Hocking Valley Dulcimer Friends

Athens County Ohio and vicinity.

For more information please contact Charlotte Pedigo at (740) 797-4060 or cpjans@frontier.com

Our regular group's 10-year celebration, 22 October 2011
(The four original members and most of the rest of us.)


Hocking Valley Dulcimer Friends (HVDF) began in the Fall of 2001 when two of Joe Zsigray's pupils, Marlene Reinhart and Charlotte Pedigo, came together to learn more of the craft of playing the mountain dulcimer. Charlotte had been taking lessons from master player, Linda Sigismondi. By Spring of 2002 four others had joined the group (Becky Peerey, Kasie Ruth, Molly Gurien, and Theresa Hosack). The decision was made to establish a dulcimer club and "Hocking Valley Dulcimer Friends" became the official name of the club that summer. Currently we have 12 members in the regular class.

What we are about:

While our main interest is to learn Appalachian, old-time fiddle, folk, Celtic, and gospel music, and to play and fellowship together, we also enjoy sharing our music with others. Occasionally HVDF performs at nursing homes, churches and socials. Some of our members also play other instruments such as fiddle, hammered dulcimer, harmonica, autoharp, and guitar. We encourage any traditional instruments and invite anyone to come and join us and play and sing along.


The current class for beginners is meeting every other Tuesday from 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM at Albany Senior Center (the old grade school, around back). (Please see calendar.)

The regular intermediate/advanced class meets every other Monday from 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM at Albany Senior Center (the old grade school, around back). (Please see calendar.)

For more information about these classes please call Charlotte Pedigo at (740) 797-4060 or email cpjans@frontier.com .



Regular Monday Class

2 June 2014

16 June 2014

30 June 2014

14 July 2014

28 July 2014

11 August 2014

25 August 2014

8 September 2014

22 September 2014

Beginners Tuesday Class

10 June 2014

24 June 2014

8 July 2014

22 July 2014

5 August 2014

19 August 2014

2 September 2014

16 September 2014

30 September 2014

Play Dates

(Currently no dates scheduled, stay tuned.)


Dulcimer Player News (Quarterly Magazine)

Everything Dulcimers (All kinds of useful information for the dulcimer enthusiast.)

Prussia Valley Dulcimers (Gary Sager's shop in Waverly.)

Wikipedia - 'Appalachian dulcimer' (Also called mountain dulcimer or lap dulcimer.)

Music Samples:

Amazing Grace, Jackson, Ohio (mp3; 2.3mb)

Rosin The Bow, The Plains, Ohio (mp3; 1.3mb)

Red River Valley, Athens, Ohio (mp3; 1.8mb)

updated 29 May 14