About Hills of Kentucky Dulcimers
HOKD has been active in the community for over twenty-five years, providing both educational and entertaining programs at local schools, libraries, nursing homes, festivals and other venues. Donations we receive from these performances are greatly appreciated as we strive to promote, to young and old alike, the history and music of the Appalachian dulcimer which was designated as the official state instrument of Kentucky in 2001.
These donations, along with yearly membership dues, are used to further promote the dulcimer and its rich history in several ways, including:
- Providing grants that enable local schools (where the Appalachian culture is part of the curriculum) to purchase dulcimers and related supplies
- Providing members, of all ages, regular structured mountain dulcimer instruction * Club meetings are on the first and third Thursday of each month to provide instruction, to rehearse for performances, to discuss club business, and to play music. * Beginner level classes (6 week sessions) are provided twice a year. * Yearly workshops are held 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.
HOKD primarily features the Appalachian dulcimer (a.k.a. mountain dulcimer, lap dulcimer, hog fiddle, and 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.
We are always welcoming new members and would love to have you join us as we continue to promote the history and music of the Appalachian dulcimer to young and old alike.
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.