David Bennett


Location: Madison, AL
Country: US

My Latest Followers:

Ariane Ballad Gal Lois Sprengnether Keel tndulcimer Steven Berger Gregg Schneeman Elvensong Bob Cat Brown dulcinina Slate Creek Dulcimers Strumelia Ken Hulme Kevin R. Richard Streib Dan Ken Longfield Robin Clark Cynthia Wigington jeffrey charles foster Stewart McCormick Kevin Messenger Robin Thompson John C. Knopf Lexie R Oakley Sean Ruprecht-Belt Gordon Hardy


youtube videos: 15
images: 80

Latest Activity

David Bennett
@david-bennett • 6 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Purpose of DAA tuning":
"Strumelia said in part to Melanie, "What you learn at first will not be set in stone." I've found out that is true. Like Melanie when I started playing the..."
David Bennett
@david-bennett • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Show Us Your Pets!":
"When we first got Sally Ann she didn't seem to have any interest in the dulcimer when I played it.  Then she got to where she seemed to like it in small..."
David Bennett
@david-bennett • 2 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Today In Mountain Dulcimer History: DECEMBER:
"Robin Thompson: I would love to have met so many of these folks and am grateful you give us glimpses, David!   Right now, I'm reading Peggy Seeger's..."
David Bennett
@david-bennett • 2 weeks ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Musical Advent Calendar 2019 - Open the 1st door!:
"What a neat idea Ariane. I remember when I was kid living in Germany (early 1970s) every Christmas visiting the varias Christmas marts in the area and my..."
David Bennett
@david-bennett • 2 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Today In Mountain Dulcimer History: DECEMBER:
"BUMP--  There is (I believe) new material since I posted this last year. Today In Mountain Dulcimer History: December..."
David Bennett
@david-bennett • 2 weeks ago
@david-bennett is now following @ariane
David Bennett
@david-bennett • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Have you met other FOTMD's in real life and become friends?":
"I've met several/many the last two years at the Berea Traditional Dulcimore Gathering and have become friends with them!  "
David Bennett
@david-bennett • one month ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Clara Callahan Weave Shop Dulcimer Player 1930:
"I thought this was interesting: Harry Callahan is mentioned in a history of health care at [Pine Mountain Settlement School] PMSS by Evelyn Wells as..."
David Bennett
@david-bennett • one month ago • comments: 8
Posted a new Comment on Clara Callahan Weave Shop Dulcimer Player 1930:
"Wow Greg! Great information."
David Bennett
@david-bennett • one month ago • comments: 5
Created a new Group discussion "Today In Mountain Dulcimer History: October & November":
"I've been remiss in my postings the last couple of months... Today In Mountain Dulcimer History: October..."
Mountain Dulcimer History & Traditions
David Bennett
@david-bennett • 2 months ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on William Duke Tester - Beech Mountain Dulcimer Maker:
"Bob: The granddaughter of Edd Presnell, Ms. Melanie McGrew, is quite active on Facebook and she may have a lot of info on these folks.   Bob, I sent..."
David Bennett
@david-bennett • 2 months ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on William Duke Tester - Beech Mountain Dulcimer Maker:
"Greg, you may have already seen these: photos http://www.usgwarchives.net/nc/watauga/pictures/testerpic2.htm..."
David Bennett
@david-bennett • 3 months ago • comments: 5
Created a new Group discussion ""Sunday Sunrise" video series":
"Kendra Ward & her husband have started a weekly video series of traditional hymns and gospel music. I'm hoping to pick up strumming techniques from it...."
Hymn and Worship Song Players

Latest Group Discussions

David Bennett

Today In Mountain Dulcimer History: October & November

I've been remiss in my postings the last couple of months... Today...
@David Bennett one month ago - Comments: 5
David Bennett

"Sunday Sunrise" video series

Kendra Ward & her husband have started a weekly video series of...
@David Bennett 3 months ago - Comments: 5
David Bennett

A Little Zither History

I found these interesting articles through Steve Carney:...
@David Bennett 7 months ago - Comments: 2
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Hearts of the Dulcimer: Episode 041: The Healing Dulcimer

This may have already been posted on the main FOTMD site, I'm just...
@David Bennett 8 months ago - Comments: 0
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Homer Ledford Radio Program Audio Files From Berea College

Most of the subfolders have many (over 200 I think) audio files you...
@David Bennett 9 months ago - Comments: 4
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Advise on making plectrum/strummer from a piece of hickory

I bought two thin sheets of hickory advertised as "book marks". They...
@David Bennett 11 months ago - Comments: 5
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For my birthday Karen gave me a 6 CD set, Anthology of American Folk...
@David Bennett last year - Comments: 10
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11-11-18: Appalachian Dulcimer Players In World War I

Here's a short piece I put together in honor of today being the 100th...
@David Bennett last year - Comments: 5
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Jethro Amburgey #883 Comes Home

Jethro Amburgey #883 Comes Home Source: Carolina Mountain Life Spring...
@David Bennett last year - Comments: 1
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Dulcimer vs Dulcimore

Today I ran across a letter to the editor written in 1973 regarding...
@David Bennett last year - Comments: 7
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Making Lemonade in the Southern Highlands

Here's my latest dulcimentary. It's a continuation of the Hindman In...
@David Bennett last year - Comments: 27
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Peg Drops, Peg Dope and Peg Compound

Is there a difference between Peg Drops, Peg Dope and Peg Compound? At...
@David Bennett last year - Comments: 17
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Photos from Don Pedi noter/drone workshop in Athens Alabama

Yesterday evening Don Pedi came to town for a workshop/concert/jam....
@David Bennett last year - Comments: 4

Latest Photos

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Latest Forum Discussions


Looking for tabs/books devoted to old...

Posted: Monday August 5 2019, 4:57 PM
By: @Lois Sprengnether Keel

2019 Dulcimer Exhibit Jonesborough TN

Posted: Wednesday May 1 2019, 7:01 PM
By: @Dan

Dulcimentary: Appalachian Dulcimers in TV...

Posted: Monday May 4 2015, 9:44 PM
By: @Lexie R Oakley

Who Will Sing For Me -- In memory of Judy...

Posted: Sunday February 8 2015, 5:22 PM
By: @Ken Longfield

An Unofficial History of Westphalia Waltz

Posted: Saturday January 24 2015, 1:51 PM
By: @Dusty Turtle

Archie Lee dulcimentary

Posted: Sunday November 2 2014, 7:25 PM
By: @Ken Longfield

Clifford Glenn Dulcimer photos

Posted: Tuesday May 20 2014, 5:34 AM
By: @David Bennett

Hee Haw Plank Dulcimer

Posted: Monday July 8 2013, 8:59 PM
By: @David Bennett

John Stinson #2 history?

Posted: Sunday November 4 2012, 9:38 AM
By: @Robin Thompson

My first Mountain Dulcimer Competition

Posted: Sunday October 7 2012, 8:11 PM
By: @Robin Thompson

A new dulcimer from a 100 year plus old...

Posted: Thursday September 27 2012, 10:42 PM
By: @Stephanie Stuckwisch

My two Keith Young Dulcimers

Posted: Tuesday February 14 2012, 10:05 AM
By: @Strumelia


David Bennett
08/03/19 06:33:39AM @david-bennett:

Some of us have noticed that the U.S. has never (so far as we know) ever had a stamp featuring the Appalachian Dulcimer. It's a long shot but if anyone (I'm not able to at this time) wants to take this on as a project there is a way to at least suggest the US Postal Service consider it:

Want to make a formal suggestion to the U.S. Postal Service?


Then mail your suggestions to:

Stamp Development; US Postal Service

1735 North Lynn St., Rm 5013, Arlington VA 22209-6432

How do I suggest a postal stamp design?




David Bennett
07/22/19 10:12:30PM @david-bennett:

Our friend Jake Hisaw (1918-2019) passed today. For years he camped and played with dulcimer groups from Virginia to Texas. He last yodeled for us in May and was active u to the end. See 

David Bennett
03/17/19 05:34:35PM @david-bennett:


David Bennett
03/17/19 05:00:11PM @david-bennett:

A traditional Irish tune for Saint Patrick's Day

The Bard of Armagh

Lyrics attributed to Patrick Donnelly (1650–1716).


Oh, list to the lay of a poor Irish harper

And scorn not the strains of his withered old hands

Remember his fingers, they once could move sharper

To raise up the memory of his dear native land


When I was a young lad King Jamie* did flourish

And I followed the wars in my brogues bound with straw

And all the fair colleens from Wexford to Durrish

Called me Bold Phelam Brady, the Bard of Armagh


How I long for to muse on the days of my boyhood

Tho' four scores and three years have flitted since then

Still it gives sweet reflections, as every young joy should

For light-hearted boys make the best of ould men


At a pattern or fair I could twist me Shillelagh

Or trip through the jig with me brogues bound with straw

Whilst all the pretty maidens around me assembled

Loved Bold Phelam Brady, the Bard of Armagh


Although I have travelled this wide world over

Yet Erin's a home and a parent to me

Then, Oh! Let the ground that my ould bones shall cover

Be cut from the soil that is trod by the free


And when Sergeant Death in his cold arms shall embrace me

Oh, lull me to sleep with sweet 'Erin Go Bragh' **

By the side of my Kathleen, my young wife, oh place me

Then forget Phelam Brady, the Bard of Armagh


10/09/18 06:46:03AM @dan:

I'm guessing around ten, but I'll let you know as soon as they finalize the schedule!

David Bennett
08/05/18 05:37:40PM @david-bennett:

Jake Hisaw will be 100 years old on 30 August. We'd like to encourage anyone who'd like to to send a birthday greeting to him do so at the address below. Over the years Jake has played with many campers and jammers between Virginia and Texas. Jake still sings, yodels and plays his guitar. He knows more songs than anyone I know. The last couple years he's been a regular with the Athens Dulcimers. 

Jake Hisaw

 Room 8

 The Madison Village & Assisted Living

 6016 Wall Triana Highway, Madison, AL 35757

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David Bennett
06/08/18 05:44:40PM @david-bennett:
I happened to be checking for dulcimer related items on Ebay today and found a FOTMD button for $6.95 plus $4 shipping.

Hmmm, maybe a should buy a bunch of nice new pins Strumelia sells for $2.50 each and sell them on ebay. That's almost a 40% profit!

Strumelia's pins http://harmonias.com/FOTMD%20buttons/

David Bennett
02/24/18 05:16:24PM @david-bennett:

Today I received the FOTMD buttons I ordered to wear at the now cancelled Hindman Dulcimer Homecoming. The good news is I'll still get to wear them that weekend in Berea and Hindman when I meet some of the other droners from FOTMD that have nothing else to do tht weekend. dulcimer  Anyway, in trying to explain the significance of the  rare and elusive Lesser Hairy Toed Fotmd on the one button to Karen I was unable to find the post about the moth here on fotmd.com (maybe I just missed it). However, I did find it on the older dulcimer-noter-drone.blogspot.com site and thought some of the newer member might be interested in the story.

The rare and elusive Lesser Hairy Toed Fotmd


David Bennett
01/24/18 05:49:36AM @david-bennett:

Long, Long Ago

Here's a new old tune I'm learning. Dave Holeton's video is excellent for learning the tune

David Bennett
08/15/17 07:27:54PM @david-bennett:

With the total solar eclipse coming up Monday I was trying to think of some tunes that might be appropriate so after thing of some off the top of my head I went through my tab books looking for promising titles. Some of these might be a stretch. Feel free to add your own:

Monday Night Waltz (The eclipse on Monday)
Keep On The Sunny Side
Rising Sun Blues (House of the)
Sunshine In the Shadows
When This Evening Sun Goes Down
You Are My Sunshine
Meet Me By the Moonlight, Alone
Black Mountain Rag (?)
Bring a Torch, Jeannette Isabella
Give Me Oil in My Lamp
Lamp Lighting Time In The Valley
Meet Me By the Moonlight, Alone
Old Aunt Jenny with Her Nightcap On
Sunshine In the Shadows
Three Blind Mice
Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
Wake Up Susan
What a Day That Will Be
When the Stars Begin to Fall
When This Evening Sun Goes Down
Worried Man Blues

Gordon Hardy
04/17/16 08:45:59PM @gordon-hardy:

Hello David, regarding simple noter and drone tunes, if you wish to "follow" my profile, we can private message each other our home email addresses, then I can share several DAA and DAD tabbed tunes with you. I am unfamiliar with the 1-5-5 and 1-5-8 terms or keys or any of that stuff. I keep things fairly simple and am happy to share. You can check out some of my videos here on FOTMD to get a feel of what I play.

Jim Fawcett
04/13/11 04:57:17PM @jim-fawcett:
Hey David, welcome aboard. Glad ya found us.
Bill Lewis
04/13/11 07:11:16AM @bill-lewis:
Welcome to FOTMD David, glad ya found us. Grin.gif
John Henry
04/13/11 03:14:54AM @john-henry:

Sorry David, I forgot to say in the previous post that I had also been persuaded to post a blog about the TMB on this site which may also be of interest ?


John Henry
04/13/11 03:03:24AM @john-henry:

Good morning David, and welcome to FOTMD from the UK/European group that exists within it. It was a welcome surprise for me to find that you had taken the trouble to send me a message aquainting me of the fact that you had posted additional info on the ED site, thank you. Your instrument has been made on TMB lines, tho' I would suggest somewhat shallower than others that I read about when researching in order to make one, plywood has been around for a long time, and fits in with the concept that the old makers used what was to hand. Should you be interested, there are pics of mine 'in the making' ( I got the 'tinwork' very wrong !!!) and also video footage of me playing it, posted on this site. I was very lucky in that after I answered something on ED I was sent some very beautiful poplar from Indianna to work with. Keep in touch,