Start date: 08/03/24
End date: 09/03/24
All-day event
Location: Chiusavecchia, Imperia, Italy
Concerts | Other Event | Workshops

Teacher: Brett Ridgeway
Enrolment deadline: 8 February 2024

The first-ever Mountain/Appalachian Dulcimer workshop held in Italy, taught by an esteemed American teacher with decades of experience, based in Pennsylvania and in Europe for the first time.

This two-day workshop will be taught in the beautiful olive mill of Roccanegra, Chiusavecchia (province of Imperia) and will culminate in a final concert involving all participants on Saturday night, 9th March. On Friday 8th March there will also be the possibility of booking a dinner and concert of Brett’s in Ristorante Ramoino, also in Chiusavecchia (price: 35 euros all-inclusive to be paid directly to the restaurant on the night).

Lessons will be suitable for both BEGINNERS who have never played a mountain dulcimer as well as INTERMEDIATE / ADVANCED players who are already familiar with the instrument and would like to hone their skills in this repertoire.

Course description:

Lessons will focus on improving techniques, learning songs, styles and ornamentation used in traditional North American music.

For those interested in ukulele and banjo lessons, please contact the organisers at It to organise a time and day during the workshop week. Participants will need to bring their own instrument.


  • Friday 8th March: 10am, student registration in the Roccanegra olive mill, Chiusavecchia, where all lessons and the final concert will take place. Lessons: 11am – 1pm and 3pm – 5pm.
  • Saturday 9th March, lessons 11am – 1pm and 3pm – 5pm, followed by the final concert at 9 pm.

Accommodation and meals:

Roccanegra olive mill is in the village of Chiusavecchia, Imperia, which boasts both restaurants and cafes. A discounted rate at local venues will be negotiated depending on numbers. Participants who require accommodation will receive a list of nearby B&Bs/farmstays and help with booking them if necessary.


Participants who require an instrument should let the organisers know as soon as possible. Dulcimer hire will be charged separately and will depend on the number of instruments requested: participants requiring a dulcimer will be notified in good time of the final cost.


  • Mountain dulcimer full two-day workshop plus concert: $US95
  • Mountain dulcimer one-day workshop: $US45
  • Ukulele / Banjo lessons – €25 per 1 hour to be paid on the day of your lesson.

For a booking form please contact the organisers at