Gardner Winter Music Festival


Please join us Friday evening 6 pm to 11 pm and all day Saturday 9 am to 11 pm at South Middle School in Morgantown, West Virginia. Admission is $3 on Friday and $5 on Saturday, but musicians with instruments and children under 7 get in free. This covers stage performances as well as participation in the workshops and dances. Everyone is welcome! Don't miss the Swing Dance in the cafeteria Friday night from 7:30 to 9 pm. Come early and learn a new, ''old-time'' dance. The Saturday-evening Square Dance is from 8 pm to 10 pm in the cafeteria, and the caller (Taylor Runner) will teach new dances throughout the evening. There is no additional charge to attend the dances and no experience is necessary. Just have fun!

It all started one cold, snowy winter in 1978....   Shake off those winter blues and come to play or just listen at South Middle School in Morgantown, West Virginia. This festival showcases traditional Appalachian music with continuous on-stage performances, workshops, informal jam sessions, and socializing. GWMF gives traditional Appalachian music lovers a place to play, listen, dance, and learn in the cold dark of winter.

Vendors please Contact Us if you would like to have a table at the festival. Items for sale must be music related.

History of the Gardner Winter Music Festival

Worley Gardner started this festival in 1978 and his late wife Margaret continued it after his passing. A group of traditional-music-loving volunteers keeps it going today. Festival sponsors include PattyFest, Inc. and South Middle School.

Dulcimer Pamphlet and 35th Anniversary Memory Booklet


Worley & Margaret Gardner

To mark the 35th anniversary of GWMF in 2013, Jeff Fedan created a special "memory booklet" where festival participants have shared special photos, thoughts, and memories of their GWMF weekends. A pdf (2.8 MB) of the booklet is here.

Revival of the Hammered Dulcimer by the Gardner Brothers (Worley and Asel Gardner) is a pamphlet briefly describing the history, tuning, and playing of the hammered dulcimer. A pdf is here.