Category Archives: Friends of HPP

Karen Mueller to perform at Richfield Historical Society July 17, 7:00 pm


Karen Mueller is readily thought of as an Autoharp and Appalachian dulcimer player by folk music fans, and not without cause.  She was a finalist in the 1985 National Dulcimer Championships and she was crowned the International Autoharp Champion in 1986.  Both contests were held at the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, KS, her home […]

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Roots of the West Bank II, Saturday, June 22, 6:00 pm

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Many of us who had the pleasure of joining The Sorry Muthas at the Cedar Cultural Center last night are coming to the realization that the West Bank can no longer be defined by, or confined to, a particular geographical location.  It is rather a spirit, a philosophy and a world view wrapped up in […]

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Gail Heil – gone but never forgotten

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It is with a deep sense of sadness that we report to you the passing of one of The Homestead Pickin’ Parlor’s earliest instructors and a giant on the old-time music scene nationally.  Gail Heil succumbed to cancer yesterday, May 30, 2013.  Gail taught fiddle, banjo and Autoharp here at The Pickin’ Parlor in the […]

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Two books arranged and recorded by Mike Cramer released by Hal Leonard

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Mike Cramer has joined the list of Homestead Pickin’ Parlor instructors to have books in publication.   Some time ago, Mike was approached by Hal Leonard and invited to submit a recording and transcription of a tune on mandolin.  They had in mind a series of Mandolin Play-Along books, each of which would  include eight tunes each […]

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Mitch Walking Elk wins 2013 Nammy Award for Best Blues Recording!

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By Marv Menzel. Mitch Walking Elk is a buddy of The Homestead Pickin’ Parlor and all of us at HPP are long time fans of Mitch’s music. The 14th Annual Native American Music Awards were held last Friday at the Seneca Niagara Hotel in Niagara Falls, New York. One of the big winners and certainly […]

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Craig Evan’s North American Banjo Builder project

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Craig Evan’s North American Banjo Builder project is getting some great press! Here’s a link to the Star Tribune article. Great work, Craig – we’re so glad you’re getting the recognition you deserve!

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