I've had interest in the use of mountain dulcimer in a string band context. Two records, both released this year, have been delights:
-The Long Point String Band- Piney Woods
The mountain dulcimer player in both recordings is Hunter Walker. Though dulcimer isn't played on every cut, when it's played, it is tasteful and in the service of getting a great overall ensemble sound. The Roger Netherton record was recorded at the home old-time musician Rachel Eddy with friends in support of Netherton, a fiddle champ at Winfield in a recent year.
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updated by @robin-thompson: 12/12/18 03:55:26PM
Lots of good albums out there, but also lots of free stuff on YouTube and SoundCloud. I learned my first dozen songs or so from watching YouTube videos. With the videos you can see people play as well as hear the music, so its a great teaching tool. Just a YouTube search for "mountain dulcimer" will lead you on a never ending but very enjoyable journey.
Dusty T., Northern California
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If you install Spotify (the free version) you can use the search box to find a fair number of albums that are mountain dulcimer recordings. I saved mine to my Spotify play list and had about 10-12 albums stored. Almost all of Jean Ritchies were on the list. I figured I could find the ones I wanted after I listened to them.
As I begin my dulcimer journey, i'm looking for some good albums to listen to. Are there any compilation albums out there featuring a variety of styles? I'll be honest, i know little little about the dulcimer other than I like the sound and I want to play one. I looked in the archives and I couldnt find any discussions covering this topic, so my apologies if it has already been done