Dulcimers and Such
While I was wobbling round the highlands of West Virginia last week I spent some time looking for a small hammered dulcimer for my grandsons Felix (4) and Toby (6). I believe in starting them young because it was on my seventh Christmas morning that I dug in the pillowslip and found, alongside the Rupert Annual and the rubber dagger, a Hohner Sonny Boy mouthorgan.
So, if anybody knows where I can pick up a small two octave hammered dulcimer suitable for small hands then please email me via the website. And remind me, by the way, to dig out some tracks by Sue Harris (Benji Kirkpatrick's mum) for the programme; she's a fine hammered dulcimer player very much in the English tradition. And while I¹m on about it I must try and get hold of a recording I've got somewhere of Jumbo Brightwell at the Eels Foot made back in the sixties he's a great old player; and there's another recording I've got of two Irish musicians McHugh and Carroll on uillean pipes and hammered dulcimer, it's called The Long Finger and has got some exquisite playing on it. I must play it for you.
Ah - so much great music, so little time.