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. An earlier version of “Drones, Picks and Popsicle Sticks” appeared on the old Everything Dulcimer website in 2009 and in Dulcimer Players News the following year. (It was on my faculty page at Benedictine University Springfield, so I tried to set … Continue reading Drones, picks and Popsicle sticks: Notes on traditional styles of playing the mountain dulcimer and its European antecedents

Óró Sé Do Bheatha Abhaile

D R A F T https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4HF4q1Db09I Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, March 17, 2020 xxx Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh Wikipedia tells us what we already know: "Óró, sé do bheatha 'bhaile (Irish pronunciation: [ˈoːɾˠoː ʃeː d̪ˠə ˈvʲahə walʲə]) is a traditional Irish song, that came to be known as a rebel song in the early 20th century. Óró is a cheer, while sé do bheatha 'bhaile means … Continue reading Óró Sé Do Bheatha Abhaile

Links to dulcimer tab of ‘Christ was born in Bethlehem’ and a variant in an old Sacred Harp

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hzmzb1ZyL6c Norm Williams, Amanda Parker and Bob Mallalieu covering a version learned from Tim and Mollie O'Brien, at the Maidencreek Festival, Maier's Grove, Blandon, Pa., Aug. 29, 2010 (song begins at 1:29). Editor's (admin's) note. Copied below is a post to Ordinary Time, a blog I keep on spiritual formation. I'm cross-posting it here because … Continue reading Links to dulcimer tab of ‘Christ was born in Bethlehem’ and a variant in an old Sacred Harp

‘Waterbound’ — a lovely, elegiac solo interpretation on Rhiannon Giddens’ new album

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ExVPmwAmGkY I'll never (willingly) play "Waterbound" the same way again! Don't get me wrong. It's a fine old southern Appalachian fiddle tune. It's a standard at jam sessions, and it was a staple in our dulcimer-friendly slow jams at Hickory Glen Apartments before the pandemic hit. If the good Lord's willing; the creeks don't rise; … Continue reading ‘Waterbound’ — a lovely, elegiac solo interpretation on Rhiannon Giddens’ new album

‘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