About Hills of Kentucky Dulcimers

The Hills of Kentucky Dulcimer Club is a non-profit organization with over 150 members active in the community, providing entertaining programs at local schools, libraries, nursing homes, festivals and other venues. We strive to promote the rich history and music of the Appalachian lap dulcimer to young and old alike.

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 the washtub bass, mandolin, guitar, autoharp, fiddle, flute, train whistle, and other traditional instruments. 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.

Mountain dulcimer instruction is provided for beginning and intermediate levels. Structured instruction is offered. We invite guest instructors to teach technique or a new tune. Many club members 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.