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

‘Skye Boat Song’ — a golden oldie for the Hickory Glen sessions

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ycVpXbJCx-M Choral Scholars of University College Dublin Wikipedia has all the background -- and more! -- you'd ever want on the history and origin of the song, cover versions, TV adaptations, etc. Also two sets of lyrics -- one traditional, and one by Robert Louis Stevenson. Link here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Skye_Boat_Song ... There's some dulcimer tab at … Continue reading ‘Skye Boat Song’ — a golden oldie for the Hickory Glen sessions

‘Leaving of Liverpool’ — dulcimer tab for the Hickory Glen sessions

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bSEmFvuUXWk The Leaving Of Liverpool - The Dubliners (Live At Vicar Street | The Dublin Experience) Back by popular demand, at the Hickory Glen Sessions. (Well, really, it never left. But we had a couple of requests for dulcimer tablature, and I need to look at the dots, anyway, after picking up by ear and … Continue reading ‘Leaving of Liverpool’ — dulcimer tab for the Hickory Glen sessions

‘Yellow Rose of Texas’: An old-time fiddle tune for the Hickory Glen Sessions

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dPtfr-Ev9Sg 2014 Cumberland Gap Dulcimer Gathering hosted by Terry and Pam Lewis. Second of (at least) four posts I'm putting up for the Hickory Glen Sessions, linking to lead sheets, dulcimer tab (when available) and/or chord charts for tunes we're playing and videos with festival versions of the tunes for those of us who trust … Continue reading ‘Yellow Rose of Texas’: An old-time fiddle tune for the Hickory Glen Sessions

L’Arpeggiata — why does an early music ensemble remind me of Miles Davis?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t8p9rolham8&feature=emb_logo L'Arpeggiata: Bertali: Ciaccona (Veronika Skuplik Violin Solo) Found online while I was looking for something else, an early music ensemble that specializes in a type of music I hardly even knew existed -- written for (primarily) stringed instruments of the 17th-century Spanish and Italian baroque. The ensemble is called l'Arpeggiata, it's directed by Christina … Continue reading L’Arpeggiata — why does an early music ensemble remind me of Miles Davis?

‘Let Erin Remember,’ an air by Thomas Moore — video and lyrics for Hickory Glen sessions

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vtPsezf6qn0 Let Erin Remember · Irish Folk Singers | ℗ 2011 Goldenlane Records First of (at least) four posts I'm putting up for the Hickory Glen Sessions, linking to lead sheets, dulcimer tab (when available) and/or chord charts for tunes we're playing and videos with festival versions of the tunes for those of us who … Continue reading ‘Let Erin Remember,’ an air by Thomas Moore — video and lyrics for Hickory Glen sessions

‘The King of Love My Shepherd Is,’ an Irish air/hymn tune for the Hickory Glen sessions

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Za9YNwu4DKw "The King of Love My Shepherd Is," arrangement (in C) for solo guitar and lesson by Jim Nailon. More videos & sheetmusic at http://www.liturgicalguitarist.com/ One of the tunes in Joe Collins' book Simply Celtic, which we've just started using at the Hickory Glen sessions, is a lovely traditional Irish melody known to church musicians … Continue reading ‘The King of Love My Shepherd Is,’ an Irish air/hymn tune for the Hickory Glen sessions