That's how his mother taught him to play. Jean Ritchie never played and sang melody. She invariably played soft harmonies or counter-melodies and sang the melody.
Jon Pickow's last performance
It's wonderful that this has been preserved. Notice that the dulcimer is not repeating the melody as Jon sings but playing a counter melody/harmony part to accompany the singing. It is not easy to play like that since it's carrying two melodies at once.
Thanks for sharing this, Ken.
Dusty T., Northern California
As a musician, you have to keep one foot back in the past and one foot forward into the future.
-- Dizzy Gillespie
Here is a video of Jon Pickow, one of Jean Richie's and George Pickow's sons, made by PBS a few days before he died. PBS Craft in America has given us (Appalachian School of Luthiery) permission to redistribute this beautiful piece, so please share with the FOTMD community with our blessing!
"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."
updated by @ken-longfield: 01/22/21 04:15:50PM