The Heartland Dulcimer Club is a group of musicians who enjoy playing traditional instruments. The club meets at 6:30 pm on the first and third Monday of every month (excluding major holidays) at the First Presbyterian Church, 1016 Pear Orchard Road in Elizabethtown KY. Instruments are acoustic and include: Mountain and Hammered Dulcimer, guitar, banjo, autoharp, ukulele, fiddle, mandolin, harmonica, and more. The group plays a variety of music from traditional to classical.
The club started in 1994. Each year, the HDC sponsors a weekend festival for like-minded musicians. The festival is normally held on the first weekend in November. The event begins on Friday night with vendors, a meal, and jam sessions. On Saturday, there are instructional sessions with well-known artists from around the country. The event peaks with a concert on Saturday evening by the artist/instructors and the Heartland Dulcimer Club Orchestra. The concert from the 2017 festival was featured on Kentucky Educational Television.
Meetings: The group meets for a short meeting and jam session the first and third Monday of each month at the First Presbyterian Church at 1016 Pear Orchard Road in Elizabethtown. The meetings are held from 6:30-8:30P.M. and are open to guests. Additional rehearsals may be scheduled as needed.
** Note: Public meetings have been canceled as of March 16, 2020 until further notice due to COVID-19. Meetings continue to be held via the Zoom platform on our regular schedule.**
New Members: Prospective members attend at least one meeting prior to making the decision to join the club. Membership forms are available at the club meetings.
Playdates: The club frequently performs for community and private events. Members are encouraged to learn the music and play for performances as they feel ready. Performance attire is required.
Festival: The club sponsors a festival the first weekend of November each year. The festival attracts many participants from several states. There is a jam session on Friday night, classes on Saturday and a concert on Saturday night. The club performs at the concert along with the class instructors.
**We regret to announce that the Festival for 2020 is canceled due to COVID-19. See you in 2021!!**
Dues: Initial dues are $35 and includes access to club music ($35/family). Subsequent annual dues are $20 ($20/family). Dues must be paid to the treasurer during the month of January each year. Membership is forfeited if dues are not received by January 31st.
Club Education: The club may sponsor workshops for improving skills of members throughout the year. These sessions are highly recommended for members and offered at a reduced rate or free of charge.
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Heartland Dulcimer Club Performs multicultural songs at the 2016 Heartland Dulcimer Club Fest