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April 8th, 9th, 10th 2021

Event Schedule

Thursday, April 8th

11:00am → 12:30pm EST
Pre-Event Orientation
Howdy Jam and Introductions with Dr. Ron Pen

12:45pm → 1:30pm EST
Intermission
Lunch Break Programming

1:30pm → 2:30pm EST
Workshop (intermediate)
Old Time Music for Dulcimer with Don Pedi
Strumming and fretting techniques applied to a selection of traditional songs and tunes collected from authentic sources throughout Southern Appalachia.

2:45pm → 3:45pm EST
Workshop
Playing in Different Keys without the Capo with Lorinda Jones

4:00pm → 5:00pm EST
Lecture
Homecoming with the Ritchie Family with Dr. Ron Pen
A front porch conversation about the “Singing Family of the Cumberlands” with historical overview, personal reminiscences, and discussion of repertory and style.

5:00pm → 7:00pm EST
Intermission
Supper Time!

7:00pm → 8:30pm EST
Concert
Concert with Faculty & Friends

Friday, April 9th

10:30am → 11:30am EST
Workshop (beginner)
Beginning Dulcimer with Randy Wilson

11:45am → 12:45pm EST
Workshop (advanced)
“Road to Maysville” with Sarah Kate Morgan
Learn this unique and moody, mid-tempo old-time tune from the playing of Eastern Kentucky fiddler JP Fraley. She’ll share the basic arrangement plus a few regional variations that you had incorporate to create your own take on this tune. C · G · C tuning.

12:45pm → 1:30pm EST
Intermission
Lunch Break Programming

1:30pm → 2:30pm EST
Workshop
Irish Tunes on the Mountain Dulcimer with Lorinda Jones

2:45pm → 3:45pm EST
Workshop (intermediate)
Old Time Songs with Don Pedi
These are fun, simple, and clever songs from the southern mountains.

4:00pm → 5:00pm EST
Lecture
150 Years of Building the Mountain Dulcimer with Doug Naselroad
A deep-dive into the woodworking technique of James Edward Thomas (a.k.a, Uncle Ed) and his dulcimer descendants.

5:00pm → 7:00pm EST
Intermission
Supper Time!

7:00pm → 8:30pm EST
Concert
Concert with Faculty & Friends

Saturday, April 10th

10:30am → 11:30am EST
Workshop (beginner)
Beginning Dulcimer with Randy Wilson

11:45am → 12:45pm EST
Workshop (beginner)
Instant Variations for New Players with Sarah Kate Morgan

12:45pm → 1:30pm EST
Intermission
Lunch Break Programming

1:30pm → 2:30pm EST
Workshop (intermediate)
From Drones to Chords with Lorinda Jones

2:45pm → 3:45pm EST
Workshop (intermediate)
Old Time Songs with Don Pedi
These are fun, simple, and clever songs from the southern mountains.

4:00pm → 5:00pm EST
Lecture
Homecoming with Homer Ledford by Dr. Ron Pen
Musician and celebrated luthier Homer Ledford of Winchester, Kentucky crafted enough string instruments to outfit an orchestra or two, as well as over 5,776 dulcimers. His instruments perfected earlier models based on “Uncle” Ed Thomas and Jethro Amburgey. He also created innovative hybrid instruments such as the Dulcijo and Dulcibro. This lecture will feature an informal conversation about Homer’s life and works along with an engaging documentary film titled Instrument Maker: Homer Ledford, created in 2004 for KET.

5:00pm → 7:00pm EST
Intermission
Supper Time!

7:00pm → 8:30pm EST
Concert
Free Flying Farewell with Faculty & Friends

Event Staff

Don Pedi
Musician
Don Pedi is a Traditional Mountain Musician who started playing the dulcimer in 1968. Don is known for developing a playing style for the fretted mountain dulcimer that can match a fiddle, note for note, while maintaining the rhythms and characteristics of traditional music.
Over the decades, he’s been recognized and honored for collecting, preserving and performing Traditional Appalachian music.
Since 1985 Don has championed folk music as an on-air host at NPR affiliate Blue Ridge Public Radio WCQS 88.1 in Asheville, NC. His weekly show “Close to Home” airs on Saturdays, locally from 8:00-10:00pm
(Eastern Time) and simultaneously streams on the web. Don has appeared in the motion pictures “The Song Catcher” and “The Journey of August King”, as well as a number of documentaries and music specials.
Sarah Kate Morgan
Musician
Sarah Kate Morgan started her musical journey at 7 years old when she was introduced to old-time music through a dulcimer that her grandfather built. From there, she has gone on to develop a uniquely intricate- and virtuosic-style inspired by the traditional Appalachian music she grew up with in rural East Tennessee.
At 18, Sarah placed 1st at the 2012 National Mountain Dulcimer Championships held in Winfield, KS. She recently graduated from Morehead State University in eastern Kentucky with degrees in Traditional Music, Appalachian Studies, and Arts Administration. Sarah Kate also performs as a regular member of the Michelle Canning Band, calls square dances, attempts to quilt and grow things in her garden, and works at the Hindman Settlement School in eastern Kentucky as the Traditional Arts Education Director.
Randy Wilson
Folk Arts Director Emeritus
Randy Wilson is folk arts director emeritus at the Hindman Settlement School. He spent 35 years in the schools and community doing a multitude of tutorials for students and adults on the dulcimer. Currently he does dulcimer lessons for folks at the Appalachian Artisan Center. You may find those performances for beginners on facebook as they are posted weekly from the artisan center. He also taught dulcimer to community folks at the downtown luthier’s shop for 10 years. Mr. Wilson is a multi instrumentalist. Besides the dulcimer he plays banjo, guitar, and concertina. He has a great collection of period banjos from Africa to Appalachia. As a performer, he has played for the Smithsonian Folk Festival on the national mall, Fiddle Tunes on the Puget Sound and cultural exchanges from Alaskan natives culture to Puerto Ricans in the Bronx. Join Mr. Wilson in a dulcimer class. Everybody comes away with a tune and a smile.
Dr. Ron Pen
Professor and Director Emeritus
Dr. Ron Pen is a performer and scholar of the music of the Appalachian region. A founding member of the Appalachian Association of Sacred Harp Singers, with whom he performed on A Prairie Home Companion, Ron is now Professor and Director Emeritus of the John Jacob Niles Center for American Music at the University of Kentucky. He is the author of I Wonder As I Wander, a biography of folk icon John Jacob Niles. Ron began fiddling fifty years ago in Rockbridge County, VA and has since participated in various workshops and festivals across the region including Hindman Settlement School’s Folk Week, Augusta’s Old-Time and Singing weeks, Berea’s Christmas Dance School, Swannanoa Gathering, and Hindman’s Dulcimer Homecoming. He has also performed music across the globe with the Red State Ramblers and recently shared shape note singing with Sufi chant in Lancashire, England. He is currently beginning a biography of Jean Ritchie for the University Press of Kentucky.
Lorinda Jones
Author / Musician
Lorinda Jones met “The Friendly Dulcimer” from David Cross at a music educators conference in the 1980’s. She built her first dulcimer and met Jean Ritchie that same weekend that changed the trajectory of her music career. As she “rediscovered” her roots, having grown up in the knobs of southern Kentucky, she became dedicated to preserving that rich community of folk music through teaching, playing, publications and even in her music therapy work across central Kentucky and on a regional and national level. She has numerous books and CDs and currently performs with an all female Irish trio, Skylark, playing dulcimer, harp and whistle, focusing on the ancient music of Ireland.
Doug Naselroad
Master Luthier
Doug Naselroad is a Master Luthier from Mt. Sterling, Kentucky. He is a former employee of Collings Guitars in Austin, Texas and owner of Naselroad Guitars, including the “Our Harps” brand of door harps. Doug began building instruments in 1969 with the help of Homer Ledford and is founder of the Hindman Dulcimer Homecoming, the Appalachian School of Luthiery, the Museum of the Mountain Dulcimer, co-author of the Culture of Recovery, Director of the Troublesome Creek Stringed Instrument Company and host of the Knott Downtown Radio Hour, all in Hindman, Kentucky. He has constructed more than 10,000 instruments to date, some of which were pretty good.

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Friday, April 9th

“Road to Maysville” with Sarah Kate Morgan

Irish Tunes on the Mountain Dulcimer with Lorinda Jones

Saturday, April 10th