I found my way to the dulcimer due to an interest in American folk music and the work of the much-loved Jean Ritchie. I own a nice Yocky, a McSpadden ginger, and two dulcimers made by my ex-partner, with whom I still play music. I also sing, and play banjo, guitar and ukulele.... But not all at once.....
Dulcimers are a rare thing in the UK so it is good to have some online links to this worldwide secret society!
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Hi there Foggers....please see your Privates Messages for my note. Thanks!
Hello Jane, long time no hear ! Dare I say that it shows that you have been busy, 'cos I venture to guess you are unaware of my current situation, ie, I have become a full time carer, my wife had a bad fall at the beginning of the year, completely smashed her shoulder joint (not considered repairable) and during various treatments it was discovered that she had advanced hyperparathyroid calcaemia. This, coupled with already existing osteoporis, leaves her almost completely dependant on me, so no time for music at all , instruments gather dust as our day just seems to disappear, so lovely tho' it would have been to see you both, I have have to say 'no' to your suggestion. You might try John Shaw, his world revolves around his music, so I am sure that he would be glad to see you !
my apologies, and very best wishes
(don't drink too much cider !!!)
Hi Foggers, weel kent. I only now of two other so it's great to know that there are more undiscovered players here, thanks for the info. Cheers.
Jane. Sorry to hear that R was unwell and glad to hear that he he now OK and able to make music like 'Parchman Farm', which I enjoyed. I assume 'twas you using the slide?
best wishes for your musical future
"Another fine mess you've got me into" Foggers!
"Irresistable rogue, glint in his eye" !!! I do so hope that Richard was able to truely smooth the handle of that wooden spoon you are using so deftly, I would hate to think that your fingers were sore from all the stirring you have been doing lately !!!
Have a good Christmas you two
Likewise Foggers. Face to Face is much better --- Pity about the weather tho'. I Had a good time . Left Huddersfield about 5.15pm and was home by 7.15 pm . People were driving awful slow (70) and there was a long 50 mph section with average speed cameras which was annoying. The rain held off as well. i know this may be read by others but I felt a bit overpowered by the hammers. But they were good and there was some nice tunes . Liked the slide by the way . Never know we might do it again in the sweet by and by . Take care , the pair of you
thank you for the request- sorry I was late in replying - I was watching TV
Foggers, hi! I probably won't be at the Huddersfield bash - I was thinking about it, but at that stage I was expecting to have a dulcimer that was in one piece!
Foggers , I hope to get to the Huddersfield bash, It'll be a long haul but I will try. I don't know anybody who will be there but I will have my Case ( see photos on my page)so You will be able to recognise me, I will try and stick a FOTMD sign on it as well. Just pray for good weather, not too much wind, and a reasonable temperature so our fingers don't freeze . Anyway I need some lessons-- dave H
Great! Look forward to seeing you both there.
Good to hear you & Richard are faring okay, Jane! And one does wonder whether weather events of Biblical proportion will come to be the norm. . .Take good care.
Hi, Jane!Weather in the UK has made national news here-- and I've seen the comments on the UK/Europe group here at FOTMD. Hope you and Rich are well and safe! Perhaps you're getting to play more music since you've been house-bound.all my best,Robin
Jane, it was good to meet you, and I hope that it will happen again. A question. You did'nt really indicate whether you liked the concept of playing HD ?John
Hi thereLook forward to seeing you at Hayes soon - and thanks for agreeing to take the beginners in hand! Sessins should be memorable this year...RegardsGeoff
Foggers !!! You kept that (Hayes) close to your chest, congratulations, hope to see you there and sit in on your beginners workshops !Can I persuade you to join our UK group here on FOTMD? Trying to achieve some level of 'solidarity' as we seem to be dispersed all over the place. I trust that you are protecting your hands while 'doing up' your new pad. Incidentally I have recently purchased a Zoom Q3, not what you would choose to use I guess, but it allows me to make a slightly better vid, all I have to do is get to know it better. ( A workshop on recording and Audacity for thicko's ???)
Hi FoggersTrust that either of the Bristol Johns have already persuaded you to join us at the Alfreton (Hayes Centre) annual Nonsuch get together in November ( www.dulcimer.org.uk/index.html ). Love to have someone who can bring along as many dulcimers as me and John Shaw!Geoff Black
Hello Foggers, it's that old git down in Bristol, the one with the beard! I hope that you do not mind this 'direct' contact, as it were, but I don't wish to display my complete ignorance of most things modern to the world! I can just about use a computer, but only just. I would like to show the folks on FOTMD that I can play the things that I make, but hav'ent a clue on how to do it. I have tried to follow the hints posted on this site,( some of which seem to be in conflict,) and have determined that you have done some research, and that the ?Zoom thingy? you recently purchased is a definite asset So, where did you purchase it, what else do I need, and is it possible that a thicko like me can use it to record music onto our site?Christmas is coming, and the VAT is getting fat, so please try and put some knowledge, in this old man's hat!!! On the other hand, no pressure, you are working, I,m not.. I really rate your stuff, you are flying the flag for us at the moment. Should you prefere to use it, my EMail address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Regards to you and you OH, it seems that he can make a more than passable sounding dulcimer. John
Jane,I've been listening to all your tunes and i gotta say they are Beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing them. Bill
Jane...I 've been listening to your tunes the last couple days. You're a dang good player & singer. Glad you are getting out and playing the tunes for the people... b/c you ought to be!You're a banjo player all right! Love the way you pick that thing.....nice mellow sound...both them tunes....and that banjo is a good old time sounding banjo.Still have to listen to the other tunes some more, but queue them up regular like. Thx!
Hi jane,I just listened to your recordings. Bloody great! I love the way that both you and John Shaw have slotted the MD seemlessly into English folk music. There is a lot of crossover in tunes with the Appalachian ones. I've heard Claudy Banks played and sung as Texas Ranger and Shady Grove as Matty Groves. I hope you keep posting the old English and Celtic versions of the Appalachian tunes - it is lovely to here both styles!