americana music with a unique flair and sensitivity. After hearing Roz, you'll have a new appreciation for both the autoharp and for the magic Roz creates with it - and you'll love his stories almost as much!

JIM YOUNG is the pride of Southern Colorado's singer-songwriters, and no other artist matches Jim's subtle combinations of the diverse strains and rhythms that have shaped the music and the peoples of his beloved Southwest. In Jim's voice and guitar, you can hear a bit of cowboy, a bit of country, a bit of Spanish - and if you close your eyes, you can see the landscape he sings of stretching to the far horizon.

The Alpine Junction Bluegrass Band comes chugging down the mountain from Evergreen Colorado to deliver a mixture of bluegrass and country, along with a taste of original acoustic music designed to keep toes a-tappin’ and hearts a-thumpin’. So clear the tracks and try to catch a glimpse as Alpine Junction roars by full speed ahead.
...and for a preview of the musical fun - here are Bob Haworth, Robert Force, Tom Ivey, Dave Batti, and the Chilly Winds in a group rendition of "You Ain't Goin' Nowhere" at the MMF!