About Hills of Kentucky Dulcimers
HOKD has been active in the community for over twenty-five years, providing entertaining programs at local schools, libraries, nursing homes, festivals and other venues. We are always welcoming new members and greatly appreciate donations for our performances as we strive to promote the history and music of the Appalachian dulcimer to young and old alike.
Did you know. . . the Appalachian dulcimer was designated as the official state instrument of Kentucky in 2001? Donations received for our performances at various venues also help provide grants to local schools. These funds enable schools to purchase dulcimers and related supplies necessary to further promote the dulcimer and its rich history.
HOKD meets on the first and third Thursday of each month. The purpose of each meeting is to provide instruction, to rehearse for performances, to discuss club business, and to play music.
We primarily feature the mountain dulcimer (a.k.a. Appalachian dulcimer, lap dulcimer, hog fiddle, duckslammer); however, club jams include many other traditional instruments like the washtub bass, mandolin, guitar, autoharp, fiddle, flute, and train whistle, just to name a few. Our library of music is extensive and includes old-time, gospel, and traditional folk music. Meeting jams will progress from a slow pace in consideration of novice players to the fast and furious. There is music for all.
Structured mountain dulcimer instruction is provided for beginner level members. Yearly workshops are provided to members where guest or in-house instructors teach technique and/or new tunes. Several club members offer private dulcimer lessons and many are willing to teach other instruments as well.
Picture above taken by Elaine Caldwell at Carter Caves. The dulcimer is one made by the late and beloved HOKD member and luthier, Ed Weiss.