Currently I have dozens of favorites, but three of the top would be Ashoken Farewell, Elk River Blues, and Sandy River Belle.
Your Three Favorite Songs
Three???!!! Who can only have three! Well, a few of my favorite ballads are:
Rothesay Bay, Ca' The Yowes, Caller O'u, The Gairdner And The Plooman, The False Lover Won Back, The Maid Gaed To The Mill, Maggie Lauder, The Golden Skein, Today, Believe Me If All Those Endearing Young Charms, Lass From The Low Countree
James Horner's The Ludlows from Legend of the Fall
I wish I could find a way to tab this song.
Hmmm....dulcimer tabbed songs, Going Home, Somewhere over the rainbow, Summertime
Here's a link to the sheet music for The Ludlows - it is in D, so it would be very easy to tab, at least the melody line. https://www.sheetmusicdirect.com/en-US/se/ID_No/111153/Product.aspx
Favorites? Depends on my mood.
I will say that I think the two most beautiful melodies ever written are Danny Boy (Londonderry Air) and Greensleeves.
Dusty T., Northern California
As a musician, you have to keep one foot back in the past and one foot forward into the future.
-- Dizzy Gillespie
Three that have some meaning for me:
There's A Meeting Here Tonight sung by the Limeliters
Jimmy Newman written and sung by Tom Paxton
Paradise written and sung by John Prine
My three favorite hymns:
A Mighty Fortress Is Our God
Now Thank We All Our God
My Life Flows On In Endless Song
I could make up lots of categories for three songs, but I'll stop with those two.
"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."
I'll stick to my three favorite old ballads, all of which sound great either fingerdance-drone or noter-drone style:
Lord Lovel (Frank Proffitt Version)
Barbara Allen (Sheila Kay Adams Version)
Pretty Saro (Gillian Welch Version)
Or maybe my three favorite hymns:
Long Time Traveling
Or should I stick with my three favorite folk-rock songs, none of which I play on the mountain dulcimer:
Eve of Destruction (Barry McGuire)
Suite Judy Blue Eyes (Stephen Stills)
After the Gold Rush (Neil Young)
Or maybe my three favorite uilleann pipe tunes:
Lark in the Morning (Seamus Ennis)
The Gold Ring (Liam O'Flynn)
The Kesh Jig (Paddy Keenan)
I'm sorry I couldn't help myself, but the first three songs listed are my favorites on the mountain dulcimer.
Lay The Bend To The Bonnie Broom -- an early version of Child Ballad #1 Riddles Wisely Expounded, which we know as The Riddle Song
Massacre At Glencoe -- Scottish 'dirge'. "Cruel is the snow that sweeps Glencoe and cover the grave of o' Donald..."
Hughie The Graeme -- Scottish Border Ballad which mentions my clan Hume
Don't Let Us Get Sick by Warren Zevon, the theme song for those of us over 60
Last Farewell by Roger Whittaker, in the great ballad tradition
Suzanne by Leonard Cohen
updated by @ken-hulme: 02/15/19 09:15:42PM