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

‘Tipping it up to Nancy’ — a trad Irish song with strong link to New Salem’s Armstrong family

... aka 'Old Woman of Wexford' https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lB1S7snbXXI Christy Moore's classic version of 'Tipping it Up to Nancy.' If this everlasting pandemic ever ends, a song I want to start playing at jam sessions is an Irish novelty song variously known as "Tipping it Up to Nancy" or "The Old Woman of Wexford." It's been a … Continue reading ‘Tipping it up to Nancy’ — a trad Irish song with strong link to New Salem’s Armstrong family

‘Shanagolden’ Sean McCarthy

d r a f t https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M2Pu3U34SDg xxx https://www.bellsirishlyrics.com/shanagolden.html The cold winds from the mountain are calling soft to me,The smell of scented heather brings bitter memories.A wild and lonely eagle up in the summer sky,Flies high o'er Shanagolden, where my young Willie lies. xxx Tom Aherne, "The Ballad of Tim Madigan Puts Village on the … Continue reading ‘Shanagolden’ Sean McCarthy

‘Wellerman’: A dulcimer-friendly TikTok sea shanty for the Hickory Glen sessions

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BnHIw3aTEVE Video by YouTube user Luigi P. Remember when sea shanties were a big thing last winter? Well, here's one that's about to take on a new life as a jam tune in Springfield, Illinois. It's called "The Wellerman." It's the tune that started the craze when a London postman named Nathan Evans put it … Continue reading ‘Wellerman’: A dulcimer-friendly TikTok sea shanty for the Hickory Glen sessions

‘Where the Soul (of Man) Never Dies’ — a bluegrass gospel classic for the Hickory Glen sessions

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rSc1205qlX8 One of the classics I heard all the time in the parking lot at music festivals back in Tennessee was a bluegrass gospel song called "Where the Soul Never Dies" (aka "To Canaan's land I'm on my way ..." from its first line). It's old -- it dates back to 1914 -- and it's … Continue reading ‘Where the Soul (of Man) Never Dies’ — a bluegrass gospel classic for the Hickory Glen sessions

‘Across the Western Ocean’ — an updated post with links to music for the Hickory Glen sessions

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Jw9QDmCPWU Here's a song I'd like to start learning in our sessions at Hickory Glen Apartments. It's a combination Irish emigrant ballad and/or sea shanty -- I don't think anyone really knows which one it was originally -- that got into Carl Sandburg's American Songbag and from there gained a foothold in the trad Irish … Continue reading ‘Across the Western Ocean’ — an updated post with links to music for the Hickory Glen sessions

‘Ned of the Hill’ — tab and videos of an evocative Irish slow air for the Prairie Glen sessions

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_ABK-0KAR8 As we resume our slow jam and song learning sessions post-pandemic at Springfield's Hickory Glen Apartments, Chuck suggested we learn "Ned of the Hill" and posted this video by English folksingers Kate Rusby and Kathryn Roberts to our Facebook group. It's a lovely Irish slow air, and their interpretation on the 1998 CD Kate … Continue reading ‘Ned of the Hill’ — tab and videos of an evocative Irish slow air for the Prairie Glen sessions

‘Old Yellow Dog’ trots back through the meeting house for Hickory Glen sessions

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQek5y075T0 Knoxville Area Dulcimer Club at Museum of Appalachia, Norris, Tenn. With the Covid-19 pandemic winding down -- if enough folks in the red states decide to get vaccinated -- we're hoping to resume our slow jam and song learning sessions at Springfield's Hickory Glen high-rise. So in order to help out, I'm resuming the … Continue reading ‘Old Yellow Dog’ trots back through the meeting house for Hickory Glen sessions

Joni Mitchell’s ‘Blue’: It’s like catnip for an old East Tennessee mountain dulcimer player

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DnQK53FMxGw Joni Mitchell's album Blue was released June 22, 1971 -- 50 years ago Tuesday! -- and both the New York Times and National Public Radio came out today with wonderful, challenging retrospectives on the album. I'm going to keep going back to them -- not only did Joni Mitchell provide the soundtrack for my … Continue reading Joni Mitchell’s ‘Blue’: It’s like catnip for an old East Tennessee mountain dulcimer player

Mise Éire soundtrack by Sean O’Raida

d r a f t https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2q3JTw472jQ xxx According to Wikipedia's disambiguation page on the subject. Mise Éire is the name of: A poem by Pádraic Pearse.A 1959 documentary film directed by George Morrison that tells the story of Irish revolutionary nationalism.An album by Seán Ó Riada featuring the music he wrote for the soundtrack of the above-mentioned film. Also listed is a … Continue reading Mise Éire soundtrack by Sean O’Raida