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 this post. This article, “Drones, Picks and Popsicle Sticks,” appeared on the old Everything Dulcimer website in 2009 and in Dulcimer Players News the following year. By Peter Ellertsen Sooner or later, anybody who plays the Appalachian dulcimer has the dulcimer conversation. [1] … Continue reading Drones, picks and Popsicle sticks: Notes on traditional styles of playing the mountain dulcimer and its European antecedents

‘Zek’l Weep’ (aka ‘Star in the East’): Notes on a dulcimer-friendly song fragment in Sandburg’s American Songbag

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PtP0ngs5h_w Stephen Griffith | Day 278 of the American Songbag Stay-at-Home Series Here's one in Carl Sandburg's American Songbag I'm trying to learn on the dulcimer. It's one of several religious songs from southern Appalachia that show a lot of African American influence and don't quite fit into the usual categories like blues, spirituals, country … Continue reading ‘Zek’l Weep’ (aka ‘Star in the East’): Notes on a dulcimer-friendly song fragment in Sandburg’s American Songbag

Hygglig! Interactive map lets you twirl a globe, click and tune in to radio stations worldwide

Screen grab of Radio Garden, tuned to a station in Denmark. So here's a good way I found to spend the afternoon when the temperature's in single-digits outside in the middle of a damn pandemic. Pour yourself a second cup of hot coffee (or a third or fourth), bundle up in two sweaters, sit down … Continue reading Hygglig! Interactive map lets you twirl a globe, click and tune in to radio stations worldwide

Planxty Anna Foxe

D R A F T https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OlqSV8skuLA Heard on the West Wind podcast on Clare FM (http://www.clare.fm/listen-back/west-wind-wednesday-270121/) Wednesday, Jan. 27, at 25:00, a lovely, lilting melody by Josephine Marsh, followed by an interview with presenter Paula Carroll. Thread on The Session Hi all. I haven’t submitted my music to Spotify but if you want to buy … Continue reading Planxty Anna Foxe

‘Across the Western Ocean’ — a riff on dulcimer tab, Irish songs and Yankee John the packet rat

D R A F T https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TGO52392ebI John Doyle, in concert at St. John's, Newfoundland, May 28, 2011. Another post on "Across the Western Ocean," a vaguely Irish song that's turned into an earworm since I first came across it last month. I blogged about it at the end of December xxx xxx It's a song, … Continue reading ‘Across the Western Ocean’ — a riff on dulcimer tab, Irish songs and Yankee John the packet rat

Confirmed mountain dulcimer sighting — Dolly Parton in 2016 benefit for Sevier County fires

https://www.youtube.com/watch?fbclid=IwAR28Ny6f7YJCcMgAUvLHPb6kmHroyNf6YMSGDxfojMANDtcPqwWnqhAJgy8&v=c-I0aLIwnNM&feature=youtu.be Dolly Parton “My Mountains, My Home” 2017 The blurb on Dolly Parton's website: "Dolly Parton performs “My Mountains, My Home” at Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountains Rise: A Benefit for the My People Fund. For more information on Dolly’s My People Fund https://dollywoodfoundation.org/." The star-studded benefit telethon, in November 2016, featured musicians ranging from Cyndi … Continue reading Confirmed mountain dulcimer sighting — Dolly Parton in 2016 benefit for Sevier County fires

‘Mary Wore Three Lengths of Chain’: Another spiritual in Sandburg’s American Songbag

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lRd4ltjCCCI Stephen Griffith Day 297 of the American Songbag Stay-at-Home Series Brought to us courtesy of my friendly local neighborhood social media algorithm while I was doomscrolling through YouTube for clips of the Trump supporters' mob action Wednesday at the U.S. Capitol: Another Black spiritual in Asheville, N.C. folksinger Stephen Griffin's bare-bones series of songs … Continue reading ‘Mary Wore Three Lengths of Chain’: Another spiritual in Sandburg’s American Songbag

Ralph Lee Smith, Nov. 6, 1927 – Dec. 30, 2020: Teacher, dulcimer historian, storyteller

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8vI1PNqO-As Ralph demonstrates dulcimer (ca. 1890) by Charles N. Prichard of Huntington, W.Va. When I learned of Ralph Lee Smith's death at the age of 93 just before New Year's, it seemed like one last cruel twist in a year that brought so much loss and grief to so many. Ralph was regarded, I believe … Continue reading Ralph Lee Smith, Nov. 6, 1927 – Dec. 30, 2020: Teacher, dulcimer historian, storyteller

As the UK left the EU, no one bothered to consider its effect on British musicians

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XM1GNsPGftc 'Scratch orchestra' performs ODE TO JOY in London the night of 24 June 2016 There was ample warning in advance, and it didn't have to be this way. But now everything is up in the air because of government's failure to plan ahead. Sound familiar? It is, of course. Except in this case, we're … Continue reading As the UK left the EU, no one bothered to consider its effect on British musicians