Drones, picks and Popsicle sticks: Notes on traditional styles of playing the mountain dulcimer and its European antecedents

Editor’s note – To see new posts on HOGFIDDLE, scroll down past the Dec. 6, 2016, post titled "Psalmodikon!" below. This article, “Drones, Picks and Popsicle Sticks,” appeared in Dulcimer Players News, _______ 2010. By Peter Ellertsen Sooner or later, anybody who plays the Appalachian dulcimer has the dulcimer conversation. [1] I first encountered it … Continue reading Drones, picks and Popsicle sticks: Notes on traditional styles of playing the mountain dulcimer and its European antecedents

Our Lady of Sitka in Cross-Town Traffic

Reprinted from The Sleepy Weasel, campus magazine of Benedictine University Springfield (formerly Springfield College in Illinois), Volume 12, May 2008, and archived here because it's the first thing I wrote about "creolized" music, my current academic research topic. Picture shows the writer at Old St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church in Alaska Native village of Eklutna. … Continue reading Our Lady of Sitka in Cross-Town Traffic

Psalmodikon! [D R A F T]

“A Pioneer Swedish Singing School: Teaching the Old Songs in a New Land.” Background for my talks on immigrant hymnody, recreating a 19th-century Swedish- or Norwegian-American hymn sing using an old-country box fiddle called a psalmodikon. To hear a sample, please link to: https://www.facebook.com/peter.ellertsen/posts/1606929452901428. Demonstrating a replica of Pastor Esbjorn's psalmodikon at Jenny Lind Chapel, … Continue reading Psalmodikon! [D R A F T]

Neighbors rally around mosques in US, Canada

Amanda Hoover, "Amid heightened threats, US Muslims get help from their neighbors" Christian Science Monitor Feb. 1, 2017 http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Society/2017/0201/Amid-heightened-threats-US-Muslims-get-help-from-their-neighbors [excerpt:] “We’ve seen an unprecedented spike in anti-Muslim incidents in the past year or more,” Ibrahim Hooper, national spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a Washington D.C.-based Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, tells The … Continue reading Neighbors rally around mosques in US, Canada

Guds Søn har gjort mig fri — psalm by Edvard Grieg

http://www.lieder.net/lieder/get_text.html?TextId=18163 Language: English after the Danish (Dansk) God's son has made me free from Satan's tyranny, from sin and shame, from earthly blame, from death's domain and hellish flame. My Savior, it was he who stood 'twixt God and me, who pardon gave to sin's poor slave by painful death and grave. Thus was his … Continue reading Guds Søn har gjort mig fri — psalm by Edvard Grieg

Why Swedes leave the state Church of Sweden — survey

https://www.thelocal.se/20170411/swedes-leave-church-because-they-dont-believe-in-god More than 90,000 people chose to quit the Swedish Church last year – almost twice as many as the year before. The Swedish Church saw a significant drop in its membership numbers last year, with a total of 1.5 percent of its members choosing to leave the Evangelic-Lutheran organization. The main reason why people … Continue reading Why Swedes leave the state Church of Sweden — survey

“Come Thou Fount” — new tab for Clayville-Prairieland jams

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-eR7_FX1wE East Tennessee Bluegrass Band Excerpted from a blast email sent out today to the Clayville-Prairieland Dulcimer Strings electronic mailing list. A song I'd like to add to our playlist -- "Come thou fount of every blessing," an American folk hymn from the early 1800s that you'll hear sometimes as a bluegrass gospel tune. Lead … Continue reading “Come Thou Fount” — new tab for Clayville-Prairieland jams

“Kerry Dancing” — here’s a tune for St. Patrick’s Day

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7QZiFmOe4Mo&spfreload=5 The great Stephane Grappelli and our own Frankie Gavin perform a jam session on a very old Irish Melody. -- clarebannerman Blast email sent this afternoon to the Clayville and Prairieland Dulcimer Strings mailing lists. Hi everybody -- Our next meeting of the Clayville-Prairieland Strings slow jam and tune learning session is from 7 … Continue reading “Kerry Dancing” — here’s a tune for St. Patrick’s Day