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2016 Governor's Awards in the Arts:
Folk Heritage Award



Hindman, Ky.



Doug Naselroad and Mike Slone The master and apprentice luthier pairing of Doug Naselroad and Mike Slone, respectively, have helped cement the Hindman Dulcimer Project as an important initiative in defining Appalachia’s contributions to folk music and luthiery.

Using the Appalachian Artisan Center in Hindman as “headquarters,” Naselroad and Slone were instrumental in securing National Endowment for the Arts funding to start the Hindman Dulcimer Project. That support was integral to beginning the annual Hindman Dulcimer Homecoming, which for the past two years has brought luthiers, dulcimer musicians and other enthusiasts to Hindman for the three-day event. The homecoming incorporates concerts, workshops, seminars and exhibits.

The Hindman Dulcimer Project helped found the Museum of the Mountain Dulcimer, which opened in November 2015 with exhibits honoring luminaries like Jean Ritchie, Uncle Ed Thomas, Jethro Amburgey and Homer Ledford. It is also the weekly meeting place of the Randy Wilson Dulcimer Group, which performed for NEA Chairman Jane Chu during her visit to Hindman in April 2015.

“We had great fun watching the chairman of the NEA tapping her foot and clapping to ‘Better Stop Kicking My Dog Around,’” said Naselroad.

Under Naselroad and Slone’s instruction, as many as 13 apprentices have been trained to make the iconic Hindman dulcimer, conserving that tradition for the next generation of luthiers.

Naselroad and Slone share their knowledge of luthiery and musical folk heritage on WMMT-FM’s “Knott Downtown Radio Hour,” a monthly program they produce, record and host. The program features live recordings of traditional folk musicians that live and make music in eastern Kentucky.




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