I "found" this 4 string equidistant dulcimer in my spare room the other day and decided to see what I could play on it. This was a cheap kit dulcimer that I wanted to experiment on with different strings but never got around to it.
I'm singing 'Walking Blues' in A with strings tuned to ADAA. The scale length is a bit short so the bending the strings near to the nut isn't a problem giving the equivalent of a 1 1/2 fret.
It was good to meet you yesterday in Bristol. As I said I really enjoyed your 'Born to be wild' video - one of the best surprises on an instrument since I saw The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain doing 'Teenage Dirtbag'!. I hope you are able to come again. Best wishes,
Hello again! Did you get in touch with John Molineux? I see he has recently joined FOTMD
Thanks, Duncan! Glad you like the album and thanks for the invite!
Hi Duncan, The club has fallen back a bit over the years and only has one night a month now instead of being weekly. Back in those days there was a singers night once a month, but there don't seem to be enough regular players around to support this any more. The Wandle Delta String Band are the resident group and play mainly Irish and Appalachian. I think they get together outside the club and are a very welcoming bunch if you would like to join in with them. There are usually a few floor spots going, I play there regularly, so they've already been softened up john
Hi Duncan, good to see a fellow Londoner on the board.
Don't know where you are in town, but will attach this months flyer from my local club, particularly good group playing this month.
Next Friday, Jan 25th at Court Sessions: Rattle on the Stovepipe Fiddle master Pete Cooper joins up with Dave Arthur (5-string banjo, melodeon, guitar, vocals), and excellent flat-pick guitarist Dan Stewart, himself also a great banjo 'frailler'. They perform a distinctive 'crossover' mix, and gained an enthusiastic following with their blend of traditional songs, ballads and dance tunes from the British Isles- and the Appalachian Mountains, clearly revealing how the roots, both musical and instrumental, of American music are firmly planted in Britain, Ireland, mainland Europe and Africa.
"...all master musicians, but there's no sense of ego, no promotion of themselves as stars, although they certainly can dazzle. They are completely at home with the music they love, and switch comfortably from American to English songs and tunes I love them..." Shirley Collins
The County Arms, 345 Trinity Road Wandsworth, SW18 3SH 8.00pm until 11.00pm [at least] Entrance 7.00 [members 6.00]; mem'ship 2.00 pa
Friday- Feb 22nd: Ben Paley & Tab Hunter
Glad to welcome you to the UK group - and indirectly, good to hear that you got back safely last night as the big blizzard approached.
Great version of Wellyn too - hadn't spotted that earlier. Looking forward to hearing your first explorations with the Dulcimer Works...
All the best. Geoff
Hey Duncan, welcome aboard. Glad ya found us.
Welcome, Duncan, to this little corner of dulcimer heaven. Hope you enjoy it here.
Hello and welcome to the site. This is a great place to share ideas and listen to music. I hope you enjoy!
Hi Duncan, and welcome to the wonderful world of the Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer. It's a good place to come, spend some time, learn and exchange ideas about the dulcimer, and to meet some good people.
Howdy and welcome to FOTMD!
Duncan ! Glad that you found your way here, a welcome to you from the UK/European group within FOTMD !
Welcome Duncan. Good to see you here on FOTMD. Lots of friendly, knowledgable folks here who are always glad to see someone newly interested in the mountain dulcimer. Hope you enjoy your dulcimer journey. Best wishes.