26 March 2016

Learning the mountain dulcimer

Nearly a year ago, the BIB reported a FOAOTMAD inquiry about players of the mountain dulcimer in these islands. On that occasion Ryan Crowell sent in a comment: he would love to hear from anyone who might be playing the dulcimer near him in Galway, as he was hoping to learn. Yesterday Wendy Connolly's 'Bluegrass in Ireland' Facebook carried a post on the dulcimer, to which Ryan responded that he is still looking for anyone in/near Galway city to learn this instrument with.

The BIB draws attention to The dulcimer book by Jean Ritchie (1922-2015), the person most responsible for the revival and spread of dulcimer playing. First published in 1963, this book has gone through later editions and is still the starting place for the traditional playing style and repertoire of the instrument.

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