The Louisville Dulcimer Society
The Louisville Dulcimer Society is dedicated to the preservation of traditional American folk music and the mountain or Appalachian dulcimer. While the focus of the society is the mountain dulcimer, the group also welcomes other traditional acoustic instruments. The group currently includes hammered dulcimer, fiddle, banjo, guitar, pennywhistle, washtub bass and others.
The Mountain Dulcimer
The mountain or Appalachian dulcimer is an American folk instument originally found primarily in the hills of the Appalachian region. Simpler to make and easy to learn to play, it was an alternative to more complex instruments such as the fiddle, guitar or banjo. Its modest volume made it ideal for playing in the parlor or pickin' and singin' on the front porch. An excellent short history can be found at wikipedia.
The society plays a wide variety of traditional music from standard fiddle tunes to Celtic reels and Stephen Foster classics.The club maintains an extensive library of dulcimer tabulature available to members as well as featuring new songs in each month's newsletter.
The club performs at a variety of venues throughout the year. We are a non-profit organization and do not charge a fee, although donations are gratefully accepted. For further information see Performances.