Hindman Dulcimer Homecoming

Experience the dulcimer in historic Hindman!

Join us November 10-13, 2016 in Hindman, KY for the third annual Hindman Dulcimer Homecoming!

Attendees will enjoy nightly concerts, dulcimer workshops and seminars, interactive demonstrations and exhibits, networking opportunities, and lots more! Refer to the tab below for the full schedule.

The $60 registration fee covers tuition, materials, opening reception, concerts, and closing brunch. Optional housing and meal plans may also be purchased during the registration process.

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November 10-13, 2016

Historic Hindman, KY

$60 (plus optional lodging and meals)

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Tentative Schedule
All times and dates are subject to change.

Thursday, November 10
2:00pm Registration/Check-In HSS – May Stone Building
7:00pm Opening Reception & Evening Concert

Enjoy finger foods and refreshments alongside interactive exhibits our new folk instrument collection.

AAC – Cody Studios Building
Friday, November 11
8:30am Breakfast* HSS-May Stone Building
10:00am Workshops AAC- Cody Studios
11:30am Lunch (On-Your-Own)
1:00pm Workshops AAC – Cody Studios
3:00pm Seminar:


AAC-Cody Studios Building
6:00pm Dinner* HSS-May Stone Building
7:00pm Evening Concert HSS-May Stone Building
Saturday, November 12
8:30am Breakfast* HSS-May Stone Building
10:00am Workshops AAC – Cody Studios
11:30am Lunch (On-Your-Own)
1:00pm Workshops AAC – Cody Studios
3:00pm Seminar:


AAC – Cody Studios
6:00pm Dinner* HSS-May Stone Building
7:00pm Evening Concert HSS-May Stone Building
Sunday, November 13
10:00am Check-Out
Say farewell and safe travels home!

*Requires meal plan add-on.


Don Pedi has been playing dulcimer for 35 years and is known for his timeless and fluid mountain style that can match a fiddler note-for-note. He is in great demand at festivals and workshops and appeared in the film Songcatcher. Don performed at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival during a celebration of music from Appalachia, Mali and Scotland.

Rob Lackey was born and raised in the Cookson Hills of Eastern Oklahoma. After playing the guitar since a small child he discovered the dulcimer in the mid 1980’s, though he had seen them in the Arkansas Ozarks in the 1970’s. A new love was born when he purchased his first dulcimer and began to attempt to transfer the finger style in which he predominantly played to that instrument. After coming to West Virginia he began to play the instrument in earnest again and is a favorite on the traditional music scene there.

Randy Wilson is director of the Folk Arts Education Program at Hindman Settlement School. He has worked in folk arts in Eastern Kentucky schools and the surrounding communities for more than 25 years, sharing music, songs, stories and dance.

Cari Norris has been performing and teaching old-time music for more than 20 years. As a small child, she often was in the care of her grandmother, Lily May Ledford, who sang and rocked her during long drawn-out bedtimes. Cari was fortunate to attend Hindman Settlement School’s “Family Folk Week” with her family starting in 1981 when she was 11 years old. Through those camps, she became familiar with the music of Jean Ritchie and studied banjo with Lee Sexton, Rich Kirby and Phil Jamison. She taught herself to play the dulcimer in high school, taking Jean Ritchie’s playing as her example.

Molly McCormack is from Louisville, Kentucky where she has enjoyed playing, performing and teaching on both the mountain and hammer dulcimers since 1992.  Her musical interests are varied and she is a natural teacher.  She performs traditional and folk music as well as blues and many contemporary tunes, both instrumental and vocal and teaches at dulcimer events across the country.

Ron Pen is a Professor in Musicology at the University of Kentucky where he also serves as Director of the John Jacob Niles Center for American Music. His ongoing scholarship includes research on the history of old time music and early folk music collections.






Lodging during the Hindman Dulcimer Homecoming is offered through the Hindman Settlement School.

The Settlement School offers several types of housing facilities. If you add lodging during the registration process, you will be able to select either single or double occupancy rooms. You can also make roommate and/or facility requests and we will attempt to honor all requests.

Housing Rates:

  • Single Occupancy: $55 per person/night
  • Double Occupancy: $45 per person/night

For more information on the accommodations at the Settlement School, visit their website by clicking here.


A listing of vendors will be available soon. 

If you are interested in exhibiting or selling at the Homecoming, please complete this online form and submit it no later than October 14, 2016. There is no cost to exhibit, but space is limited.

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