The Pocono Dulcimer
Club (PDC) was founded in
1996 by Bob Mallalieu & Norm Williams with a "kick-off” workshop by
songwriter and Mountain Dulcimer Player Heidi Muller.
The goal of the PDC
was, and is, to promote the teaching, playing and performing of the Appalachian
mountain dulcimer and the Hammered dulcimer.
The PDC meets monthly in the Eastern Monroe County Library in
Stroudsburg, PA (an ADA accessible facility) and the meetings are free and open
to any and all who desire to learn or listen.
All levels of players are welcome, and the PDC makes a special point of
encouraging and advising newcomers and beginners. The PDC has about 90 members,
attracts about 15 to 20 people to each of its meetings.
In addition to the
regular meetings, the PDC sponsors occasional “jams” during the year. These
are free, all day events held at
various members’ homes or at area churches, and are open to all members of the
club and other musical friends and family members. The day is spent in music,
fellowship and includes a potluck supper. We also play at various functions and
events throughout the NE PA region in various groups and formats.
On January 25, 2003,
the PDC sponsored its first Winter
Dulcimer Fest at the Zion United Church of Christ in Stroudsburg. The
event was headlined by Heidi Muller, Heidi &
John Cerrigone and A.J. Bashore. The program was extremely successful: we
had hoped for thirty-five workshop participants and had over fifty… and the
evening concert filled the church sanctuary to capacity.
We have continued to
host successful festivals since featuring nationally known
artists. This has been made possible, in part by grants we have
received from the Pocono Arts Council. Artists who have been featured
include: Tull Glazener and Walt Michael - 2004. Ken Kolodner
and Steven Seifert - 2005 & 2009. Aubrey Atwater and
Rick Thum - 2006. Don Pedi and “No Strings Attached,” - 2007.
Dan Landrum, Thomasina & Rob Brereton - 2008. Bing Futch
& Christie Burns - 2010. Lorraine &
Bennett Hammond & Guy George - 2011. Jody Marshall &
Karen Mueller in 2012. Dan Duggan& Gary Gallier in 2013. Aaron O'Rourke
& Dan Landrum in 2014. Andy Young & Stephen Seifert in 2015. Lois Hornbostel & Ehukai
Teves (MD) and Karen Ashbrook & Paul
Oorts in 2016.
In 2017 (January 13 &
14) we held our 15th Annual Winter Dulcimer Fest - Our featured performers were Nina Zanetti (MD) and Ruth & Steve Smith (HD)!
Page for updated information regarding
our festival faculty,
registration, workshops, etc.