John Henry


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Father Halpins Topcoat Yes.wmv

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Tune first heard played by the late, great, Roger Nicholson on his LP "The Gentle Sound Of Dulcimer" (late 1970's). Here played (warts an'all) on a replica Virginia style dulcimer tuned DGd, strung with 0.010, 0.010, & 0.011 plain steel strings, noter and bow, (the bow having but 14 strands, lol, and don't it show! Am waiting on a new one!)
Robin Clark
04/01/12 08:38:41AM @robin-clark:

How did I miss this one John H !!!!

That's wonderful Grin.gif Bloody brilliant 77.gif

There is a movie soundtrack in there somewhere?

You and Dave Rogers are leading the way with this bowing lark. I can really hear how this would have worked on those old Virginia dulcimers with plain gauge strings.

Keep at it - you are rediscovering a truely lost art !

john p
04/01/12 07:19:56AM @john-p:

Great stuff John Henry, brought a smile to my face.

I'm ashamed to say I only ever knew it from the music hall/rugby club variations.

john p

John Henry
04/01/12 03:14:54AM @john-henry:

Thank you Carrie ! Fellow member Dave Kirkpatrick, who was a friend of Roger, has posted a good noter/drone version on this site. I have also heard it called 'Valse Vienna', among other things ! It was a tune I played on my hammered dulcimer the first time I busked ! I remember well that I collected less than $5 in nearly two hours playing. Frown.gif I must have been terific ,lol


Brian G.
03/29/12 06:59:07AM @brian-g:

Very nice John Henry. I don't know if you'll remember this, but you were the person who initially turned me on to Roger Nicholson with during an earlier discussion here on FOTMD. Thanks for that! :)

Jim Fawcett
03/29/12 06:47:28AM @jim-fawcett:
Hey, I've heard that tune before, John. Never knew what the name of it was. Nice job.