Back in 1976, when Dick Albin and I 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 forty-two years later, the
Great American Dulcimer Convention is still
The GADC became an annual event at
Pine Mountain State Park, near Pineville, KY.
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In its early years, the festival was largely an
outdoor happening, with daytime activities
at the park lodge and Wildflower Garden
For all its beauty, Laurel Cove could be a chilling
experience, so after the Convention Center was
constructed at Pine Mountain the GADC moved indoors.
|In the evenings, the audience
caravanned to the enormous
Laurel Cove Natural Amphitheater,
to sit on large sandstone boulders
and plank benches.
Dulcimer artists performed against the
dramatic backdrop of a sheer cliff,
with a reflecting pond at their feet
and maple leaves showering
|In 2007, I took on directing the festival and
have devoted more than ten years to making
the Convention a professionally satisfying
experience for artists, yet an intimate, friendly
gathering for our audiences. Times and
relationships do change. Just as Dick and I
went our separate ways, after 41 years as a
Kentucky State Park event, the GADC has left
Pine Mountain and found a new home on a hill
above Lake Cumberland.
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.
|DIRECTOR & PRODUCER
ANNE MacFIE TELLS
THE GADC STORY:
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.
I take pride in the part this enduring event
has played in introducing three generations
of dulcimer players to the instrument that
became their passion, through the
performances, instruction, and friendships
that have been the heart of the GADC down
through the years.
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