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Thread #15516   Message #139449
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22-Nov-99 - 06:59 AM
Thread Name: Help: How about the Dulcimer
Subject: Help: How about the Dulcimer
I should like to refresh this thread under a slightly more engaging title than the evidently not very catchy "James Tunnicliff" heading that I tried a few days ago. Hope that's alright, please advise if I'm getting the etiquette wrong. Here's my original message:

Can I please forward this request sent to a local history list in England.

Thanks, Malcolm Smith.

From: Susan Hoyle Subject: "How about the dulcimer" To: VICTORIA@LISTSERV.INDIANA.EDU

Please forgive any cross-postings.

I am trying to trace a song which was printed in England in 1856 or possibly 1857. It was called "How about the dulcimer", and although I have a passing reference to its being printed, I have no idea whether it was words only ("to be sung to the tune of 'xyz' "), or tune only, or both. It was by a farm labourer called James Tunnicliff, who lived near Abbots Bromley (a farmer called Charlesworth paid for the printing); I don't know where it was printed, but a local place seems likely---Rugeley or Stafford perhaps, or even Abbots Bromley itself? And having it printed may not be the same as 'published': perhaps the song/tune/verse got no further than the Charlesworths' parlour---though I would expect it was printed in order for it to have a wider circulation than that

Further---I have seen references to the dulcimer in connection with the Horn Dance at Abbots Bromley. I know of no connection between the people I have mentioned and the dance, although they must have known about it and seen it, perhaps even taken part. But the song "How about the dulcimer" may have been written with the dance in mind---or maybe not. .