International Appalachian Dulcimer Day

ocean-daughter
@ocean-daughter
2 months ago
30 posts

How wonderful to see the way this all took off!  I'm just sorry I missed it somehow.  I'll put this on my calendar for next year!  Clearly I need to stay on top of things with fotmd.  giggle2

Robin Thompson
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
3 months ago
1,332 posts

As far as I know, there were folks from 5 or 6 different countries who participated in IADD-- yay!  It has been a joy to see so many deriving joy from playing Appalachian dulcimers.  

Frank Dudgeon
Frank Dudgeon
@frank-dudgeon
3 months ago
14 posts

Well done everybody! Greatly enjoyed the videos. 

Robin Thompson
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
3 months ago
1,332 posts

@macaodha Val, I hope you had opportunity to make music to celebrate International Appalachian Dulcimer Day!  

MacAodha
MacAodha
@macaodha
3 months ago
31 posts

Best wishes to all on this International Appalachian Dulcimer Day.

Robin Thompson
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
3 months ago
1,332 posts

Wow, @dusty-turtle you had a great group for IADD!  And your cover of Lucinda Williams's Lake Charles is so good!

@slate-creek-dulcimers Your Hand to the Plow is just right on that pretty instrument you made!  And your singing sounds old (you know I mean that in a good way).

@steve-c So good you could share the good word of the joy of Appalachian dulcimer music-making!   


updated by @robin-thompson: 03/26/22 07:05:09PM
Dusty Turtle
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle
3 months ago
1,579 posts

It was so fun to wake up here on the west coast and find so many people had already been posting such good music on the first ever IADD. Thanks @robin-thompson, @ariane, @gordon-hardy, and @slate-creek-dulcimers, for sharing good tunes on our favorite instrument.




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updated by @dusty-turtle: 03/26/22 04:58:52PM
Dusty Turtle
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle
3 months ago
1,579 posts

My online dulcimer club met today. We were over 20, and several mentioned that they had already posted something for IADD. We played 5 songs together: Green Grow the Lilacs, Harlequein Air, Marche Nuptiale, Rickett's Hornpipe, and Southwind. 

And separately I also posted a cover of a Lucinda Williams tune: Lake Charles .

Here's a screen shot one of the participants sent me:

Happy IAD DayappreciatingDusty.jpg




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updated by @dusty-turtle: 03/26/22 04:52:49PM
steve c.
steve c.
@steve-c
3 months ago
57 posts

Just finished playing dulcimer at our local antique store.  Introduced the dulcimer to people wha have never met her…😊

Ken Longfield
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
3 months ago
882 posts

This is good music folks! Thanks for sharing you talent on IADD.

Ken

"The dulcimer (and its players) sing a sweet song."

Robin Thompson
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
3 months ago
1,332 posts

How I enjoy seeing music from lovers of the Appalachian dulcimer from places near and far!  Wonderful music, friends!  

Gordon Hardy
Gordon Hardy
@gordon-hardy
3 months ago
23 posts

To mark International Appalachian Dulcimer Day here is my version of The Leaving Shanty

Ariane
Ariane
@ariane
3 months ago
50 posts

In celebration of the today's #internationalappalachiandulcimerday please find my original composition called "Waltzing in the Appalachians" - I would be happy if you enjoyed it (best listened to it with headphones).

The journey with this special musical instrument started for me in 2018 - and the magic is not only its sweet sound and beautiful look but also all the very kind dulcimer players one can meet all over the world grphug

Happy dulcimering!

Ariane

Ben Barr Jr
Ben Barr Jr
@benjamin-w-barr-jr
3 months ago
60 posts

Nice.

Ariane
Ariane
@ariane
3 months ago
50 posts

Dear Robin and Mark - I enjoy your wonderful music so very much! bighug (...and what a nice t-shirt you are wearing, Robin jive

Robin Thompson
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
3 months ago
1,332 posts

Friends, it's International Appalachian Dulcimer Day!  I wish you all peace and joy and lots of happy strumming!   

Dusty Turtle
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle
3 months ago
1,579 posts

It's so cool that this is taking off.  Tull Glazener will be posting as well and just sent out an email with @steve-c's poster and offering tab for an original composition, available only on IADD!




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Ariane
Ariane
@ariane
3 months ago
50 posts

That's a wonderful idea and I have just finished my recording for tomorrow sun

Robin Thompson
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
3 months ago
1,332 posts

Tomorrow's THE day! sun

Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
3 months ago
2,087 posts

Ah, so now we know: 1) why Leo could not attach a word file, and 2) why there was suddenly a .pdf there that Leo did not put there. Mysteries solved!

smile




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Dusty Turtle
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@dusty-turtle
3 months ago
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To explain the confusion, I turned Leo's Word file into a pdf and posted it in his thread.  I was trying to be helpful smile , but this appears to have caused enormous confusionshrugger .  Just call me an agitator nahnah (or maybe a gremlin).




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updated by @dusty-turtle: 03/23/22 01:04:32PM
Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
3 months ago
2,087 posts

Leo Kretzner:

(I'd post the flyer with all details, but Word docs are not showing up after choosing 'Attach File.' (Computers still hate me.))

Leo, I have our site code set to not allow people to attach word docs to posts, because that type of file can contain malware code. It's just a site safety setting that has nothing to do with you.




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Leo Kretzner
Leo Kretzner
@leo-kretzner
3 months ago
22 posts

I conclude (half believing it) that it was necessary for me to leave the page, the computer and the room it's in for it to work!! Have no idea how it turned into a PDF from a Word doc. It's all voodoo and gremlins, but sometimes they're friendly...  

Leo Kretzner
Leo Kretzner
@leo-kretzner
3 months ago
22 posts

Thanks, Gregg, for posting about our Saturday get-together and open jam at Claremont's Shelton Park! We'll be there on Saturday from Noon to 3 - or longer if the turnout warrants it! C'mon down!! 

(I'd post the flyer with all details, but Word docs are not showing up after choosing 'Attach File.' (Computers still hate me.))   [And yet, lo and behold, a flyer has appeared -- DT]


updated by @leo-kretzner: 03/23/22 11:16:22AM
Dusty Turtle
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle
3 months ago
1,579 posts
Hey Gregg, I'm glad to hear there will be a live celebration of the first annual International Dulcimer Day! Make sure you take a picture or maybe a video and share it with us.


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Gregg Schneeman
Gregg Schneeman
@gregg-schneeman
3 months ago
27 posts

Hi Dusty, just saying I'm going to be meeting up with Leo Kretzner and as many Dulcimer Players that show up at the Shelton Park Dulcimer Statue, corner of W.Bonita Ave and Harvard Ave.N. in Claremont CA for International Appalachian Dulcimer Day!  

Dusty Turtle
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle
3 months ago
1,579 posts

The IADD stickers arrived today. The coloring came out significantly darker than I had expected, but they're perfectly fine otherwise.  The yellow lettering is easy to read against the background, but you have to look closely to see that the background shows the soundholes and fretboard of a dulcimer.

If anyone wants one (or a few), contact me by PM.




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Robin Thompson
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
4 months ago
1,332 posts

Thanks a bunch, Dusty!  

Dusty Turtle
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@dusty-turtle
4 months ago
1,579 posts

Of course, @robin-thompson.  I'm sharing the image specifically so that others might make use of it.




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updated by @dusty-turtle: 03/09/22 03:29:04AM
Robin Thompson
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
4 months ago
1,332 posts

@dusty-turtle, I like your sticker image and wonder whether I may share it on social media? 

Dusty Turtle
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle
4 months ago
1,579 posts

I just ordered some square stickers using this design. Shipping costs may prevent me from sending them around to everyone, but feel free to download the image yourselves.

IADD for stickers.jpg
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updated by @dusty-turtle: 03/09/22 03:28:47AM
steve c.
steve c.
@steve-c
4 months ago
57 posts

Sorry, I was just kidding about making it a month, but I did think it was interesting to list events going on in the month.

Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
4 months ago
2,087 posts

I agree with the approach of keeping it simple- go with our original name and designated day in March. Don't worry about what others may/may not be doing.
I agree with Robin's thoughts about it being a simple celebration that anyone can be part of from their own home in whatever way they can or would like to. Complicating things or broadening the scope only makes people not want to do anything themselves.




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Robin Thompson
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4 months ago
1,332 posts

@steve-c Folks can do whatever they like.  Personally, I'm all for keeping a focus on a single day and leaving things as they are.  We are not an "official" group of any kind-- I think of it as whoever posts to celebrate on 26 March 2022 as an equal participant in the day.  For my part, I hope to keep up with responding to the posts of all who respond on IADD which I see here and which come down my Facebook feed.  For what it's worth, I saw no names with which I was familiar on the FB group you found.  

EDIT: I just looked at that International Mountain Dulcimer Players Day group on FB again.  It seems members were not posting their own music to celebrate the day but sharing the music of others.  At least that's what it looked like may have been the focus.          


updated by @robin-thompson: 03/01/22 07:57:01AM
Dusty Turtle
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle
4 months ago
1,579 posts

FOTMD member @david-bennett is the one who maintains that heritage dulcimer material, and he provides links to the relevant pages in the Mountain Dulcimer History and Traditions Group.  I would encourage everyone to join that group and give that compelling stuff a read, not only in March but all year long.




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steve c.
steve c.
@steve-c
4 months ago
57 posts

Got it.  

Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
4 months ago
2,087 posts

Steve- I'm sorry but i had to delete a couple of your posts that were copied from another site. The formatting of the text, ads, headlines, and pictures was so gigantic that it screwed up the page here on fotmd. Plus run-on lines. It made everything here impossible to read and would also generate Google errors concerning posts with huge items or text that doesn't fit on a page. Try to not copy/paste chunks of content directly from other sites, thanks!  hi




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steve c.
steve c.
@steve-c
4 months ago
57 posts

Lots of Jean Ritchie and Ed Thomas history in March…

steve c.
steve c.
@steve-c
4 months ago
57 posts

Today in Mountain Dulcimer History for March:

https://heritagedulcimers.wordpress.com/today-in-mountain-dulcimer-history/timdh-march/


updated by @steve-c: 02/28/22 08:09:42PM
steve c.
steve c.
@steve-c
4 months ago
57 posts

@robin-thompson, Maybe if we have a couple of groups designating March for Dulcimer events we should make it International Appalachian Dulcimer Month?  

Robin Thompson
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
4 months ago
1,332 posts

@steve-c, I looked and found International Mountain Dulcimer Players Day.  The page went up a year ago and the group has 90 members.  I appreciate your posting about it here and agree with you that it doesn't change anything with us.  For my part, I'm glad we have no Facebook page (nor website)-- we're all just friends spreading the word to all who'd like to participate in a grassroots celebration of the Appalachian dulcimer.    

steve c.
steve c.
@steve-c
4 months ago
57 posts

I have found a Facebook page entitled international Mountain Dulcimer Players Day, March 9th.   I am not on Facebook so I don’t know if it is active or not…I don’t think it affects us, but wanted you all to know.

steve c.
steve c.
@steve-c
4 months ago
57 posts

If you are on messenger you could send a flyer for IADD to your dulcimer friends….just saying…🥴

Robin Thompson
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
4 months ago
1,332 posts

Neat, Dusty!  Count me as in line to order a sticker.  Or two.   


updated by @robin-thompson: 02/28/22 07:10:48AM
Dusty Turtle
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle
4 months ago
1,579 posts

OK, here's the latest version using @leo-kretzner's photo.  I had some square stickers made of something else a while back, and I as soon as I can get a discounted rate, I'll have some of these printed up.




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Robin Thompson
Robin Thompson
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4 months ago
1,332 posts

That's a wonderful photo of Jean Ritchie with Bess Cronin, Val @macaodha !  I've tried to find out whether it is under copyright yet no luck.  The idea of Jean introducing the Appalachian dulcimer to Ireland is such a lovely thought-- the first (or one of the earliest) steps in the instrument being introduced internationally.  

Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
4 months ago
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We should be careful about using photographs taken by other people. For example, many of the nicer photos of Jean Ritchie were taken by her photographer husband George Pickow, and of course the family owns the rights to them.




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steve c.
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@steve-c
4 months ago
57 posts

I love my John Stockard!

Dusty Turtle
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@dusty-turtle
4 months ago
1,579 posts

Yes, Leo, the other photo is one of my own.  It's a John Stockard baritone.




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Leo Kretzner
Leo Kretzner
@leo-kretzner
4 months ago
22 posts

Dusty, I don't recognize the dulcimer in your 'another potential sticker' mock-up. That photo is from elsewhere, isn't it? Very distinctive sound holes and nice details - who made that one? 

For what it's worth, the heart motif is SO much associated with dulcimers and the older dulcimers especially, a photo that includes hearts in the design would seem very appropriate. 

MacAodha
MacAodha
@macaodha
4 months ago
31 posts

I have a beautiful photo of Jean playing dulcimer in the kitchen of Bess Cronin, having difficulty posting this picture. 1952 possibly the first time a mountain dulcimer was ever seen or heard in Ireland. 

Leo Kretzner
Leo Kretzner
@leo-kretzner
4 months ago
22 posts

The dulcimer is by James Tranthum of Canton, NC. Photo taken in the mid-80s.

I've got a number of photos of dulcimers with this sort of 'heart-modified f-hole,' each by different makers, but the smaller hearts on the fretboard mark that dulcimer as J Tranthum's. While MD sound hole design is delightfully all over the map, this is perhaps a popular sub-type. See also Force and d'Ossche, for example. 

Dusty Turtle
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle
4 months ago
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Here's another potential sticker.  Still playing around with the possibilities.




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Dusty Turtle
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4 months ago
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Leo, I stole the image from among your soundhole photos,  It was made by James A. Tranthum.

I changed the coloring and some other details, but it was pretty red in your original.




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Leo Kretzner
Leo Kretzner
@leo-kretzner
4 months ago
22 posts

Very keen eye, Robin! It does look like a dulcimer I've photographed, but I don't own the instrument. Fine with me for it to be used. Let me look and see what info, if any, I've got on that photo - in particular, who made the dulcimer! 

Robin Thompson
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
4 months ago
1,332 posts

Dusty Turtle:

Yeah, we should probably get @leo-kretzner's permission before we start circulating that pic.  I'm trying to come up with something that can easily be made into a sticker or slapped onto a website.

I like it!  

Dusty Turtle
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle
4 months ago
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Yeah, we should probably get @leo-kretzner's permission before we start circulating that pic.  I'm trying to come up with something that can easily be made into a sticker or slapped onto a website.




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Robin Thompson
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
4 months ago
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Is that image meant to be shared, @dusty-turtle?  (I think I recognize that instrument as being one owned by @leo-kretzner .  I've admired it before.) 

Dusty Turtle
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle
4 months ago
1,579 posts

It's good to know word is getting out there!   Here's another simple image some folks might like.

IADD bleeding heart more square with hashtags.jpg




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marg
@marg
4 months ago
585 posts

I saw this, posted by Dulcimer Society of Dayton  on FB, this morning. Word is getting out.

dulcimer day.png
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Robin Thompson
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
4 months ago
1,332 posts

The word is spreading about IADD-- yay!  

steve c.
steve c.
@steve-c
4 months ago
57 posts

Dusty Turtle:


Well I'm a child of the 70s, so this is the ad I imagine:


Imperial Whiskey IADD.jpg



love it!  I have an original copy of that ad. I think share every ad you can.  

Dusty Turtle
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle
4 months ago
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I held my monthly online dulcimer club today and told everyone about IADD.  About 20 people attended and they're all excited.  We meet next on the last Saturday in March, so we'll be celebrating together.  I'll try to get a screen shot and post it here.




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Dusty Turtle
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4 months ago
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Well I'm a child of the 70s, so this is the ad I imagine:

Imperial Whiskey IADD.jpg




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Strumelia
Strumelia
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4 months ago
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Here, maybe try this version, I upped the contrast a bit with the white text. Here's a jpg and a pdf of same thing.

Should look fine printed out either in color or in greyscale...




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updated by @strumelia: 02/26/22 10:47:07PM
steve c.
steve c.
@steve-c
4 months ago
57 posts

I hope this poster is better...fingers crossed.

Robin Thompson
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
4 months ago
1,332 posts

Perhaps others will make videos to share with their friends to encourage participation in the day?  

Dusty Turtle
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@dusty-turtle
4 months ago
1,579 posts

Yes, the link works now, Robin.  I deleted my post since it wasn't needed anymore.

Thanks for doing all you do! bighug




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Robin Thompson
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
4 months ago
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I made a very informal video to share on YT and FB.  And included hashtags in the description, too.  I don't participate a lot in various dulcimer groups on FB so will, likely, just share the video on YT and from my personal FB page.  If y'all see anything amiss (other than the poor lighting and lack of fluidity in my speaking and Mark playing guitar downstairs), feel free to let me know and I can edit a bit. nod     

https://youtu.be/9IeJbS_tb48


updated by @robin-thompson: 02/26/22 12:02:41PM
Robin Thompson
Robin Thompson
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4 months ago
1,332 posts

Thanks, @dusty-turtle!  That helps a lot.  

I plan to make a little video for YouTube to share to my Facebook in which I will hold up the little sign I wrote on the inside of a piece of a cereal box and invite folks to participate.  On YT, I will add a hashtag (or two-- one spelling out #internationalappalachiandulcimerday and one using #IADD .  And will do likewise on FB and encourage others to use the hashtag(s), too.  If I do it correctly, great.  If I don't, well, no harm done.     


updated by @robin-thompson: 02/26/22 07:51:08AM
Dusty Turtle
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle
4 months ago
1,579 posts

The hashtag will only accomplish anything if your comments are public and if others start using it.  By all means, @robin-thompson, go for it, and encourage others to do so.  So at the end of your short explanation (which you italicize below) perhaps you could ask that people use the hashtag when they share their stories, videos, etc.




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updated by @dusty-turtle: 03/10/22 01:17:54AM
Robin Thompson
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
4 months ago
1,332 posts

I look forward to what Bubbles has to say about hashtags, Dusty.  I've used them for worldwide Play Music on the Porch Day but that's about it.  If the two of you talk and think it's a good idea to use a hashtag for International Appalachian Dulcimer Day, we can give it a go. 

Dusty Turtle
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle
4 months ago
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That's a nice description, Robin.  It captures the spirit of the day perfectly.

And I'm not the right person to ask about hashtags.  I can check with my teenage daughter, though.




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Dusty Turtle
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4 months ago
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Strumelia: Dusty, you are a mover and a shaker!  dancecool


Well, my belly shakes when I move like that dancing smiley!blinders




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