Location: Chicago, IL
Country: US

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Richard Streib D. chitwood John W. McKinstry CD Strumelia Dusty Turtle hugssandi Robin Thompson James Phillips Jan Potts Geoff Black John Henry


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@folkfan • 3 months ago • comments: 23
Posted a new Comment on @hugssandi:
"Hi Sandi,  I hope everything is going well for you.  Spring has finally appeared to decided to stay here in Illinois.  It was touch and go for awhile as to..."

Latest Group Discussions


Modifing another builder's dulcimer

Has anyone ever modified another makers dulcimer so that it can be...
@folkfan 6 years ago - Comments: 9

I'll Fly Away and other copyrighted songs Just thought this might...
@folkfan 7 years ago - Comments: 4

How much do you change the song you sing? Or making a song your own?

I'm not quite sure how to ask this question, but I suppose the best way...
@folkfan 7 years ago - Comments: 10

Changing Gender and Politically Correct

Just curious as to others handle the problem or if you even consider it...
@folkfan 7 years ago - Comments: 54

Throat problems that interfere with singing

After developing a very sudden sore throat this afternoon, I thought...
@folkfan 8 years ago - Comments: 18

How old is the sheitholt?

Does anyone have a date for the earliest known scheitholt? There was a...
@folkfan 8 years ago - Comments: 18

Favorite genre of songs you sing?

Actually, I'm going to mention a favorite genre of song which I wish I...
@folkfan 8 years ago - Comments: 8

Songs in a theme

Playing the other day got me to thinking of a game. How many songs can...
@folkfan 8 years ago - Comments: 18

Breathing exercises or breath control

As we're a group of people who are interested in singing, I was...
@folkfan 8 years ago - Comments: 15

Song Share

If you've heard an interesting song recently, or have an old favorite,...
@folkfan 8 years ago - Comments: 12

Expanding repertorie

When you sing do you find yourself sticking to favorite songs or a...
@folkfan 8 years ago - Comments: 16

Discussion question/Does singing help you play?

Does singing with the dulcimer help your playing style? Here's my...
@folkfan 8 years ago - Comments: 14

When is enough enough?

When do you decide that you are in enough pain that you need to stop...
@folkfan 9 years ago - Comments: 14

Insomnia/Night Pain/Mind won't shut off

Well here I am sitting at the computer at 5:45 AM, normally with the aid...
@folkfan 9 years ago - Comments: 6

Hearing Difficulties

So far, I've talked about a couple of problems I've had with learning...
@folkfan 9 years ago - Comments: 27

Hand Pain

Decades ago, I tried to learn chords, but had to give up. Playing chords...
@folkfan 9 years ago - Comments: 11

Ballad Playing

Because of discussion started on Jock O'Hazeldean, I got to thinking...
@folkfan 9 years ago - Comments: 32

Key West Noter Burn

Can anyone confirm or deny the report of a noter bon fire in Key West?...
@folkfan 9 years ago - Comments: 55

Chordal Accompaniment for DAA

I found this while on line. Not posting the pdf here but the address to...
@folkfan 9 years ago - Comments: 5

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04/21/19 09:31:22PM @hugssandi:

Thinking of you fondly today while missin' "the good old days".

Dusty Turtle
01/15/17 12:45:42AM @dusty-turtle:

Glad to see you're back, Folkfan!

Robin Thompson
01/14/17 10:34:52PM @robin-thompson:

Hi, Keigh!  I've been wondering about you. . . Good to see you again!  :)

Robin Thompson
08/14/15 08:41:07PM @robin-thompson:

Hi, Folkfan!  I've missed you here on fotmd! 

Karel Votanek
05/15/14 03:16:22PM @karel-votanek:

Hello Folkfan,

thank you very much for your nice comment.

Es freut mich sehr,dass Dir das Lied gefllt.

Vielen dank

Karel aus Freilassig Smile.gif

Karel Votanek
12/07/13 02:19:23AM @karel-votanek:

Hallo Folkfan,

darf ich Dir eine Freunschaftsanfrage senden?

Vielen Dank

Karel Votanek,Deutschland Smile.gifSmile.gif

Karel Votanek
12/07/13 01:25:39AM @karel-votanek:

Hallo Folkfan,es freut mich sehr,dass ich mich unter Deine Freunde zhlen kann.

Vielen Dank

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Karel Votanek
12/06/13 04:36:40PM @karel-votanek:

Hallo Folkfan,vielen Dank fr deinen netten Kommentar

Karel Votanek,DeutschlandSmile.gif

Karel Votanek
11/18/13 12:01:50PM @karel-votanek:

Hello Folkfan,thank you very much for your nice comment


James Phillips
03/04/13 05:09:22PM @james-phillips:

hey Keigh, hope all is well in Chicago area for you. What type of dulcimer is that in the picture of a dulcimer with your cat? I'd never scene one like that before.

Robin Thompson
08/06/12 03:25:05PM @robin-thompson:

If you meet FOTMD friends abroad, I imagine many of them have more than one mountain dulcimer and would be happy to share.Smile.gif

Robin Thompson
08/06/12 12:41:37PM @robin-thompson:

Folkfan, you're a treasure! Smile.gif

PS-Hope you get to meet some of our friends here when you go abroad next year!

Robin Thompson
07/28/12 09:20:06AM @robin-thompson:

Hope you're feeling better, Keigh, after the health scare of the past week. Hugs to the dulcimer world's folkfan!6.gif

Marc Mathieu
07/10/12 10:16:28PM @marc-mathieu:

Hi Keigh and tnx for the nice comments on the Canadian Medley that I posted recently. Actually my brother & I do have a CD entitled "A Selection of Homegrown Canadian Tunes". I have it advertised on this site somewhere - can't remember where...

I've sold a few from this site as well as - $10 a piece + shipping.

I don't have many of the tunes TAB-bed out yet though - maybe 2 or 3 so far.

Dusty Turtle
06/17/12 05:05:40PM @dusty-turtle:

Thanks for your compliments on Lincoln and Liberty. That was the first tune I ever learned on the dulcimer.



John Henry
08/24/11 05:42:57PM @john-henry:

Folkfan, much of the Transatlantic/Aly McBain stuff can be found on Youtube should you wish to sample it ?


Stephanie Stuckwisch
08/23/11 04:58:17PM @stephanie-stuckwisch:


Just wanted to thank you for starting the Singing with the Mountain Dulcimer group. It looks like the most active one going at this time.


David E.Hall
08/03/11 08:35:37PM @david-ehall:
Folkfan, I was reading thro stuff as I do at 0130 european Time & I noticed you mentioned arthritis in your strumming hand, and your method of taping a plectrum to yout thumb. have you seen a thing called Shark Tooth ,they have a web site . Might be just what you are looking for. I got mine from Elderly Music a couple of years ago but have never used it, but that does not mean I won't at some time in the future. Just a thought, hope you dont' mind me adding my two cents.Smile.gif
Robin Thompson
05/21/11 11:04:37PM @robin-thompson:

Keigh, just wanting to wish you a happy & safe journey! The tales you'll have to tell. . .Smile.gif

John Henry
03/28/11 03:12:45PM @john-henry:

Thank you folkfan! I am glad that you enjoyed the tune. Any chance of us hearing you sing it, Pleezzzzzzzzzzze?