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From the late 60s onwards, a was on display, and there were purchasing of instruments on In 1991, Hungarian concert
new generation of musicians performances by Reg Reeder and trips abroad, mostly to the US, cimbalom player Viktoria
took to the dulcimer, playing in Ted Carr; Molly Whittaker also led other people to take up the Herencsar founded the Cimbalom
dance bands, folk clubs, festivals attended but was too overcome instrument. The current most World Association (CWA), holding
and sessions, increasing the by the size of the audience to outstanding younger player is the first of a series of biennial
instrument’s visibility on the perform. George’s second laid-back Maclaine Colston, taught congresses to share information
folk circuit and beyond: David Dulcimer Day at the museum in by Jim Couza. Maclaine played and expertise relating to the
Kettlewell, Chris Coe, Sue Harris, 1994 included a performance by in the sadly short-lived but brilliant dulcimer worldwide. Nonsuch
committee member Sally
Whytehead, a previous club
chairman, is also on the CWA
committee, and initially hosted its
email and Internet facilities. CWA
now has its own website www.
Since 2000, there have been
further new initiatives. In 2005 and
2006, Antrim-based Scotsman
Dick Glasgow ran the Causeway
Dulcimer Festival assisted by
Jenny Coxon and Rick Davis from
the USA. The English Country
Music Weekend held a Dulcimer
Special in 2006, which was
reminiscent of the ’83 Farnham
Folk Day. In 2007 Dick Glasgow
launched the European Dulcimer
Players Forum and an associated
myspace with youtube clips of
dulcimers from many different
cultures at
dulcimerplayersforum. In March
2008 Jenny Coxon (Nonsuch
•Jenny Coxson
Club’s chairman for the first twelve
years) taught English music for
‘… The mountain dulcimer was a more recent arrival to the UK. English players
dulcimer in the US.
who explored the possibilities of the instrument in the early years include
Coming full circle, David Kettlewell
is updating and making his
Shirley Collins who was a friend of Jean Ritchie’s, and who was given a dulcimer
dulcimer research available on
the web at www.NewRenaissance.
by Alan Lomax.’ Additional study
has been done by professional
Pete Collinson, Fi Fraser, Rosie eminent Chinese yangqin player, duo Cythara with harpist Jenny makers Roger Frood and Martyn
Cross, Jack Bethel, Barry Carol, Xu Ping Xin. The UK dulcimer Crook, and then in Liza Carthy’s Banks in order to further their
Matt Fox, Mandy Lowe, Alastair scene was widening its horizons. Kings of Calicutt. He also has an knowledge and inform their
Gillies, Jenny Coxon and many occasional duo with accomplished instrument building. Roger
others. Musical collaborations A growing demand for dulcimers melodeon player Saul Rose. has been teaching dulcimer
between players from the folk was met by two professional construction in Belgium for several
revival and those from the dulcimer-building businesses, In the 90s, people were becoming years as part of a growing interest
previous generation resulted Dove Dulcimers, based in aware of the hammered dulcimer in the instrument there; a Frood
in some highly memorable Glastonbury and Oakwood in the context of world music, instrument was played by Karen
recordings such as the Albion Instruments in Leeds. Several and UK musicians from varied Ashbrook (US) on a dulcimer
Band’s album ‘Kicking Up the smaller workshops also made cultural backgrounds played instructional DVD produced in
Sawdust’ (1977) with Jimmy dulcimers for sale including those instruments from the world Belgium. Currently, Geoff Smith
Cooper on dulcimer and Bob of Alec Anness, Tim Manning, dulcimer family, such as tsimbaly is conducting further research
Cann on melodeon; and Reg Ian Clabburn, Jon Letcher, John players in Ukrainian dance into dulcimer design linked to
Reeder’s recordings and Crocker and Mattwood (Fred bands. Successful cross-cultural performance technique from the
performances with the Old Hat Woodley and Dave Clifford). partnerships developed: Roger standpoint of the highly trained
Band and later Katie’s Quartet. Numerous individuals made Watson and Kiran Pal Singh in the percussionist. Geoff’s rationale
dulcimers for themselves, or for One World Band; Matt Fox and and general introduction are on
Further inspiration came from someone in their family – often a the London-based Balkan Gypsy his web site -
events and individuals showcasing wife or partner, or for the pleasure Orchestra. Major world players Geoff has composed highly
the instrument. In 1983 Farnham and technical challenge of from different cultures such acclaimed scores for dulcimer
Folk Day’s ‘Ultimate Hammered building an instrument. as Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma and has performed some of these
Dulcimer Workshop’ featured from India and Kálmán Balogh as accompaniment to early silent
Billy Bennington, Reg Reeder, People who took up the dulcimer from Hungary, performed in the movies.
Sue Harris, Chris Coe and Jim came to it via different routes UK. The Nonsuch club created
Couza, an American player who including the Kettlewell book, the opportunities for members to hear George Monger’s work whilst at
had recently arrived in the UK. English Country Music album and experience the music of other the Museum of East Anglian Life
In 1987 George Monger’s ‘East and the playing of Sue Harris cultures via the common ground was important in showcasing
Anglian Dulcimer Day’ launched and Chris Coe during the late of the instrument itself – annual the development of the dulcimer
the audio and video recordings of 70s and early 80s. The playing weekend workshops included in that part of England; John
Billy Bennington who had died in of Jim Couza during the 80s and Klezmer, Chinese, Greek, Balkan, Howson’s current dulcimer
1986. The dulcimer collection at 90s inspired many of the current Dutch, Australian and American research project with the East
the Museum of East Anglian Life generation of players, and the music. Anglian Traditional Music Trust
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