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Nutmeg Dulcimer Festival

Nutmeg Dulcimer Festival, Milford, CT

The Nutmeg Dulcimer Festival is held every October in southern Connecticut. We are a Friday-Saturday festival, with a full program of workshops for hammered and mountain dulcimer players of all levels. In addition, concerts both evenings are open to the general public.We believe that hammered dulcimers and mountain dulcimers are among the world's most wonderful musical instruments. They're fun to play, and fun to listen to. They belong in both folk music and popular music.  Our mission is to bring dulcimers and dulcimer music into public awareness. In addition to teaching, Rob Brereton and Thomasina Levy will perform Friday 10/19/18 at 7:30. Call for tickets and directions in. 



Melodies and Musings

Guntersville Recreation Center, 1500 Sunset Drive, Guntersville, Alabama

September 26-28 Rob Brereton, Jeff Furman, Jessica Comeau, Sarah Kate Morgan

As part of a National Endowment for the Arts and Alabama State Council on the Arts grant to honor and preserve Appalachian music and family stories.

Come Join the Fun!3 Great Days on Beautiful Lake Guntersville

Melodies, Musings, good food, good fellowship, boating, fishing, golfing, shopping, and just relaxing.

Regional dulcimer vendors, Appa- lachian music, concerts, open stage and much, much more!

see website for details


John Denver Sing-along Night

Merryall Center, 8 Chapel Hill Rd, New Milford, CT

Rob and friends will perform an entire evening of John Denver‘s greatest hits, as well as some of our favorites that never made it to the top 40. Download your favorite JD lyrics and sing along with us!   


Rob Brereton

Rob Brereton is considered one of the pioneers in contemporary mountain dulcimer playing. His years of studying classical guitar have polished his playing style while his degree in music theory and composition has given him a fresh approach to arranging.

Rob was one of the first dulcimer players to arrange extensively in chromatic and other alternate tunings. Although he specializes in the standards and early jazz tunes of Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, and the like, Rob is equally adept at playing the more traditional celtic, Appalachian, old time, and other dulcimer repertoire.

Rob has taught all levels of dulcimer at most major music festivals and folk schools across the country. He has won several awards for his playing including a coveted Winfield National flatpicking award. Rob was one of the organizers of the Housatonic Dulcimer Celebration and continues to organize the occasional Dulcimer Cruise. He has been playing dulcimer for over 30 years and has been an internationally recognized performer and instructor since his first CD was released in 1992. David Schnaufer called Rob's playing "...strong and innovative."

Rob's music is featured on his CD, Someone to Watch Over Me available for download on iTunes, CD Baby, and most other music download sites. 

In addition, Rob teaches K-6 music and has many private students. He also composes, arranges, and he directs several choirs near his home in CT. If you're interested in Rob teaching privately or at a venue, feel free to contact him. Much to his friends' dismay, he also yodels. Please don't hold this against him.