The Hammered Dulcimer in Ireland!

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The Hammered Dulcimer in Ireland!

In Dublin, in the early 1700s, in the days before Accordions, Concertinas, Banjos, Bouzoukis, Concert Flutes & Guitars reached Ireland, the Hammered Dulcimer was being used to play Irish Music. So it's only right that it shares the spotlight on this Irish Music site.

 

If you play the Hammered Dulcimer, please join this group.

Website: http://irishdulcimer.com/
Location: Ireland
Members: 14
Latest Activity: Sep 29, 2016

The Hammered Dulcimer has been here & playing Irish Music in Ireland at least since 1738, when we know one  Archibald Williamson, was active in Dublin .

Here's an old photo of Ireland's best known Hammered Dulcimer player, the late John Rea, in action.

Today it is not regularly seen or heard & the fact is, there are very few players around today & most of those that do play, don't play their Dulcimers out regularly in public, at the likes of Pub Sessions.

 

It's fair to say that it may not exactly be classed as an ideal instrument for many typical Irish Sessions, given it's large size, volume & the lack of ease with which instruments without dampers fail to change rapidly from one key to another, without the resonance from the last key sliding on into the next & causing dischord.

 

That said, it is no more awkward or clumsy to drag around than most Harps, the volume can be controlled by sensitive players in a number of ways, including covering up sound holes & using soft hammers, while the key change problem can be cured by fitting dampers. So today, as far as I can see, there is no reason why Hammered Dulcimers shouldn't be seen at more Sessions.

 

Hopefully Dulcimer enthusiasts will debate these various topics here & help to promote more of an interest in & acceptance of this wonderful sounding instrument.

 

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Here is a list of links to sites which may be of interest to Hammered Dulcimer players here in Ireland & also to those who play Irish Music on their Dulcimers elsewhere.

If you know of other Irish Music related sites, please post the details in the Comments Box below & I'll be happy to add them to our list.

 

 David Kettlewell

facebook Group Page

 Hammered Dulcimer: Antrim 

The Dulcimer Player's Forum

The Hammered Dulcimer in Ireland

The Co Antrim Hammered Dulcimer

The Hammered Dulcimer: A History by Paul Gifford

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Here's a SLIDESHOW of a collection of photos of the Hammered Dulcimer in action today, mostly taken in Co. Antrim.

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Here's a video of photos, in which the soundtrack features the sound of the Nyckelharpa & Hammered Dulcimer, plus Tenor Guitar & Anglo Concertina, playing a couple of Irish Polkas.

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Here is a rather extensive video compilation of photos & music from my 2005 Causeway Dulcimer Festival, which I suspect members of this group should enjoy checking out.

Discussion Forum

John Taylor, Hammered Dulcimer player of Omagh?

Started by Dick Glasgow Aug 21, 2011. 0 Replies

Does anyone here remember an Omagh Hammered Dulcimer player by the name of John Taylor?I was playing my Hammered Dulcimer at Dunluce Castle today & met a man from Omagh, who instantly knew what…Continue

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Comment by Dick Glasgow on February 10, 2012 at 1:07

This is my latest wee iMovie, The Legacy, with me playing Hammered Dulcimer, Anglo Concertina, Tenor Banjo & Jews Harp.

Cheers,

Dick

The Legacy! from Dick Glasgow on Vimeo.




Comment by Bruce Evans on August 23, 2011 at 14:20

I decided to join this group even though I am a most rudimentary HD player. My wife is actually the HD player in the house, but we have two and I have been banging away on one lately and I have even had a lesson by group member Jim Rathbun. 

 

Dick, I am curious how your dulcimer is tuned. Are the bass strings fifth or octave tuned?

 
 
 

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