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Vol. II, No.2

Spring 1985


Billy Bennington

Organizations Directory

Mark Nelson

Musical Party Games

1985 Events Calendar

News, Tunes and More ...

Billy BenningtOn

DULCIMER PLA YERS NEWS Vol. 11. No. 2 Spring. 1985


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The DULC IMER PLA YEllS N~. WS i, pubhshed rour tIInes c:;a<h year bwcs arC' m;ulrd (\'j;, 3rd clns) 10 subKnben 111 January. Aim!. July and DelObc:r. SubKrlptions in IhC' UnltC'd St.llIC'S arC' $ 10 prJ )'C'ar. $18 for '\0'0 )'C'ars, C.lInad.ll: $ 12 pc:J )'car OII1C'r (OllnlTlC'S (surrxC' m;lIl): $ 12. (.lilT mad); S 16. Recent IxoK:k is,ulC'S arC' umallyanilablC'. Cosl pcor I»cllssuC' is$3.21 1I11he l 'SA. Ad\enlslIIg mronn:.!. lion 15 al-';libbl.c upon rcqucsc


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This issue is filled with infOfl1llltion carefully and painSlll' kinglycollccled from you. Thank yoo loevcryone .... horetumed dukmler organizations cards and scnt festival informalloo on time. You made our job much cuict-, '"!be dulcimer clubs are nowenle..w on the compuler, so change,~ are easier 10 handle. When changes occur within you r group, lei us know and ",,'C' II updatcthe file. Each issue .... ill contain informal1onon new dubs and the winter or spring DulrilOt~ PIQ)'tr$ N,...·s will ha\'c a cumnt dit«tory. Thanks 10 Cathie [)ramo: from Indonesia and Ebcrlwd Fink from Germany. "''C ha\'C some beautiful S1amp!l to shan: ... ith DPN n:adcl'5 , Ifyoucolloctslampsand ....ou ld like loshare In the colle("lion. jU)t!;end us a sclf·addresscd stamped cnvelope:md ....1.'· 11 be glad toshare :;Ollll':with you. As aside OOlc, COlhicscnt us 50mC 5tamps from Nepal which picture 3)CWS bru-p (one left ) and a SlmlJIgi · ofthe violin f3ml ly (Sllleft). If you ba\'Cstamps 10 share with other n:aders. yoo're wdCQrl'lC to send them.

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Ads ..................... May ISth Pleal'C Ill:Ike all ads camenHcady:md oor· reedy siud. Ad sp«ilic3t~s:md priI:~ ate available upon request , It helps us if you n:I'Cl"le an ad space as soon as you

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The July issue will be: mailed 3rd elMS from Michigan in mid ,July. EVI:r>ts men· lioned on lhe sumrTlC'r DPN shootd be

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DPN: I n:allyenjoy playmg the lu.mmerduld· mer. The music is haunting and beautiful. 8u1. .. my neck and ~hooldel'5 ache afler even a relatively ~ ~s~ion. The S11l!1d doesn't seem particularly ill· fiuinS. bUI playin, is .ocreuinsly un· comfonable. I know IIle O,,/<.mf'T Playu$ Nf' ...·$ isn ' l a mcdi<:al JOUrnal. bul I ' m IDter· ested 10 know if OIIler n:ackl'5 ha\'c en· cou ntered Ihis problem. If anyone has a n:la:cation technique, I'd beglad 10 hear it. \1c1anie Allen Philadelphia, PA I)c:ar

I'd like 10 !>han: a recenl experience. I al ... ays ehoose the 111051 .nteresllng events to gO OOIIClJ1TCndy wllh DPN JlfCpanllIOO for tile prinler, A$ llypesc:1 this leller ()11 February 24th. I'm going O\'er .... ords to a WI1g .... hICh I'm !eCOI'ding on February 26th , This will be the fifth Il!1d laSI recording Sl'$sion for a new album. On February 28th the tape will be lIli~ed and edi ted and. on our way 10lhe studio near Washingtoo. OC. I'll drop the DPN off at I"'" 1""'1 offoce In be Flpress Mailed 10 the mnlcr in Michigan' All of thiS could be accompli51w:d ooly .... ith the help of caring people ....ooang on both proJCCIS. On the DPN side ...·ere Joan Naucr. Amy Wamer and my sister Ruth Anne. On the album side wcn: 8 ill McElroy at Bias Siudio, F1awn Williams, F~ Averill and Selh Austen. '"!bey worked odd hours with me. cvcr eocourag mg lhal all would gCI done • and gel done wcll! If you're reading this maga:ci~ without ill"Cing reversed Pilges (as happened In the Ann Grirlle$ article in the winler issue· $OIT)'), ""'C made il. P!:':rhaps I'll iII"C you !It a festival Ihis YCaT, I hope so,

Dear DPN: Altending a dulcimer ("'il; va] ;l a Ir:od,· tion in many parts of the counlry. As southeastern Ari1.ona locks any scheduled cvenl of this sort, Anna Duff sponsored and COOfdinated the lim annual SOUth .... ~1 DulcLltll':r Days in June of 1984. Anna. an uperiellccd player of the mountain dulcimer, teacher, and memlll'r of the String TrollCR Trio. organized lhe cvent with the help and support of her rural community. Thc selling for the fcstival was the Duff family five· acre hotnestead in Cascabel. an ArilOrut g/'lost town ~ nnles northeasl of TUI;SOIl. '"!be tne!iljuitc forest and desen c liffs provided a uniqoc selling for the Ihree days of outdoor wottshops and SalOrday IIlgbt concen, Folk. Music Uru/rr Iht S/iI, S, Fca. tu..w pcrfonnel'5 "''Cre Doug Berch, Hon· nic Carol . Russel Cook. Jay Leibovitz. Madc"~ MacNeil . !lolly Tannen , and Randy And l'am Wilkinson. It was a lreat to hearstntms and b;m; and chorU!lcs from Ihe .... orkshops held grouped under the trccs; the San Pedro RiYcr ValLey had never SQUoded so good! The eVCntng concen wa~ c~pcc: iall y ....1.'11 attended, tlulnb 10 c~cellcnt local televi· sion, !lIdio, und newspaper covcr~~. Mony ingredientS combined 10 m:U.:c lhe first SOUth....est Dulcimer Days I ~UC«liS;


:n(g ....... <,~ Madel ine MIICNeil. Editor DULCIMER PLAYERS NEWS

the hosp,tallty shown hy tbc communIty . lhe perfomICn; w,tling~ 10 freely ~h~ .... their knowkdge and music, and the splnt of the folks ... 110 attended. undaunted by the country sclting , Now groond ...·ort IS being latd for lhe 1985 festival. Anna plans 10 b!wden the format. the name to SOIl,h".,sl TraDlI/lHIll/ MU$it' FtSliI'a/. It "'111 fcatun: 001 only linc mounlllln and hammer dukt · merperforml'l'5. but also mamiQlon, rlddlc. old linll': banjo, accordian, guitar, and chil· dren 's workshops. The two days ...·111 be filled .... ith workshops and cOIItinuousda) · time COflI;(/U . The ~ond annual Foil:. MU$ic' Urultr tht 5/i1T"S .... 111 ~I undc-r ...·ay carly in the cvcntng, to be follo ...·ed by a good old·f:lSh,oncd cou ntry daocc! This year's festi~al w,11 be held 10 the e3rly fall . Caseallcl's ncighbors and friends anticip"tc this cnc:on: evcnl, know· ing lhat • guOO thmg can only get beuer. L.ook for the ad in your sum rocT is!ioc of DU/cln'f'~ Pla\'~r N, ...·$ . For mon: mformation , contact Anna Duff" H,CR. Bo~ 412. lknson. Arizona 85602: Phone 602I6U·6646. mobile unit OW6. B:lfbr.l Clark Cascabel, Ari1.onll

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An Interview With . ..

Mark Nelson by Danny Carnahan San Rafael, CA WhHI fi rsl b rou ~hl )'OU 10 Iht' slran~f a nd r ,\ ol k bllSillnS of pia) in ~ du k in>er in publ ic? A ftcr \lime lun... pI3~,ng ruck and mU ... k ... In ... ba~" 1 heard ~ dulclmcr and 11 "a~ lhe d,r",cl 1I111",:al anlllhe~" or lhe clcrlrK' b;,~~. II "~, a \lIlu 1n~IrlIll",nl, ,m311. hl1hl · ",cil!-hl. 'lllltl. am] ,I d ,dn'l 1)lul!- III I 'Iancd pla~ l ng II on t>;,rnt breal- and be· I"~...,n pr.<eIKt" IInlillhe hilrnt brvL.c up. I ~p.:nl a )'car Northern Cat.(umI3 II),ng 10 gel an",h cr band IOl!Clher, l1l~llll!! ,,"'ncy "a~h<I1!! dl'hcs, Thai Illeanl Ihal .. hen I "cm ,n rlX~' 3OO,hOO' m) ham" dldn 'I "orl: 00) nlOR: So I p'·c tip lhe: b;", and hc!!an pi a) Ill!,! dulclnlCr " 100: and Illorc. 1 pta) cd \lI1" "n a Ik)ol "'ghl In 1972 al lhe Inn lhe 8 eglll111ng In C<M311 My



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pl;l('c and gu bool.. m~sclf \O'OCpl3CC thoe Ihc "une night The Tn>upc Ii.,.,>\( a break and Ihe JOllll1cr and Ilru~clci.l rhmugh Enlllatld mxlln:lanll. Wc "cn: 'Ul'pO~-..l1U gel rOj!crhcr ror rhe Edmhurgh An< r...,U"al hull...uill, ·Uo~h, if I "cnllO Edinburl:!h, rd IIms alilhe Imh mU~1I: fe~lival~.·· So I 'lUI! ar>d ... cnl l<> lhe I ri~h mu~i<.' fesll\al", Icamms lunes fmm aRia/_illS nlll"Clall, And ... as IIn) OIlI' else pla) illR uuld nrl'r in Iht sess ions un'r Ihert'? Nobody Ihal I krrc" 1I"lIy T 3"ncn "3~ pla}IIIS dulcirnn In England ~Ll i halillne , Boc~ In Ih<' Slale" lhe ooly Lll her dukllLler pla),cr I'll heard" ho tockled C(lIIlpk'l lri'h IUIIC!> "3' Kcot Sicallm3n In Fn:<no The Irish !LIIIt'S do prest'nl rnl'lodk I'ornpluilies hi Ihl' dulcimH ph')H , Some art !'HI knu cklt-bUSlt rs. Did yon upt'riml'nl .. illl Innings In hUl1dle Ihl'1II I'asicr?

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I "a, plaYing Ihe hununcl ,n Europc rulher Ihan a standard Amcncan dukimer II', gO! 10 ~I"n£, w,lh 6 dl'<)ne~ . I gOl "rrom Bnan Mum ford In Ca hfornla aboUI 1971 . !lnan had secn a PICIUn: of one In JC~Ln RIIChlc', book and lhought II "QUid be II fun IhlnJ! 10 bUIIIl. BUI nobody lne ... much aboul Ihe humlllCl an.,und lhere. Rnan tuned his in "hal" as ~'alletl l l)man lumng. bul I c~pennrenled around. e"enlually selIhng ()f\ lumng alilhe dronc~ 10 Ill. and A~ and [he me lody ~[nng, 10 DADO. though 11()'" I IUIlC lhe .. hole Ihlng up a half-'Icp. 10 E·nalS and II·nars, II seems 10 sound beller lhen:, The PICIUre m Jean R,lch ,e', book had 0110 M:tHnbe'll playmg whal loc,led hke a ehorllul ~t yk wllh some lind ofp:rrJlIdlhlrlls. I basell my stylc of playIIlg on Ihal ooc p/'H>Io, Iigunng Ihat Ihi~ IU1llhi be .. hUI II') ~Upfl'O'>etliO "-l1.lIld Irle. When I was in In: land I'd often lie a haod· len:h lcfaround lhe dmne 'Inngs 10 gCl rid of lho!m becallloC man) medleys ehangc key) 111 lhe middk. I dldn'l kno ... yOIl we"""1 supt>CI><!'d 1(> ~ uble t(> chungt k~y. on 1M dulcimcr. 100 I' ll jllM go aho!;rd and changc keys. I JU~I pla)'e(j backup al lin;!. GrJlluall), learning Ihe ch\)rIl~ 10 lhe IUnes. I pll,<:ed Ihe whole Iunes IOllelher. Ar~

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I fir>.1 Incll 10 rcpnxJucc bagpIpe ()ITI3men" , W,lh lhe bagpipe yo,,·,e got acon· IInuUIJ, 'In:~m of air and so In cnlphao.lI_c IWO a.Jjacenl nore. Ihm are tho! Joan .... ~ou ha'e 10 pia) one note. a couple noce, 1oOnlC .. lK-re do;c. and Ihen [he noIC agam Yuu h;,,·c lhe same pmblcm of di:finllKIIl mUlllllllllg Ihe dulcuner. I ,,'[)Uld do H 11l0,j lliell 'crJnmng·. orplpc ornamenting. I (oond lhal rapid hammcr-on~ anli pullofr, coolll , i"e thai JC .... y I'lagplf'C df.ocl,

So how ..-oold YOll nntple ' cnnning' in dulci mer tabllllUrt ' W"h ereal dlffi,·ully. 1'10. scri"u,ly. ,,'s nearly I mpo)~lblc 10 learn Ihac ,tulT (WIH ...·rillen llIu~ic, You can'l gel the qUlrl:~ lillie m)lhms and )"oolcnd 10 playa lillie MlliL-d and ~lilT, In real hf... tncy go by >0 fasl )011 can·1 n:a lly wrile lhem all oo"n and nlJke -.cnloC of lhem So I lell 111) SlutlenlSIouse lhe .... nucn I1OIJIlOn as ~sort Qf rood m~ of "har"~ gOll1g 00 llten, ... IK-n lhe) have lhe blIslc IUIlC do",n. [0 hSlen 10 n:~1 Iri~h wi" mu,ician~ pla)ing on Ir.Kllllooal mstrumen's '0 gel lhe lrue fccl ar>d Itl!. In uddJlloo 10 your ,\ppa lachia n dule;mt'r I4 nd hU'llntd , , nu puform 011 II Ilull ga rliol n t"illera Ipmnoun('ed Zt: t:Irll l. It has II Io'·cl)". fu ll sound for such Y s mall inSlrum e nl . Whlll '~ diffue nl a bout Ihe cillerullnd huwdid )OU figure o ul how 10 gel slIch r ompln melodies and C1.llllllrr-ml'lodies on il? The rc's a ,'Uera renah~allCe ~oll1g on OOW .... hICb I'd h~e 10 Ihll1l r'e hall a small p:rrt in. The clucra h;rs L6 ~Innss am'lnged wilh 3 selS of doubled melody strings, IUned in unison." Mn ngs tuned 111 Slhs Ihal M:rve as bliss Sln ng5. ~nd ;\ eourM'S of doubled Slnnp tuncd 10 a majOr or minor rnad, dcflCr>di ng on ",hal YOU're

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When I ":ill> a hule l,d onc: of Illy bc-SI f1icnds ..... ~ a ,,()\\boy named AI Ikhr:u'ld ... 110 had ~ dlllk r..11(1I m ... hal ,~ no"'" 11 Southern C.hforma hou)lrg de>clop. mo:nl Ilc llsed 10 smg I lot of cu ... boy WIIg) for me, Whal .wngs do ,00 IIU f\H" most? I espcrl3l1y lil.: loOng' lhal lell reall y )Iupld W)I'1C' CUllb(,y 'iOIl~" hl.: many In(1I wng>. have: ~ gn:~t .....,n....: of plJCC T hey'n:: aboul '!<.II1"C""here • I've Ix:.:" I.. 'iOIl1e o r lhol.c place> I sing ghoul. \0 ,I feci, gond 10 play .he '"nE'. C,,,,,boy puclry u"..,~ lhi:: langullge ,n IntercMl n!! ""lIY,' . L lle: MSomcIlmn my ~ ... wld talc 1I fall :md I'd ~hoot on IIle a ~~nnonbaJl '" llhe j!JQUnd gOl .n In) "ay " I) II. Won! . )1I'orth ... ould be proud' 'r hat's grea, Amo:oclll1 (tuff' 110'" do ) 00 go llbout pullill, all lheor


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Moch of III) pcrfomllng " Ihrou£b an, ~'lUnc", Wllh an, C"OUIlC,I, 1 lkHi·t JII'I pia) for a foil no""d or a gn.lUp of dukl · lIlt:r enlhu'I3'" I pllI~ rot C\CT)onc: (Tllm Lillie SI' 10 Gr.. ndrna and III Ilx:m t tIC· "OIllC a colurful replica of l\nlCn~·a· .. largel) fiCIlIIIIU~ pa>1 The .. ht,w I'\C Ir:l\ckd "nil nllN n:cc:ntly I cali MM,NC of lhe Old World" lhe Old We, t .. The half" mll'lly Eurllpt'an IIIU"~; 1·n:rOj:h. 8nll.. h I,k". s..-,ondma\ .an TIx: ......:000 half" largel) ....·C)ICm mU'1e from U.ah. lhe Greal 8a~m lI1"Ca. "llh 'o<Jfni: Al'p.dach,an lind ,\II"""''' IIIOC" Ihmlln III 1t·, ... H1 uf a Ihcaln: plC\."C "" nh h"lor. · cal IIII~re ..1


Tht' hisllM'} aJld tht' mu~ic . hould hc lnlHcs linjt til , our alldienCl"i . sinn 1II"l.'h nr Ihe O ld Wlosl ""-liS .wllll'd by t : Urtlj)l.'III1S. Therc's «rl a;l1 ly It ronnec, 100.,11 . RIghi t or l11,taocc. lhen.") Ulle wng I .:mll by Roma,"c Llludemutl ~atlcd f.u ·) f ·rrn, Which I reo:onk:d Ih" ,Ullll1lCr IWI fll",A~r I)',.." Just for fun I o>cn.\ub/)cd a pcnn),· .. h",1e p;u1 ~nd ",gl""d I.... ' lhi:: lune ... a, I,,~h Somc... here alung lhe line . Ih,~eollboy from Aril. ....... eanlC up II Ilh an In'h a.r fo.-. 'I()II! about Ilro"'ln! old m GTlInd Can)IWI coonlT) Thai', the kInd of roonccuoo 1 hle 10 brtngou. tn 111) shu", , 'ou· \ r la u jlht a nd pia,-ed flM'lIudimrcs I S cullurall) di, ersr lIS south" CSlnll ('OlIbo)! lind '\llISkan Esk imos . " 0'" did Ihc t::skilJlO!; ruello , our music:' I lIIugbt dulcuner f(W a coople of ""tt"~ 10 Yuptk E.<J.11TtO'o In Alasla_ The lKis ...·ert' U I1"Cmc:I} Inle1"CSted In IIhal I "as limn,. 110... I lI'as dolng It. lI'h}' 1 wasdolnllil The leenallen.· P"lnl of reference was, of course. rock and roll, so Ihal 's how 1 HppmacllCd lhem We Inok rod and roll »ons~ and I~amcd 10 "ns Ihe \an(lU~ p;tn~ Once lhey fou nd Ihcy cou lilleam lhe IIlU~'C as WCllli~ bu)' 11. "e procccdcd In lhe tunc>; I h~c lopl 3y on thcdulctnlCr. The l .lI~ 1'J\cd ii' 'rney >Iartt:li show ing up at the school at6 alii logel on lhe dllkuner No"". In AI;as~a the schools ha>e 10l~ of I1M.111C'Y, They "ould ha"c b..'Cn gentng on a cunlptJter leontnal. but lhey "hol.c the dul· "tn"Cr Instead. I IIled lhat

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Mod. and roll rrminds me ur Ihe husi. of musk . \'ou al'proIKh folk musit as a husi llH,~. lilt'; your bltCk!;:ffiul1d in nun ·rolk arlS mana!;:rnK'nl and promo(· ion proHn hnnd} in you r mLl~l"! n~

Ye~ r"e "orh-d for S) ml'hony OI1:l~m/~· IlUn>. produced fe>lI,pll. and IHlllen ~r~nls. as I d,d fur the Milne Troupe . I ,Ianed OUI m)' dukuntr ean.'er "nil Ihe 'Oc~ Ihal u ful l ewnl CWl o.nd ~Id be pfllmulcd u~,"g the ... me ll'l:hnlqtlCI used I" I'rulIlole II S) mphon)' ur baltel I" ~ :, 101 uf "t)fl and l)fJ;an'l.lIllOn. bllllh..·rc·~ rcalI) no mplery lu ,I

We ~II a!;:rff Ihwl folk musk is nOI liS IIIcnlh" Ihesr days as rock ur some III Iter I) IX'S of l'nterlnil1menl. l' her~ 's a lot IIr tremendous lalenl oul IlK'rl'. so "hal i!ll he pt'uhlem in I~ 11~liltion of folk n('nl~? One I'",bkm ,~ Ihal II""'*- I'nllllCllcr. IIS~ume al IIx ,hal fulk C:I·e,..., an'n', l"'~>nOI1"catly I'!;ID!c. Th,~ " eOlll'Ollndcd b) Ille fOCI Ihal 1!'1ml uf lhcm hal e no deJr ,dea "h)' pcvpk ~u 10 fulk cml,.'"rb. rIc found Ihal aud,cIICe) COOle OUI to f,.ll

c\"Cub 10 be emc rlamcd . It> "rIg aloog. IU gel nUl" 'Ih Ih,.',r Imed n....,.. ~ fllr the c"enmg. lu learn alxlllllbc:world. In ...."t" hI ,nE k!1end~ Ill ... Jean MIt"h,e or I>tx- Wal."Wl - lui, uf rea!oum a'!oOClall-d noI .... "h lhe 'fulk' bul .... Ilh lhe '",Icnl' PWl1k"er. "hi, "(111" i!m,p Ih" and unl) pr!""Ule ,hi} .... , ,,, 1"""",1" .... /w'''' ,.... )' ~"', ..· .o ho.. ("Ilie, ure bound IU be 'IICrca"ngly dlll'PPulIl!cd Mocl and roll IIIU,'CI uLKIicrlCC' II) ,Ik."t"r \ult::r.~c. I'ol~ mINe. prc-cmct.l I'I'lh na,r and .... '). can he l'tjuall) 11>01 mg. It prt>· ,,,Ie, a d,reCI Ime of cummll lllcallun from perfnrmcr 10 aU(ltcllCc. wnlClInlC' ,0 d, · rec! that IllI:re', n" d"uIICHon Thai l,nd IIf 1I11lll<."thac), )"1., elm' l gel fto,n MTV

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I pia) I lo'e lhe mu~1C and ",II pia) "on bodh",n. mandulln. "halel·c r. 1~ dulclluer " ""1) Wcll·w,led to lhe mu~1C and "fun. cCrlallll). DUI lhe mUlle I~ lhe IIlIlSI 'Illpurtam IhlllE ~u' lar.

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9th Annual CranMn-y GalM-rinl


Ju ly 26, 27. 281985

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Roscoe Village's 11th Annual

DULCIMER DAYS / May 18-19, 1985 "Ohio's Largest Dulcimer Festival !"

contests/workshops/ exhibits/ jam sessions Ac tivities· will take place in the Lake Park Recreati onal Area Pavilion, a short walk fr OO! the shops, exhibits and res taurants of Ohi o 's restored canal town -- ROS COE VILLAGE! Camping and mo tels l ocated cl ose by. l ocated on Ohio State Route 16/ 83 near the juncti on of U.S. 36 in ea s t-central Ohio. INFO:


ri ght categories of competition for trophies. La s t year's Grand Champion: Filed /.I1!.q1Ul 06 Cle.aA CAe.e.k., Iltd .

Roscoe Villag e. 381 H111 St. , Coshocton , Ohio 43812 (614)622 - 9310

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Chapel Hill. NC

FLAT LANDS SPRIN G DULCIM ER DAYS fealUR'S I Friday eveni ng conccn and Saturda y work shops. Info: Anne Landin. Rt . I . Box 10 15, MoncuR'. NC 27559. 919J966.)3SI. April 26-28

May 5

II rkna , AL

The 12TH SOUTHF.RN APPALACHI AN DULC IMER ""ESTIVAL win be I galher· ing of dulcimermakCfS and players featur. ing jamming. uIcs booths and. cooccn. Info: W.B. Banon. 2549 Altadena Forest Circle. Birmmgham . AL 35243.

Lima. OH

7th GREAT BLACK SWAMP DULC I· MER f'ESTtVAL will be held indoof1 at

May 10-12

CIft> R_ . TX

jamming. Info: SU!WI Porter. Ohio Slate Un ., 4240 Campus Dr., Lima. O U 4S~. 4 19n2S-264 I. cxt . 254.

41h LONE STAR STATE DULCIM ER C HAMPIONSH IPS fe-aMes con~ for mountain and hammer dukmxr playcrs. ans and crafts fair. wortshops and concerts. l nfo: Duna Ham ilton. 9().:ll louston. Arlington, TX 76012. 817/27S-3812 .

AprlI 27-28

May 18-19 Coshocton. OJ.!

Ohio Stale Un .. Uma Campus. Concerts. workshops of all kinds. opm Mage and

MI . Vkw. AR

The (karl: Folk Center's SPR ING DULC IMER CONVENTION will rC3t~ fR't !Cd and hammer duldmn COIIteslS. workshops and conccru. This )'CIf the contC:S15 will be held during the evening 1Joun. Info: Dulcimer Convention. O.tarlo: Folk Ccnter, MI . Vicw. AR 7~. 5011269JiS I . AprlI 27·2.11

11th Annual DULCIMER DAYS FESTI· VAL w,1I be held near Hi~oric R0500C Village . TIle festIval rUIliTeS mUSical rompcllliOli for blMh mounlain :and ham·

mer dulcimer players. open SI.l1e per. fOflllltl'lCd and exhibitors. Info: RO$OOC Village foundation, 38 1 Hill 51.. CoshocIon . O H 43812. 6141622 -93 15. May 19

BQsltHI , MA

The 41h ANNUAL BOSTON AREA DULCIMER (and AUTOHAR P) FESTI· VAL will teatuR' y,'or\I:~ and an evemng conttn . Info: 617/429-IS21.

Louls,·ilk. KY

4th S PRI NG FESTtv AL . spoosorcd by the Louisville Dulcimer Society. will fea· tUR' am and CTafts. duleufler (frelled and hammer) wonsOOps. an c~ning cooccn and oId·tune dance . Info: LouIsville Oul cllner Society. P,O . BoJli 4134. Louisville , KY 40204

May 21-23

Northern Virgin ia

The 2nd ANNUAL S PRI NG DULCIM ER CA MP ·OUT, lillie Bennen Regional Park. Info: Keith Young , 38 1S Kendalc Rd .. Annandale. VA 2200), 703194 11071.


(h'crtand Part. KS

The Pnurie DulcimcrClubv.-llIlwokIns9th ANNUAL DULCIM ER DAYS FESTI· VAL al Indian Creck Park. Workshops . jamming. folt.: dancing . hymn 5lngmg. openconcen. No camplng : motels nearby , Inro; i)Qrolhy May, P.O . Bolt 8172. Prairie Village. KS 66208. JUM 2

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2nd ANNUAL DULC IM ER DAYal Carriagc Hill s Farm. Info; Dayton Dukimcr Club, 643 E. Euclid. Spnngfleld. OH

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Park, CO

3rd COLORAlX) STATE DULCIMER FESTIVAL AND CONTEST reature!> an ans aAd crafts fesl lval in M1dition to concerts, contcst~ and wnn:shops . Info: Flal Moontall1 Dukll1lCrCo.. P.O . Bo. 3988. Estes Park. CO 80517, JOlI586-6727. June 14-16

Cosby. TN

9th ANNUAL COSBY DULCIMER &: HARP CONVENT ION . Dally work · Wtops, anc-moon mini-conccrts. evemng concerts. IQfo: Folk Life Center or the Smokles. P.O . Bolt #8. Cosby. TN 37722. 6151487-5543

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Marshall , MI

T h. 1985 SOUTH ER N MI C HI GAN DULCI MER FESTIVA L. sponsored by Uncle Carl', DulelfllCl'" Club. will fulUt~ wonshop!;. dancing, open 5!age. ooncens; Campsile:51v" labie . Info: Barbara Borton. 1660 W . Ki mme: l Rd .. hchon . MI 49201. :5 17n84-62 10.

Saturday & Sunday 22 & 23 June 1985 Beverlv Hllll, CA

HONORING JEAN RITCHIE & 'AUl VA. ARSOAU A FESTIVAL STAFF OF OVER 100 INCLUDING Janlla Bah. R.ndy Mlrch,,"y BIlly Birrell BIll M_ Rulh Barrell p"" McKHver Calhy Barlon BuOdy MKM.,'lr BKky BIKlcley MoIoneV Evo Bluesleln DenIS Murphy P"" Bouldlng Mirk Nelwn Ph,lip Bouldlng LII.Ornlleln L.rk,n Bryanl 0"" P,r, L,z C,rrOIi ..Ie,n R'lch.e J.rrelle C,rler Ptmel. Robe." OorOlhv Chase K,m RobtnlOf1 M,w, CoII,nt J.y Roufld P.uuell Cook Mlche Rugg L,nd. RUSHII Alberl O'Ouche Percy DanlOf1h Deborah S.ndler Penn F,. Tom Sauber Roberl Foree Cyn", Smllh Holly T,nnen Alasd, .. FfiHr Lance Frodsh,m C.rhy T"uI Calv'fl Gravat! Paul V~n A ,sdlle Larrv Hall RoQe"Wey Nul Hellm.n Rlndy W,l k,nson Sam H,n IOfl KII.n 1V,1I,.ms Jay L ~lhnv'" ..!oemy WIIIon Dav. MM;h.M; BIf~r. MM;Don.ld M~




The: 5T H ANNUAL SU MM ER SOLSTICE DULCIM ER & TRADITIONAL MUS IC & DANCE FESTIVAL. held tn Greystone PIark . fe.lII~ ov.r 120 wortshops (mstNmenlli. ~inglng and dancing). ~, uti enOs Info: Clarlr. &: E1atne: Wei~man, 4401 TI1IIiC1S PI .• Tan/If\a. CA 9 13.56. 81&1"342·7664.

Charlollt', NC

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Ik'·crly lillis, CA

The: 4TH ANNUA L C H A R LOTTE (N C.) FOLK MUS IC FESTIVAL. held al U.lIl1 Plantal ion Pan:. "'III hold ",00; . shops and cono:ens wilh hammer duki· """r. mountai n du lei"""r .nd ot:her in· 5!J\ImenIS; . Iso gospel sing mg and coonl!)' dl nclng. No camp ing . Info: Mari lyn Price:, :5301 Alc.u Rd ., /l.lPnhews. NC 28 10:5. 7041846- 1899. June 15- 16

C rOtOn, NY

Clearwatc:r's GR EAT HUDSON RIVER REV IVIAL. will b(- held al Croton Poinl Park, on the banks of the Hudson River access ible: by boal: campi ng avaIlable: . M LI5IC, d~. mmle. lheatre & SlOI)'Ic:lItng. pl us enOs & c:xhibilS. Info; tHldli Wetdo. 112 M ark~ SI . Pntlgh ket'pslt'. NY 12(,(11 . 9141454-7951. JUIN' 21-lJ

Blue MI . Llrke. NV

The: NORTI IEAST DULCIMER SY MPOS IUM, he ld al the Adirondack Ce:nler for !he ArtS, WIll deal with the: lheme of rftylhm; di$CIIssions, ooncen s. dance . Info: Barb Tf1ICx. 24 S. SI. ' 2, Iklhel. 06801. 2031744-7 166.


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KENTUC K Y SU MM E R D ANCE SCIlOOL.I! lkrel College. Berell, KY . Info: T Auxrc:r. 1445 8 louiSVIlle Rd .. Fmnl..fon. KY 4()60 1. SO"J22.J-I709. Junc 18-JO

Alilimonl , NY

O U ) SONGS FESTI VAL OF T RA DI· TIONAL MUS IC AN D DANCE fea!u~ co ncerlS, ICS~lItnJ, Jearn-how, mi ni· ooocens. children·J nrca and parhci p:lIory dance: arca . Info: O ld Songs, I ~ ., P.O . Bm 197. GU Ilderland. N Y 12QS4, :5181 76:5-28 15 JUrII 29-JuJy I

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JULY J ul)' 1-5

Boone. NC

Elmrm ANNUAL DULCIMER PLA YING WORKSHOP .... 111 fcalUIC beginning lfl.,1v~ cw.~. lO'mlnan , pnv.'e In· stl'llChon and open scaae· EnroUtnC'nl 11mlied 10 fiD! 125. Info; Dr Wilham G. Spc:noa. MusIC Depc .. Appaladtlan Stale Un .. Boone. NC 28608, 704I262·JOXI. July 12· 14

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I J lh AUGUSTA HERITAGE A RT S WORKSHOP is • five ""eel; program in mlmc.cbnce. folkke and cnflS of A~­ Ixtllil. Courses ....dable 10 _nllm and Iwnm.mer dukllna. TlIt Aug~ Fest, ...1

Soulh Kenl . CT

The NATIONAL GU ITAR SU MMER WORKSHO P offCfll I. 2 and 3 ....«k 5Hwons In weh lu ,1aJ" pbymg 51)1eI; as I'IJICk. jazz. cll.S.'licaJ. lingerpicl:mg and bluegrass. MlIS!a workshops ~ feilUrcd during each Je5;SIOII . Info: NGSW . So1 222. La.l:.csllk. 06758 , 201I567-M29 .


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Sih ANNUA L DQWNEAST DULCI· MER FESTIVAL fealures workshops. Jong shanng, instnlmtnc· malel'J booIh5. cona:n, contra cbnce Info: Son& 0( the Sea. 47 WCM St .. Bar HariJor. ME 04609.

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The non ·elec lri fied M US ICA L FUN FEST ~ by the Ongma! Dukllnet Playen Club features worbhops, concau. and ~ I/l:e pickin' , Info: lend SASE 10 Leora Goodall. 315 Maple SI . Comstock Park. MI 49321 . July 19_2 1 M ar qlleUe. MI No .... in il5 Jev~nlh year, the HIA WAnlA TRADITIONAL M US IC FESTIVAL orren ImUlonal music. cnfts .....ork· shops, achVlllCS for'n. ''''',mounl.

The D ULC IMER FESTIVAL . 1 Bob Evans Farm featul'C$ COIIICMS . ....orkshops. oooccns. and open SlIp. Info: Dukllnet Fesllval . So" 330. Rio Grande. OH 45674 61oU2AS·5lO5 July 26-21

Blnghamlon. ]'rI,'V

Th e 9lh CRAN IJ ERRY D ULC IMER GATHERING ....iII r~.ture ....orkshops. concen5 ani! COlltlll-dance. Info: M,w Collom. 197McIRMSt. • Roche$ter . NY . 146 19 716f)2lI-S856 July 27-21

Rockford . IL

Th e ROC K FORD TRADITIONAL FOLK FESTIVAL .... ill feature cl'llflS. ex· hibilS. ope n stlge and .... ortshopll. Info: Rockford Park D, slnel, 140 1 N 2nd Strttl. Rockford . IL 61107. 815/987· 8800.

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PI)"mOlilh. MA

PINEWOODS CAM P feature$ !iCven resIdential partlCLPI'IOr)' ....eeb In ~_ mIIJIC and folklore FoIl MLUIC Week 1$ July 28 10 "ugu~ 4 Info. COUIIII'}' Dance and Song Soclrly of Amenn. SO, ELghth A~, N.. ", Yon. NY 10018 July 29-Au\l:1I$1 4

Louls,·illt. Kl'

The 10Ih ANNUAL KENTUCKY MU SIC WEEKEND will feature I ....-eek of Instr\ICtlOfl In fretled and lw:lmer duklmcr$. IUloharp. bUl ldinl pocket InSll'\IInaIl$. and dance UIII year In IddLIIOfI 10 the fesuval . The f<'SllViI l!>elf is Alii . 2-4 -.nd will 1m-Jude ronmu ..... orkshops and dances. Info: Nancy Darbr. Bo~ 6,.. Bardstown. KY 4(0);1 . S02fJ48-.:52J7

WVA. lnfo: David Sunky. P.O. Bo~ C. Pipestem, WV 25979. 3041466-0626 August 2-11

MeBdocino. CA

Lark Ln the MommA MUSIC CELEBRAnON features musIC and dance .... ort.. shops on I vlllCly of lnill1.LnlCnts Info: UrI;: m thc Mormng. Bo..: 1176. Mcndocino. CA 9S46O. 707~.:5.569 .

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Sponsored by the Dukuller o.sorgamzatlOfl 0( ~tcr Wastunglon. thc TIllltD ANNUAL FAL L M USICAL WEEKEND. wLIl be held II CedarvIlle State I'arlr; . MD. Info: KeLlh Young. 38 15 Kendale Rd • Annandale. VA 22003, 70JI 94 1· 107 1.

contests InclLKhng mountlLn , "", hammer duknllcr. 1m and crafts fair, woRshops. and ronceru Info: Bob Redford. P.O. BoK 24.:5, WmrlCld. KS 671.:56 ) 161221 -

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II Pme Mountain Slale Rcson I'arlr;. Mmlconcerts will be htld as .... ell as ....'OO'sbops on both the f"'L1ed and hammer t!ukulXf'$. Info, Barry H(lward. Pille Mt Stale RC5O"I Parl, PLMvllle. KY 40977 . SOll))7-

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Winfield . KS

14th ANNUAL WALN UT VA LLEY FESTIVA L will be held II the Winrleld, Kan51S FatlJfOOrds. 1lIc festival features

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.' ull COLI IV MeaVTom MacKen:.ue. SOl, 41 . Adamllnt. vr OS&W. This CIIS!iCUC tape felltures classical . rngllme. Frencll ClInadlan and orglnal tuncs played on Illlmmer dulCimer With fiddle and plano

Wlnt tr Sol5 tl ctl1olln McCut c lleon . Rounder Retords. I C~mp SI ,. Clmbodge, MA 02140. Thill album featurti hammer dulcimer music for Chnsunas. Chanul.ah and the New Yc:ar's Season wnh Tr3pCzOKI and mcmbcn of the Wa.o;hInlton Ibeh Conson Ca n' and "'c:tdiRJffhc Chmchillas. 7616 Newmark AYe. Rosemead. CA 91770 Thl~ cusene tape fealures hammer and rretted dukunrr. vocals. IU'w, ~nn)·­ .. h,st le and other Illstrumc nu 011 such selectlQllS 15 Spot,f'fI PMI' and aJ



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": ddtn lI101mm o ns Coll tc li on/ F.ddcn H ammon~. Wcst Virginia Unl~crSlly I're~s. Colson 111111. Morgantown. WV 26506 This documentary album cootams 1I'$!ooc fltld rtCOfdmgs of old time fKklIe mllSlC m:otded in 1947 by folklon$! LouiS Watson Chapp:lI . An 18 page booL.kt accompanies the album.

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inlo a few be.IS? In short. If you IIIXd privI\C lessons In pI.yin, Indl musIC: on Ihe h.mmered dulcimer . Knen Ashbrook 's new bookIcasSl:t~ tutor IS Just the: thing for )'00 . nus IS - u)(r fnc:ndlyinWUCtion, With K~n '. Ion, eapc:nc:ncc: aI. jam XS5IOOS; - Bc:wan: or donleJ belnl pH.~ <W<!r )'011' InStrument don't barJ:e in ...obsc:rve the: dyTlllmlCS or Ihc: pc:opIc: In the: $eU1OO . -. he:r own winding p.1th to bc:cvminS a dulcmltr player spttlahzlng in Irish muslC ..... 1 ended up gotnS around the: ...urid fWlCC. "'lIh my musIC filW"lClnl my IInels-. making both the: lipe and the book '"Cry KttSsiblc. 1bere ~ forty,slx tunc:s 111 the book, printed both in standard nGUtlOll and a tablature ... hlch IS eapl'lnc:cI '" the: In· troductlon . 1be musIC 15 ~eryeasy to read and lhe enhre: book IS enhvened With de· lightfully rey draWings by Paulettc Di· ckerson. Bet....een lhe: book .nd tht cn· settc a vcry clcar cxplanatiOfl is given of the basic ornaments, tn plets, Mgrn", grw;e noles, I"Qlls and crans. thai are: fQUnd '" Insh musIC Elevcn or ille 1UneJ; an: demon traled on lhe: tape: . KlltCn begins lhe lape by In· troducing he:r dulcimer. a [)Jsty Stnnp [).15 . pllyin, 11\ arp<:U'o or t .... o and ,n ~lIlng the: IIstcl"ICr 10 play lion@: .... Ith htr. I found my~lf wlntin, more than the: elc"cn tlll'lCS that an: pe:tfonned. first upIO-kmpo. and then sJo.."ed down 50 that cvcry O()\c and embellishment cl n be clearly understood. M:my of the: tunes ....en:: completely new 10 me. I found the polkas. Oh. 1M Bnt("ht'$ FuU of SflC"M$. and Tht' 41 Pound Chtd dch"uful and CliJJs of Muhtr and Cr/HI;,,'s lIurnp''pt' very utilln,. I .... ould hive IoYtd to 1u.'"C other unfamihar tunc:$ such as Tht Poor Old WfHMII. Tht H _ '$ ojUs(l/It:/1 and Maplt ....... u/pn:senttd lIS ....ell on the: !llpe. I heanily feCQmmend Ihls bookicas!;l:lIe sel to all intermediatc and advuoced play· CIS ....1\0 are lookin, for I way to inrn:aSoc their repenoln: and the ir Skill level. And .... atch out. Im h sc:»ions! 1be hamnlCrW dulc ullcrplaycn are:ooming.and ""·hen .... e ge! !here: . ...·c·re going 10 be fl'ady for uny· Ihing. Mlu.1C Collins noteS



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MUSICAL IJARTY GAMES ror J .S. Bach's 300th Birthday by Pau l Furn1lS 1... 10 A Uo, CA

The ground bass tlult Bach used for hiS founeen CDnons is gi ven in lhe. fio;l en ml'ie hel"'" One re~<nll Rach liked Ihi. panicular ground bass is that it worts as a crub unnOIl . Tl1e rule for I. cnw canon is that one person must play the melod)' backwards while aoothcrperson plays it in the normal wa)' . Find another duleimer pllyer (even a complete beginner will do) and try playing thi s ground bass as a crab canon - o~ of you playing the wblalure from right 10 left while the Othcrone plays it from left 10 right. It isn' t it specUICularduct. but it isan musical curio. Thc upsidc..oown version of the ground bass (the second example below) won.s I S another crab canon. This ground bas~ 1I1M! fUl1<."t ion, it; a mirror flloon . The rule fOl' a mirror fanon IS that OI\C playa play, the onglnal melody I'.hlle 1I110111<:r po;rson pl ay~ the 1n\'Cned (or upslde·do.... n) vcr· 'Ion or,he melody . f·OI' this muroreaoon ho....ever. boIh player< cannot sian ~nnu ltancously la. the~ do .. hen pia),"!! the c~nons). While one player forgo ahead I'. uh lhe onglnul ground ba.\s. lhe o~her player musl wait until the on gmaJ is half-way through before beglnnmg 10 plllY the mVl'rtrn gruund bass. If )"00 have trouble getting Slan~..:I ",.,hlh;s mirror canon. Just lool al 00 .. Ihc.'>C IWQ \'cl'l>ions of thoc gl't)llnd bass are " 'nllen out on the ncJ.l page After IJcmonstrating some of tM g)'mna,l1c slUnt< thai the ground bass can p<'rfurm ~tt by '1.><:1f. Bach finally lreal> II ,n a more cooI'enuonalmanner by "riung ornme ··lInprovlsallons·· to play along" IIh it. The ·· unpru~ ,sauon··l'rt'>Cmrn here /third e~amplc below) creates ~ mirror c~non" Ilh ,ts own ,nvel"Sl<)n. Ju~t as lhe groond ba~ docs . In fOCI. lhe Imprt)\ i.o;ah()l1al n1lroT caoon and the ground bons m,rror canon wen: 1Jc~,gncd 10 be pl~yed together as a doublt' miror canon (set' ~1I page). Wilh a linle pr..cllce. this double mirror moon becomes surprls inSly easy and extreme ly 'i:ll.$f),ing to play.

llere arc some mUSical g an~~ for mounlam dukl1llcr< to help edd>r.ut Johann s.:ba~uan ij""h', JOOth bin""b.y 1M""," 21. I'lllSI. These gan-.n also arc an cnJO)'able miluduCiI()Ilto two interesting t)pI!S of mu~ical f()l11l: <'anon and ground 00». A cwoon is a type of melody " 'hleh can ge!1ernlC its own counter-melody - if the players kllOw the "rule" or Irick for manipulating tlult paftkular m<'lody . The nam<' ("fI"(III Itsel f literally m<'ans r"/f' . Rounds at"(' the moM common type of canon. The rule for a round is that lhe melody merely has to be echoetJ 10 create a counter-melody; the only lock is knowing precisely "'hen tnc echo should begin echoing. Rules f()fother types of canons can be I. linle tnckier. but that jllSt adds to the fun. The mU$icll games on these two pages were unknown unlil a few years 19o ""hen they ""ere diSW"ered in a group of founcen miniature pieces in Bach's own handwriting. They were written lau~: in the composer's life 15 a sampler of different types of callOns. Whe n writing groups of piece:s. Bach orten used wme special Slructurnl device to give the group a sense of unity. In Ihis case, the device is I si ngle ground bass melody that is inoorpornted into every one or Ihe founecn caoons. A I:round ba» is D .~i mpk:: bas~ melody that is u....,d a~ a struclul11l flllnlC"'on. or harmoniC foondah()l1. Sl1nilar to Ihe manncr In '" hieh JaM I11u.,c .ao. u><, .landllrJ chQrJ progN",,,n. such as the lwelve-bar blue). Generally it ground oo~, i, pla}'cd over - and - over. while mon: ornate mdodlCs are Impro"I"Cd above 11. (Pachdbel" s Clllllm In IJ I~ an e~Hmple of a ground bass PIece: in I'.hich the ground bass IS pl~ycd 201 urnes. The word CU/I(JII in tiM: ti tle refers 10 1110: fact thatthc "IfIlproviscd" melodies playing above the grourK! oos.~ atl,' lICtually a catl,'fully l"OnSlructed rourK! for th!l'e in,trurTll'nIS.

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An Interview With ...

Billy Bennington by Mitzie Collins Rochester. NY

Billy Bennington. of Sarford. (~ar NOfWich in East Anglia). has been playing the dulcimer since he was ubout eleven yean old. Now an energetic 84, Benning1011 plays polkas. ITIIIfChes. hymns. church anthems. music-hall chol\lses. carol s. and D wide variety of Iwentielh~entllry populartunts . With the guidancenffolk.lonsls John and Kale HowSOfl of Stowmaltct. Suffolk. I was able to meet aDd visit wilh Billy Benningtoo 00 a sunny August after0000 in 1983. Ik nnington is small and sligtllly stooped. His white hair frames a face Ihal is happily animated ",hell he is \.alking, but veT)' impassive when he is playing. His eyes have II tw inkk. and his voice has a '10ft Nonolk accent. Our con· versation about hi s life as a dulcimer play· er was spiced with laughter. and liberally

seasoned with stories and dulcimer tUII<!S.

As I listen lomy tapcsofthat meeting. I am wrapped again in the warmth of my congenial host and his wife, [ri~. I hear the sounds of tea cups and Offfl'S. and my ~ady acccplance, of "ooc .non: cake"; I hear BenninglOn's delight rn playing the dulcilTlCT for DviSitor frorn faraway. I hear in his stories, which span nearly threequartcn; of a ccmury of playir.g, tilt dulcimer as the center of recurring theme$ of frkndship, recogniuon wilhin hiSCOIIlmu· nily and creative satiSrltCllOn Benmngton's father played lhe penny ..... histle, and his moIher was an ItCcordian player, but Dilly ~members mal hi s father "always had a mInd (Of" a dukinrcr. because in his days the dukinrcr ..... as all around. Norwich ..... as full oftlrem. rn lOOse day~ it wa ~." Billy look lessons. at si~pr:nce apiece, from Billy Cooper's falher. the organiSI of Hing ham Church and bandmaster of Hinham and Wanon' s Band . He n:nrcmbrn; Old Cooper havrng him

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said. 'Th~n I'lilfach YQU lunu mw nor umi/.· IV~II. 1 play~d lhou bltJfHII;ng srol~s lind play~d and run"N Ih~m all do ...n mill rhat wlisfaclory ... no ... h~ say. ·No... )'011 go homl! and start Il'arn;ng Ih~m all 0\'1'1' agllill.. ...·h~n you com~ n~Xllim~ /' IIll'a,n ),ou a III"~: Wd/. Ih~". h~ Itllf/JI m~ On 100 Gm:n. u polka. Tllal on~ h~ us~d 10 play i" Ih~ oo"d. EI'~'>'on~ IIs~d 10 pia), il. aimoSI ~'·~,>,..III!'1! )'011 ...tIIl - la han'I!SI SUPM's or danus . som~

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... Iht old rna" (Coop~ r, . h~ said. a Ir~nlfor you. WNntsday nighl /'I~ gOl a gard~" pany". h~ sn)" " Waod ...ard R~clQf}'. I "'(1111 you 10 comt play." I don't k"o .... 1 so)'. "1($111/ right," h~say. ~l'mgormapla)' ...irll }'OII." Son"y rllf~ . f pla}'ing On The Green and M "'(IS Ihtr~ 1111</1"'(11 pll'ri"g INsll CQulrl.1 pf~lIs~d ...i,1I m}'s~/f. a"d 'hI' old boy Sfop~d. f ...u.s still (lllIy;"g . I INglln a SOfIg. f rwlic~ Ilrt old man slmck JlP ngllin. W~II tll~". Ih~)' "'nm aIJOIII~ron~. COUrSt ...~ piaYN th~ Sllm~ Onl' again. This liml' I playing. All //I onct I su th~ old IIIIm going fHl$1 ...illl sonr~boJy; dam-i"g ...ilh som~OIJ~ ... "'~ p/lI)'in' aloll~! I hadn', miss~d him. lind f play~d il righl Ihrough ... lllt" ,111' old man JXlUstd, hI' said. "No..... my boy.from 110 ... /III. YOU'rt on )'our /I"'''''' Thlll'S Ira ... hI' brQl<gh, m~ OUI . .. ~No ..·, /" .~ gOl

Billy bought the: instru ment tie now plays for £2 in [922 from an 85 year-old man, who wid him that his falher had the instrunrcnt before him. A spec ially·made, canvascanyi ng caseenllbled Billy tocany it strapped on his back as he motorcycled across the coun trys ide:. The: wing-li ke: shape of the: dukinrcr gave him the nick-


name ofTht BarfordAIIgd and he rt:members thedifficulty of cycling IntOthe Wind. 8 uI with the wind behind him. II ....·ILS like having ~D sa il to 11ft you up-

One of Billy Bcnni ngton's favorite Stories is about the talent contest. "Opportunity Knocks", that he entered in 1950. After winning the local and regional contests, he went to Cambridge to compete in the grand area fi nals. lie was "the ooly man in [,500 contcstants to play the dulcimer" and was , EaSt Anglia and the Ea,t MIdlands. Each contestant had only five minutes to pIDY , Billy viyidly described tire moment "hen the wool of his hamnrcrcaught on one of the pins of his dulcinrcrand the hammer flipped right IntO the judge's papers. As Bill y reminisced. he chuck led, " ... by the time: I gOi my stick back. one thing and al\Olher. I wllS gone . I finished up the same as I began. I ..... as like the old song. 'We came in th.s world wilh IIO!hing, and ...·e take IIO!hing out.' That's what I had ." While employed as a gardener at var· ious C1;tatCS in the Norwi<:h area. Bcnorng· !OIl kept up a full schedule of playing at pubs. ChriStmas day Socials. whist d",·cs. churc h festiva ls. festivals. Yillage -hall concerts. dallCe5 and even med his hammers at busking I number of times lIS a very young man . In n:cent years. he has appeared fai rly frequently on local radio and T.V. programs. such as " Bygones". and has enjoyed taking part III reYlval folk activities such as tire 1983 Sidrnoulh Festi· val and Thc [983 Farnham Folk Day. lie Stillieams r.e ..... tunes and say~ "sometlnrcs I get up In Il'Ic middle oflhc: nighl 10 woO: on a turrc I'm thinking of." Billy Bcnlllng' ton cstilTUllfs thaI he has practiced about thi rt y minutes most days since he first le;lflled to play the dulcimer. The large repe rtoire ""hi<:h he plays will). rh)'lhmlc vi talily and accuracy «:Silfies

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Coula, J,m , " An Introduction to the Chromalie Dulcimer ;as Played in East An , glia", Ould mn PID)"t!'! N~ ...!, Vol 10, No I , ( A discussion of East Anglitan dulci mers and tuning patterns) Howsoo, John . " An Interview wilh Billy Bennington. (Barfon! Norfolk 2212J82)" F."gli! 1r ODne~ aNi So"g Vol4J, No I , 1984. (An in-depth interview , with refercnces to playing in pub!; and busking) KClllewell . David , Alltlr~ Tu,,~! thaI E,·~,. book and CllSSClle: Front UaU Enterpriscs, Inc. 1982 . ( I nlrodu~s the dulcimer and gives many examples from English playcrs. Benn ington on tape playing " Amazing Gra«:") TM'~ W~U


Kcttlewell. David . '!hat's What I CaUs a Striking SOIJlld ' The Dulcuner in East Angha" Part One. t:.' ''glislr Oanu ulld Sons Vol 36. No 2 . 1974 (A brief background on the dulcimer players.) Kettlewell, David. lbat' s What] Calls a Striking Soulld, TIle Dulcimer in East Anglia" Pan tw()- E"S'iJh Dolt« and Sons Vol 36. No J, 1974 . (Iranscripllon of '"Tum Your Facr Toward the Sun ... " by Bennington. plus other infonnat;on on English dulcimer players)

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The Answer Column Sam Rizzetta Inwood, WV Th;, q ..nti"" mid Olln<'''' col""", d..ab "'i,1I buUdi"fJ. pJClyi",. and clIri"S/Ot' d ..lei,",""

(bolh kinds) . QunriOlU au inrifro. PlelUe addulI ,II"", /0 ,/tis roI","11 in (Xlr,. of DULCIMER PUYI::RS NEWS. No/" IholUmitafioll$ of spact aN tim,. may mau ;/ ;mpossihl.. to rrspond 10 t!I'try iMlwiry . I ..m nOf lw obi.. /0 mak,. "sponus Ofhu rhall <Ill , jIM allo ...s in lhis co/umn, Qu,.lIiol/S of raJ ;",,., to ,h.. r"adtrship will gel

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bass and G#/C# on th .. Inblt brld~. I would Ilk .. 10 ("OfI~· ..rt to chroma tk lun· Inl. Can )'00 It'U 1M ir I ..-ill need any small bridges i~rted under the stri ngs and Ir 50 "'hen lI~y ~ll nst.lled. I' m ~ .. at thb , bul wming along rairly ...·..11 ronsIdfring I ' m going a ,11 on my ol'''n.

There are weh a variety of chrotnalic tuninv that I IwtIly kno .... ""Mre lo stan in an~wc:ri ng . Each has ils advantages deptnding on the music yoo most wish 10 play. H()W(lver. an American fifth interval dulcimer docs not ronverl wdl 10 Il1O$l such tunings which. in most in>tances. require ~trings. String lengths. bridge placements and bmcc placements to Ix designed appropriately . Music-aUy . the mo6t &atis· factO\')' choice is to obtain an Instr\m.... nt built for the tuning you wi1h to use . Among the more common cooiccs are C)'mOO/om 11111;"8. highly ,·crsalile but dif(lCull 10 masler, /u,ctbrm "lIIiIl8. easier but limited in 1lI~: and my own present tunmg system whICh uses the American fifth interval layout but adds in missing chromat,C'S on eJlI11l bridgcs. It would be best to use your dukimer in the manner for which it was designed . You can increase the rontinoous mnge of ayail able sharps and n ats wi th twO n:tuned notes. The highCSt note 011 the bass bridge is usually C aboY1: middle C. If the v,bl1lting length of this string is less than 14 '.1:,(.\t!/lC- II up 10 Of . Next. tune the DIG at the high end of !hoe Inble bndge to glVe a 01 to the right of the bridge , You ean IIOYo' play a ~on­ IInoous chromatic Selle for an octaye and a half by jumpmg around to the appropnatc note Iocationl. I r«t1Il ly KqulHd one of)"our Augustll Crande C hromlltk h.mmcrrd duklmct'S. lt 's lnlly. wonderful instrument!

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harder wood, general ly emplwiu: a 5weeter lone w,lh less \'oIume bul good prop;:. lion. Softer, lighter weighl wood.!; em~· sitt a higher ovel1Onle SlruclU,," ",;hich can introduce briglunesa and harlhnesa, and \bey also tend 10 sustain looser · an un· ck:sirable trail fOf ~ llule ul'Ier play,,,,. But other facfl! of ck:slgn can Ibo ""lulMe sud! InnIS PenonaIly, I rMheT hl.e the 50WId c( ~h med,um dmslIy ...·oocb as mahopny and bullmlut. 11m. of course. wkong aboul soundboards. Wood Iypes '11'111 also make "m.lar bul lcss PfOI1OIlI'C«I dlffettnces (Of lhe O(l\('r partS of a dule,fI'Itt

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