Traditional Music Festival 

Sponsored by Ohio Valley Gathering Inc.

The Ohio Valley Gathering is a 29 year old Traditional Music Festival sponsored by OVG  Inc., and supported by Friends of the Ohio Valley Gathering.

The Ohio Valley Gathering is an acoustic music festival held each year in March. It features the Mountain and Hammered Dulcimer, blending with other traditional instruments and musical styles.


We have over 50 hours of classes each year for the hammered and mountain dulcimer, penny whistle, ukulele, banjo, banjammer, guitar, mandolin, folk percussion, bowed psaltery, washtub bass.

Ohio Valley Gathering, Friday, February 26th, through Sunday, February 28th 2016


For 2016, arrive at the Hilton in downtown Lexington, Kentucky (information below) on Friday afternoon, check in and get your new OVG shirt, hop in the pool (pool? what pool?), then do some shopping for new supplies. Gather in the main hall for the Friday night concert, with many individuals, groups, and clubs participating. After the concert, there is jamming through the building, which is a long standing tradition and goes on late into the night. Go to the hospitality room and make some new friends, and fellowship with those long distance friends.  There is also an "Under 21" group all weekend, for the beginners and the up and coming kids! It's their own space to jam, hang out, and try out new music.

Saturday starts with classes, shopping, jams, and fellowship through the building, with the Fiddle Walk (bring your tiara, feather boas, beads, gloves, the works!). Get a quick bite to eat, find a great spot, and enjoy the Saturday concert finale. You will be amazed and impressed not only at the folks next to you who just got off stage, but hopefully you will be joining in this tradition!

Sunday morning gospel sing is a long standing tradition for us to gather and sing one last time before we head out to home again.

40 plus vendors will be selling handmade music instruments and related items all weekend. Be sure to talk to the builders, listen to the sounds, try out, and buy new instruments, and ask for help from the luthiers with any dulcimers (or other instruments!) that need a doctor.


See "Registration" page for form. Last day to mail forms is February 12, 2016.

Walk in Registration for OVG remains open until 11 a.m. Saturday morning.


The Shirt and Tote orders CLOSE on January 15th 2016


The Ohio Valley Gathering is supported by Friends of the Ohio Valley Gathering. For your contribution of $25, you will become a member of Friends of the Ohio Valley Gathering to help keep it going for many years to come. Benefits as a member are an annual collector pin, discount on festival shirts, and admission to the next year Ohio Valley Gathering. 

New enrollment or renewal memberships for the new year (2016) will begin during the OVG weekend.  At that time you can visit the Friends of the Ohio Valley Gathering table, pay dues and receive the new pin.  With your membership is free registration to the next year festival. We will also have lanyards available so you can display your new pin along with your pins of the past years.  Thank you for your continued support of the OVG and Friends of the Ohio Valley Gathering group!  


If you would like to participate on open stage, please contact Tucker Thomas. Please provide how many people are in your group, name, and contact information. 


Ohio Valley Gathering Schedule 2015

Friday:

Registration & T-shirts                              12:00 p.m.-6 p.m.

Vendors                                                   12:00 p.m.-10 p.m.

Concert                                                    7 p.m.-10 p.m.


Saturday:

Registration & T-Shirts                              8 a.m-11 a.m.

Vendors                                                   8 a.m.-10 p.m.


Class One                                               8:45 a.m.-9:45 a.m

Class Two                                              10:15 a.m to 11:15 a.m.

Class Three                                            11:45 a.m to 12:45 p.m.

Class Four                                              1:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.

Class Five                                               2:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Class Six                                                4:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m


Fiddle Walk                                             6:30 p.m.

Concert                                                   7 p.m.-10 p.m. (normally goes over a little)


Sunday:

Hymn Sing                                              9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.

If you have questions please contact Russ Embry at 812-498-4804, or e-mail.

Hotel Information

The 2016 OVG will be held at the Hilton, downtown Lexington. Call 1-859-231-9000 for your reservations (they fill up fast!) and make sure to use the room block code, OHVG16. Room block opens to everyone on OR AROUND January 15th, 2016-depending on if the room blocks are sold out. To receive the Festival rate, make your reservations EARLY!


Directions to the hotel are here.


The hotel has free self serve parking for registered guests, valet is $14.00. Please note, the hotel does not allow pets to stay in the hotel. There is a restaurant, a bar, swimming pool, exercise room, and guest services to help with your stay.