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

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]

Multiculturalism at a Lutheran synod assembly in South Dakota

Money quotes from a blog post picked up by Living Lutheran excerpted below -- https://www.livinglutheran.org/2017/06/perspective-confronting-my-biases/ Last weekend my husband and I attended the Eastern North Dakota Synod Assembly of the ELCA. Over the two days, I heard pastors speak who came originally from Peru, the Philippines and Puerto Rico. I heard prayers said in the … Continue reading Multiculturalism at a Lutheran synod assembly in South Dakota

Peace Lutheran, contemporary service, June 24 (Pentecost III)

Instead of following the lectionary for the third Sunday after Pentecost, we'll have some kind of special prayer service. Details are sketchy -- and, at this point, confusing -- but apparently the call committee thinks a special service will be helpful. We'll just have prayers and music instead of the Lutheran liturgy. Here's the order … Continue reading Peace Lutheran, contemporary service, June 24 (Pentecost III)

An inversion of Hansen’s thesis?

Today on Juan Cole's website at https://www.juancole.com/2017/06/london-mosque-embolden.html, in a post on the homegrown British terrorist who drove a rented van into a crowd outside the Finsbury Park Mosque in North London, possibly killing one worshipper and injuring 10 others: Whoever the murderous bigot is that carried out this cold-blooded murder has fallen for ISIL’s (ISIS, … Continue reading An inversion of Hansen’s thesis?

Gustav II Adolf’s Krigspsalm and Lowell Mason’s “From Grenland’s Icy Mountains” — two hymns in Esbjörn Family Papers

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f91NSlMLWt4 Förfäras ej, du lilla hop -- Jens Fredborg Krigspsalm av Gustav II Adolf -- Förfäras ej, du lilla hop http://www.ordsprak.eu/folkskola/html/krigspsalm.html Förfäras ej, du lilla hop, fast fiendernas larm och rop från alla sidor skalla! De fröjdas åt din undergång, men deras fröjd ej bliver lång. Ty låt ej modet falla! Din sak är Guds. … Continue reading Gustav II Adolf’s Krigspsalm and Lowell Mason’s “From Grenland’s Icy Mountains” — two hymns in Esbjörn Family Papers

“Dandy Dulcimer”: On the Road to Dublin (2 of 2)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJD3CVGdpxA Cailín deas donn, song / Micheál Ó Cuaig, singing in Irish. Recorded in Hughes' Bar, Dublin at Sean Nós Cois Life, 2012 * * * Please Note: Soon after he goes to work for the mysterious stranger whom he met in Ballytrain [“Dandy Dulcimer”: Hammered Dulcimer in Irish Novel, 1858], Dandy accompanies him on … Continue reading “Dandy Dulcimer”: On the Road to Dublin (2 of 2)

“Dandy Dulcimer”: Hammered dulcimer in 19th-century Irish novel (1 of 2)

Please note. Two passages in Chapter XIII of William Carleton’s Black Baronet; or, the Chronicles of Ballytrain (1858) give detailed accounts of a strolling hammered dulcimer player in early 19th-century Ireland, at a time and place where the instrument was uncommon. The novel’s plot is convoluted, but we don’t have to pay attention to it … Continue reading “Dandy Dulcimer”: Hammered dulcimer in 19th-century Irish novel (1 of 2)