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

knoxville summer 1915

d r a f t https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X_0fWAG9ONM BARBER - Knoxville, Summer of 1915 Russell Thomas - Tenor Simon Lepper - Piano Rosenblatt Recital: London 21.09.2015 - Praised as a “superb singer” (The New York Times), tenor Russell Thomas has quickly established himself as one of the most exciting vocal and dramatic talents on the international opera … Continue reading knoxville summer 1915

Michael Altenburg

d r a f t https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fQzw2cjJOdU&t=630s Posted here so I can find it again -- early baroque German composer, a slightly younger contemporary of Praetorius. Three sound files were posted to YouTube by CarolusGustavusRex in 2012. Altenburg - Gaudium Christianum; Das Lutherische Schloß oder Feste Burgk a 19 --https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fQzw2cjJOdU&t=630sAltenburg - Gaudium Christianum; Das Lutherische Jubelgeschrey … Continue reading Michael Altenburg

Capella de la Torre: Rushing the Advent/Christmas season with a German early music group

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aNm9DuuKRyA OK, OK, it's the first week of November, and the World Series just wound up last night. (A shout-out to my old friends from Atlanta!) For baseball fans, summer's hardly over and we're only halfway into fall. So it's way too early to be posting Christmas music, right? No. Wrong. This video is so … Continue reading Capella de la Torre: Rushing the Advent/Christmas season with a German early music group

‘How Firm a Foundation’: A shape-note folk hymn in the hospital … and by my fireside

Cross-posted to my spiritual formation blog Ordinary Zen Lutheran. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UzUUkWwBZdI Recorded for online worship service on Sept. 6, 2020, Providence Church, Austin, Texas. This is the story of how I came to be singing an old Baptist folk hymn from the Sacred Harp under my breath last week as the anesthesia was taking hold in … Continue reading ‘How Firm a Foundation’: A shape-note folk hymn in the hospital … and by my fireside

‘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