Back in 1976, when Dick and Anne Albin proposed to the Kentucky
Department of Parks a weekend music festival dedicated to the
mountain and hammered dulcimer, neither party had ever heard of
such a thing being done before. Some wondered if the idea would
fly at all – a whole weekend of music on a couple of little-known folk
instruments most people couldn’t identify,
if they’d ever seen one.  

It flew, and thirty-nine years later, the
Great American Dulcimer Convention is still
going strong in its original venue,
Pine Mountain State Resort Park.  

Someday, we’d like to determine who hosts the
longest-running dulcimer festival in America –
it could very well be us!  
ONE OF THE LONGEST
RUNNING MUSIC
FESTIVALS IN AMERICA
The GADC, in its early years, was largely an
outdoor happening all around the Herndon J.
Evans Lodge and the Native Wildflower Garden
and Amphitheater. In the evenings, the audience
caravaned to the enormous Laurel Cove
Natural Amphitheater, to sit on large
sandstone boulders and plank benches.
Against the dramatic backdrop of a sheer cliff,
In later years the C.V. Whitney Convention
Center was constructed at Pine Mountain State
Resort Park, and the GADC moved indoors.
with a reflecting pond at their feet,
our artists performed, showered
chilling experience and when rain fell,
the Clear Creek Baptist Bible College
down the mountain generously allowed
our evening concerts to be held in their
church sanctuary.
From the beginning, Dick and Anne worked
closely with
Pine Mountain’s Park Naturalists,
initially Jim Ettman, s
ucceded by Barry
Howard and Dean
Henson. Now Beth Byrnes
co-ordinates with Anne MacFie (formerly
Albin) who has directed the festival since
2007.

Today the dulcimer movement has four decades of phenomenal growth behind it.  We’ve
seen both mountain and hammered dulcimer techniques skyrocket from simple folk
styles to sophisticated musicianship; the GADC embraces a place for both and
everything in between. Such dulcimer legends as Jean Ritchie and David Schnaufer  
have graced our stage and classrooms, as well as a host of other brilliant dulcimer
artists, eager to share their knowledge and enthusiasm.  We take great satisfaction in
the part this momentous event has played in introducing three generations of dulcimer
players to the instrument that became their passion, through the performances,
instruction, and friendship that have been the heart of the GADC down through the years.
EVERYONE
WELCOME!!
THE CONCERTS
AND FREE
WORKSHOPS
OR ANY
COMBINATION
YOU WANT.


STAY AT THE
LODGE, CAMP
AT CUMBERLAND
GAP NATIONAL
PARK, OR ONE
OF THE
AREA'S FINE
MOTELS AND
ENJOY A WEEKEND
OF MUSIC AND FUN.
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