Dulcimer Homecoming

The 4th annual Hindman Dulcimer Homecoming will take place March 8-11, 2018. 

Join us in historic downtown Hindman, KY for a gathering celebrating the mountain dulcimer! Attendees will enjoy nightly concerts, dulcimer workshops and seminars, interactive demonstrations and exhibits, networking opportunities, and lots more!


  • Interactive sessions and workshops from renowned musicians and faculty.
  • Nightly square dances will feature performances from the house band and special guest musicians and callers.
  • Locally-sourced food prepared by our talented kitchen staff.

Get social! Join the Dulcimer Homecoming Facebook group!

The Hindman Dulcimer Homecoming is presented in partnership with the Appalachian Artisan Center.

Explore the tabs below to discover more about the Hindman Dulcimer Homecoming and its staff. To register, click here or the link in the blue banner near the bottom of the page.


Tentative Schedule

Thursday, March 8
3:00pm Registration/Check-In May Stone
5:00pm Welcome & Orientation May Stone-Great Hall
6:00pm Community Potluck Dinner May Stone-Dining Hall
7:00pm Opening Reception & Square Dance May Stone-Great Hall
Friday, March 9 & Saturday, March 10
8:00am Breakfast May Stone-Dining Hall
9:00am Tai Chi with Don Pedi
9:30am Morning Gathering May Stone-Great Hall
11:00am Concurrent Session

Offerings announced soon!

Various Locations
12:30pm Lunch May Stone-Dining Hall
2:00pm Concurrent Session

Offerings announced soon!

Various Locations
3:30pm Seminar

Offerings announced soon!

May Stone-Great Hall
5:00pm One Shot Workshops

Offerings announced soon!

Various Locations
6:00pm Dinner May Stone-Dining Hall
7:00pm Evening Concert & Square Dance May Stone-Great Hall
Sunday, December 3
8:00am Breakfast May Stone-Dining Hall
9:00am Checkout
10:00am Farewell Gathering May Stone-Gathering Place

For concurrent session descriptions, click the “Sessions” tab.


Concurrent Sessions

Session Name (Instructor)
Session Description




Staff Bios

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. This will make his fourth consecutive year teaching at the Hindman Dulcimer Homecoming!

Jon Pickow began his singing career at a very early age, appearing with his mother, Appalachian folksinger Jean Ritchie at concerts and folk festivals throughout the country, including The Newport Folk Festival, The Philadelphia Folk Festival, Fox Hollow and The Mariposa Festival in Canada. He performed with Jean over the years until her retirement in 2009 and has produced, and performed on many of her albums. Jon has appeared recently at the Great American Dulcimer Festival at Pine Mountain State Resort in Pineville, Kentucky, and at Kentucky Music Weekend at the Iroquois Amphitheater in Louisville, Kentucky, which is considered one of the premiere folk festivals of the region.

Lorinda Jones performances on the Celtic Harp and Mountain Dulcimer transports audiences to a place that may remind them of their ancestral roots, a place of peace and tranquility. Performances reflect Lorinda’s background in performing, music education, and music therapy, and are informative and engaging, whether on a concert stage, classroom, retreat, or festival event. Audiences of all ages enjoy the “Historic Charm” of Lorinda’s music.

Ron Pen is a successfully retired 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.

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.

Doug Naselroad’s extensive experience in design and production of stringed musical instruments includes Lead Setup at Collings Guitars in Austin, TX.  He learned many of his techniques from Homer Ledford, the famous dulcimer maker. Doug is a juried member of the Kentucky Craft Marketing Program and a member of the Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen.  During his tenure as Master Artist In Residence at the Appalachian Artisan Center, he founded the Kentucky School of Luthiery in the AAC’s wood studio.



Full Registration (includes all meals, classes, and three-nights lodging): $250
Class Pass (includes sessions, seminars, workshops, and concerts): $60
Meal Pass (includes 3 breakfast, 2 lunch, and 3 dinner): $85
Lodging: $35 per night

Hindman Dulcimer Homecoming includes four concurrent workshop sessions, two seminars, two workshop sessions, evening concerts and dances. Meals include dinner on Thursday through breakfast on Sunday. Our kitchen accommodates vegetarian diets. All on campus housing is cottage-style with a shared bath. For more information on accommodations, click the “About Campus” tab.

To registerclick here or the link in the blue banner near the bottom of the page.

For technical assistance with the online application, email jsmullins@hindmansettlement.org. Please allow ample time for a response.

About Campus

About Campus

The campus is hilly, and there will be some walking during the event. So, bring comfortable shoes. Please detail any mobility issues or concerns during the registration process and we will make every effort to accommodate your needs.

Rooms are simple but comfortable. Bed linens and pillows are provided, but you will need to bring your own towels toiletries. Our facilities utilize shared bathrooms. Consequently, you may wish to bring a robe. There are no telephones or TVs. A small, shared refrigerator is available.

Wireless Internet is available in the May Stone and Stucky buildings. The Knott County Public Library, located adjacent to campus, has public computers available with Internet access.

Depending on you service provider, cell phone coverage is spotty to good. You can leave the main office number (606-785-5475) as an emergency contact number. It is staffed during business hours. After hours, in the event of an emergency, a staff member may be reached at 606-438-5455.

All buildings are air-conditioned and smoke-free.

Pets, firearms, and alcohol are prohibited on School property.

Dress is casual, but shirt and shoes are required.

Our dining hall offers traditional and vegetarian meal options. Please indicate your dietary preference during the registration process. We have a filtered water system at the Dining Hall and public water is supplied from the Carr Fork Reservoir. The tap water is drinkable, but some prefer to bring their own drinking water. Bottled water is also available for purchase on campus.

A Dollar General, a Rite-Aid, and an IGA grocery store are located a few miles down the road. A small convenience store is located within walking distance of campus. A Wal-Mart and other major stores are located in Hazard, which is about 20 minutes away.


Register Now for Dulcimer Homecoming! March 8 - 11, 2018