Homer C. Ledford

Official Web Site



About Homer Ledford

and the Cabin Creek Band


Homer Ledford

Bio, Honors and More


Ledford Instrument pictures and stories


Online Listing

of Ledford Dulcimers


Homer's Historical Marker


Link to EKU Piece about Homer

Past Performances 

CD's and Tapes!

Homer's Book!

A YouTube Video honoring

Homer by Michael Fess


Homer Ledford and the Cabin Creek Band at the Bill Monroe Homeplace Dedication 8/23/01


Bluegrass Heritage Museum


EKU's Margaret Foote's Blog

Dr. Ron Penn's Blog about Homer

Homer Ledford Wikipedia Listing

Testimonial Page

Legacy.com Entries

Homer Ledford Dulcimer Festival


Homer with just a few of his thousands of wonderful musical creations


Welcome friend!  Come on in and visit with us for awhile!  Get to know more about our good friend Homer! 

"Ever see a smile that was a wave from God?
I think Homer had it. . . . ."
Lisa Caldwell (Atlanta, GA)

From Wikipedia: Homer Ledford

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Homer C. Ledford (September 26, 1927 December 11, 2006) was an instrument maker and bluegrass musician from Kentucky who specialized in making dulcimers.

Born in AlpineTennessee, he started building instruments at an early age. When he was 18, Ledford was given a scholarship to attend the John C. Campbell Folk School in BrasstownNorth Carolina. He later attended Berea College, where he met his wife Colista. Ledford eventually transferred and graduated from what is now the Eastern Kentucky University in 1954. Ledford worked as a high school industrial arts teacher at George Rogers Clark High School in Winchester, Kentucky before becoming a full-time instrument maker.

Musicians from all over the world have sought after his dulcimers, banjosmandolinsguitars and ukuleles. Some of his works are on display in the Smithsonian Institution.

According to his website,[1] he made over 5,776 dulcimers and over 475 banjos in his lifetime. He is also the inventor of the dulcitar, and also made dulcijos and dulcibros.

He was also an original inductee in the Kentucky Stars, alongside Loretta LynnRosemary ClooneyBobbie Ann Mason, and Patricia Neal. A sidewalk plaque honoring him is in front of the Kentucky Theatre on Main Street in Lexington, Kentucky.

He devoted his career to instrument-making and to playing with the Cabin Creek Band. He also published a book of autobiographical stories and poems, entitled See Ya Further Up the Creek.

Ledford died from a stroke at the age of 79 in Winchester, Kentucky. He was survived by his widow, Colista; they had four children. His great nephews Jason Eubanks, Phillip Eubanks, and Jonathan Armak are currently in the experimental group Unstable,[2] and use many of the instruments he made on their records. Their mother, Melissa Armak (born Melissa Fraley) was the bass player in the Cabin Creek Band during the late 1970s.

He was posthumously given an honorary Doctorate of Humanities at the Fall 2006 commencement ceremonies at Eastern Kentucky University, December 16, 2006, and deemed one of Kentucky's "Heroes, Saints and Legends" by Wesley Retirement Community in recognition of his contributions to music.










This Page Maintained by W. H. Johnson, Lexington, KY.

Rev. 11/22/2008