Gardner Winter Music Festival

We had a great time! See you in 2016.

Please join us Fri. & Sat., Feb. 26 and 27, 2016

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. Everyone is welcome and musicians get in free with their instruments! Please join us Friday evening 6 pm to 11 pm and all day Saturday 9 am to 11 pm, February 26 and 27, 2016. Don't miss the Square Dance in the cafeteria from 8 to 10 pm.

As a special treat in 2015, we had the Davis and Elkins Appalachian Ensemble performing in the auditorium from 6:30 to 7:30 pm on Saturday. You can get a taste of their music in their YouTube video here: Davis and Elkins Appalachian Ensemble Promo. More videos are here.

Taylor Runner, our 2015 Heritage Award Recipient

Every year the Heritage Award is presented on Saturday during the Gardner Festival to an individual or group who has significantly contributed to the awareness and preservation of traditional music.

We are excited to announce that this year's Heritage Award winner is Taylor Runner, whom many of you know as our caller for the Saturday night square dance at this festival. Taylor learned to call dances from Worley Gardner in the 1970s and continues the tradition today. He is a very popular caller and “passes it on” by teaching others to call dances.

We salute Taylor for his continuing service to the dance community. Learn more about Taylor Runner.

He received his award at 7:30 pm Saturday night and then called the square dance at 8 pm.

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.

General Admission: $3 Friday, $5 Saturday, and musicians get in free both days with instrument. We ask all musicians to please sign in both days so we have an accurate count (for potential grants) and to get your contact information for next year.

Dulcimer Pamphlet and 35th Anniversary Memory Booklet


Worley & Margaret Gardner

To mark the 35th anniversary of GWMF in 2013, Jeff Fedan put together 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.