Robin Clark


Location: Tywyn, Gwynedd, Wales
Country: GB

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Banna Strand - Glen Dulcimer - F,A#,A# - 21 Apr 16

Artist: robin.clark
Genre: Folk & Singer-Songwriter
Duration: 00:02:16
04/28/16 02:25:13PM @pine:

Good story behind this wonderful song Robin. So very nicely played and well recorded. The tuning and the tone are just killer. Haunting. Delightful. Well done!!

Lexie R Oakley
04/22/16 11:06:53AM @lexie-r-oakley:

Really pretty Robin, you get that dulcimer sounding so sweet.

Robin Clark
04/22/16 06:37:05AM @robin-clark:

Thanks Dusty, Gail and Kevin,

Kevin - The North Carolina pattern Glen dulcimers are particular favourites of mine.  I have one by Leonard and one by Clifford.  They seem to have a particular 'dry' tone; less sustain but more 'growl' than other dulcimers I have.  And the intonation is very good.  It could be the light, well seasoned planks and wide, shallow shape that makes the difference?  That North Carolina pattern has to be the most beautiful dulcimer shape ever produced - I'm amazed that non of the larger dulcimer workshops have ever picked up on it.


Kevin Messenger
04/21/16 08:07:47PM @kevin-messenger:

Very nice Robin, I like the sound of that Glenn. Just last week I had a Leonard Glenn dulcimer and banjo in the shop. They both needed replacement Peg's, dulcimer only one, and four for the banjo. Luckily Glenn's pegs weren't hard to replicate. I had time to make patterns, and get a rule made of his fret pattern. I see a new repro coming soon.

Gail Webber
04/21/16 02:26:35PM @gail-webber:

Very nice, Robin.

Dusty Turtle
04/21/16 12:17:20PM @dusty-turtle:

That's a pretty song, Robin, and you get a really rich tone out of that dulcimer. Your strumming is as steady as the tides.

Robin Clark
04/21/16 10:53:10AM @robin-clark:



I heard on the radio this lunchtime that today was the 100th anniversary of the debacle at Banna Strand, Co. Clare when Sir Roger Casement was captured while trying to land 20,000 rifles and 1 million rounds of ammunition from the German Navy that was destined for Irish Republicans.  I remembered seeing a song about the event called 'Banna Strand' in an Irish song book I have.  So I looked it up and have just learnt the tune at made a quick recording. 

As with many Irish tunes it sounds like it is in a minor tuning but is in fact mixolidian.  I played the tune on my Leonard Glen dulcimer using the 5-1-1 tuning F, A#, A# to give A# mixolidian.  The noter was the stub of a goose feather and I used a thumb strum for the right hand.