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About The Louisville Dulcimer Society

The Louisville Dulcimer Society is dedicated to the preservation of traditional American folk music and the mountain or Appalachian dulcimer. In addition to performing, the society holds a weekly jam session and provides instruction for beginners. We also have special events throughout the year. We love to have have visitors and welcome new members, so please feel free to stop on by.


The Louisville Dulcimer Society began spontaneously at a Christmas party given by Nancy Barker for her dulcimer students in 1978. She taught dulcimer lessons at the downtown Doo Wop shop.
The club’s first meetings were held at Mario’s Pizza and later at the Boy Scout Center, Water Tower, Harvey Browne Presbyterian Church and the present location, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.
Some of the original members were Vera Frazier, Betty Steudle, Susie Hutchinson, and Anne McFie.
The Louisville Dulcimer Society organized the first Ohio Valley Gathering at Clifty Falls State Park in 1986 and continued to run it until it became a separate and incorporated entity in 2011.
The club has been privileged to perform at an impressive variety of venues including conventions, fairs, schools, clubs, historic celebrations, retirement and convalescent homes and holiday parties.


For a copy of our by-laws see: LDS Bylaws