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 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 at Lincoln's New Salem State Historic … Continue reading Drones, picks and Popsicle sticks: Notes on traditional styles of playing the mountain dulcimer and its European antecedents

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“Never ever trust a bear” — a Swedish children’s song (Björnen sover) in English

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=66&v=U4G2taMh8Bk "Gonzo Sombrero" - Ukko Nooa / Gubben Noak with Yamaha LL6 Well, I have now translated a song from Swedish to English. It's more of a very free paraphrase than a translation, and I wouldn't quit my day job yet (if I weren't retired and still had one) to set up shop as a … Continue reading “Never ever trust a bear” — a Swedish children’s song (Björnen sover) in English

House of Cats Ernesto — website with history from ‘catman of Aleppo’ to current operations

Screen grab from https://ernestosanctuary.org/ Now Ernestos sanctuary is full of life and we have over 200 cats in residence, and others that call in for meals. We now also have 4 monkeys, a horse, doves, rabbits and dogs. The group members also donated money to buy a plot of land near the sanctuary and another … Continue reading House of Cats Ernesto — website with history from ‘catman of Aleppo’ to current operations

Two very different tunes from County Wexford

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yxDZjg_Igoc Yo-Yo Ma, Alison Krauss [and Natalie MacMaster] - The Wexford Carol (Video) At Saturday's Christmas party at Clayville Historic Site, we noodled around with the "Wexford Carol," a haunting Irish song that retells the Nativity story in the gospel of St. Luke. We didn't get very far, and I promised to see if I … Continue reading Two very different tunes from County Wexford

‘Rudolph’ — a red-nosed pub carol (w/ hat tip to Yorkshire and a New England tunesmith)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gvFeGvyIbRc Jon Boden, "Rudolph ...": A Folk Song a Day, December 2014 What happens when an English folk singer (born in Chicago!) arranges "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" in the style of a Yorkshire pub carol to the tune of an early New England anthem? Sacred Harp singers will recognize it as NORTHFIELD ("How long, dear … Continue reading ‘Rudolph’ — a red-nosed pub carol (w/ hat tip to Yorkshire and a New England tunesmith)

Sweet Chiming Bells (“While shepherds watched their flocks by night”): Yorkshire pub carol

D R A F T https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S8qDltzQ2d8 Yorkshire carol Sweet Bells (Kate Rusby): From BBC programme Songs of Praise (Carols from Yorkshire, Sunday 5 December 2010), presented by Aled Jones. Sheet music (in F) is available on line, melody in abc (w/ PDF in standard notation), and midi file at http://www.joe-offer.com/folkinfo/songs/149.html -- and in four-part harmony … Continue reading Sweet Chiming Bells (“While shepherds watched their flocks by night”): Yorkshire pub carol

Jesu Thou Joy of Man’s Desiring

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vzV9RCqvbrk Nina Zanetti performs Jesu Joy Of Man's Desiring KMW 2014 Two videos posted to Hogfiddle for future reference. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0EmP1k9IkM Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring on hammered dulcimer by Timothy Seaman http://www.timothyseaman.com A solo instrumental adaptation of J.S. Bach's masterpiece from Cantata #147 'Heart and Mouth and Deed and Life.' An audio version similar to … Continue reading Jesu Thou Joy of Man’s Desiring