Heartland Dulcimer Club

The Heartland Dulcimer Club is a group of musicians who enjoy playing traditional instruments. The club meets at 6:30 pm on the second and fourth Monday of every month (excluding major holidays) at Our Place, 790 North Dixiein 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 and 2019 festivals were featured on Kentucky Educational Television. Below is the link for the 25th Anniversary Concert from November 2nd, 2019:
Click Here to view the HDC 25th Anniversary Concert 
Become a Playing Member
  • Meetings: The group meets for a short meeting and jam session the second and fourth Monday of each month at the Our Place, 790 North Dixie, 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 2021 is canceled due to COVID-19.  See you in 2022!!**

  • 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.

Privileges of Membership:

  • Access to the club music library
  • Discount on club DVD/CD's
  • Club rates for workshops offered by the club
  • Access to the "Members Only" section of the website
  • Performances with the group

Responsibilities of Membership:

  • Become familiar with club by-laws and mission statement
  • Attendance at club meetings, rehearsals and performances
  • Participation in instructional offerings
  • Involvement in the annual festival

Book a Performance 

The Heartland Dulcimer Club members perform frequently in the Elizabethtown and surrounding area at community-sponsored events, nursing homes, private functions, etc. If interested in booking a performance, contact the club by email at heartlanddulcimer@gmail.com or send a written request to:
Mailing Address:
Heartland Dulcimer Club
P.O. Box 1163
Elizabethtown, KY 42702

Click here to donate to the Heartland Dulcimer Club or click on the "Friends of the Heartland Dulcimer Club tab for more information!

2022 Executive Board

  • President, Martha Richard
  • Vice-President, Lorinda Jones 
  • Treasurer, Joan Klotz 
  • Secretary, Carolyn Warren 
  • Historian,  
  • Public Relations,  
  • Librarian, Claudia Tamplin
  • Program Director, Betty Grusy
  • Music Director, Jaime Smith
For more information about the festival, membership, CD/DVD sales, see the appropriate tab at the top of this site or for more information please email us at heartlanddulcimer@gmail.com

The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, provides American Rescue Plan funds to the Heartland Dulcimer Club with federal funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.  

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Heartland Dulcimer Club Performs multicultural songs at the 2016 Heartland Dulcimer Club Fest