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

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Psalmodikon — background on that odd little Swedish box fiddle I’m learning to play

Notes I put together for a proposal on “A Pioneer Swedish Singing School: Teaching the Old Songs in a New Land,” recreating a 19th-century Swedish- or Norwegian-American hymn sing using an old-country box fiddle called a psalmodikon. It didn't get funded, and I never finished the notes. But the proposal pulls together background on the … Continue reading Psalmodikon — background on that odd little Swedish box fiddle I’m learning to play

A school psalmodikon … and clever names for the “mouse fiddle” (musefele) in Norway

Hat tip to Gunnar Fredelius, who located these webpages about the psalmodikon among the broderfolk in Norway ... The psalmodikon (Norwegian spelling, "salmodikon") is a well-crafted instrument designed to be tuned to G below middle C. It was used in the school on Godøy, an island off the west coast of Norway in Møre og … Continue reading A school psalmodikon … and clever names for the “mouse fiddle” (musefele) in Norway

Luther’s House Postil in 19th-century Sweden

Anders Jarlert, "Reform in Sweden: From Confessional Provincialism towards World Ecumenism," in Piety and Modernity: The Dynamics of Religious Reform in Northern Europe, 1780–1920, ed. Anders Jarlert (Leuven, Belgium: Leuven University Press, 2012), pp. 287-88. https://pure.knaw.nl/ws/files/468356/Book_3.pdf [Cite on second page is to Osterlin, Churches of Northern Europe, p. 158.] Anders Jarlert is Professor of Church … Continue reading Luther’s House Postil in 19th-century Sweden

“Farther Along” — revisiting an old gospel song for the Clayville-Prairieland Academy of Music

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=17rrFHjrxGk Cindy Gray and friends (including an oboist!) play "Farther Along" at Kaufman Acoustic Kamp, Maryville, Tenn., 2009 While I was cleaning my office over the weekend, I came across a lead sheet with dulcimer tab for "Farther Along," a standard gospel tune I introduced out at Clayville in 2013, when our group was more … Continue reading “Farther Along” — revisiting an old gospel song for the Clayville-Prairieland Academy of Music

Walter Brueggemann — miscellaneous interviews

[Verbatim excerpts, Wikipedia bio below:] Kathy Henning "A Conversation With Walter Brueggemann," Response [Seattle Pacific University] June 28, 2013 http://spu.edu/depts/uc/response/new/web-features/2013/walter-brueggemann.asp. When the Wesleyan Theological Society and Society for Pentecostal Studies held their joint meeting on Seattle Pacific University’s campus, renowned theologian Walter Brueggemann gave the keynote address: “The Alternative World of the Psalms,” March 21, … Continue reading Walter Brueggemann — miscellaneous interviews

“Moose Song” — a bawdy staple of Renaissance Faires

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tf0M65EdIXs Three Pints Gone ~ "The Moose Song" (bawdy song, adult humor) ~ Camelot Days 2010 At last night's session of the Clayville-Prairieland Pioneer Academy of Music, we were treated to the chorus of this song, but we were spared the verses. It's an off-color staple of the Renaissance Faire circuit. Not quite as bawdy … Continue reading “Moose Song” — a bawdy staple of Renaissance Faires

Two Irish airs for Clayville-Prairieland sessions — “Si Bheag Si Mhor” by Turlough O’Carolan and a lovely song about Brian Boru’s condom D R A F T

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XXpzj-hfiLc "Si Bheag Si Mhor" performed by Sarah May Rogers on Fiddle, Brenda Castles on Concertina and Oisin Dillon on Guitar, Trinity Sessions, Dame Street, Dublin, 2014. http://slowplayers.org/2014/05/05/si-bheag-si-mhor/ ... As a young man Carolan first found favor at the house of his first patron, Squire George Reynolds of Lough Scur at Letterfain, Co. Leitrim (himself … Continue reading Two Irish airs for Clayville-Prairieland sessions — “Si Bheag Si Mhor” by Turlough O’Carolan and a lovely song about Brian Boru’s condom D R A F T