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Irish Hammered Dulcimer player

GUEST,Jim 14 Aug 06 - 10:39 AM
Paul Burke 14 Aug 06 - 10:56 AM
Paul Burke 14 Aug 06 - 11:02 AM
Gedpipes 14 Aug 06 - 11:18 AM
MartinRyan 14 Aug 06 - 11:19 AM
MartinRyan 14 Aug 06 - 11:28 AM
Malcolm Douglas 14 Aug 06 - 11:31 AM
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The Fooles Troupe 15 Aug 06 - 07:28 AM
Felipa 15 Aug 06 - 01:51 PM
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Subject: Irish Hammered Dulcimer player
From: GUEST,Jim
Date: 14 Aug 06 - 10:39 AM

I spent 1968/69 in Ireland and the British Isles. I was picked up while hitching outside Kilkenny by an elderly gentleman with silver curls. He asked me if I was going to the Fleadh. I said that I didn't know what a fleadh was, so he explained about the fleadh in New Ross and took me along. He asked if I had ever heard of a dulcimer and I told him about my Jean Ritchie record. He then stopped the car and got his hammered dulcimer from the trunk (boot) and played a few tunes. I had never seen nor heard of a hammered dulcimer. We spent the day together and it seemed that every corner, church, school and pub had players making music. I saw no guitars that day, but plenty of fiddles, flutes, whistles, bodhrans, a few acordions and Irish pipes and one dulcimer. During the course of the day he told me about a movie, made in Kilkenny, in which he had played the hammered dulcimer. It was called LOCK UP YOUR DAUGHTERS and I later went to see it in Shropshire. It wasn't a very good movie, a poor man's TOM JONES, but I went to see it again in Cobourg, Ontario when I got back to Canada. The film ended with the townfolk dancing in a circle around the gentleman who had given me the ride as he played his dulcimer. I copied his name and address, but lost it before I could write him. I'm sure he's no longer with us, but I'd sure like to find out more about him. Can anyone help me?


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Subject: RE: Irish Hammered Dulcimer player
From: Paul Burke
Date: 14 Aug 06 - 10:56 AM

Sounds like you had the good fortune to meet Derek Bell, who was later a member of the Chieftains.


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Subject: RE: Irish Hammered Dulcimer player
From: Paul Burke
Date: 14 Aug 06 - 11:02 AM

On second thoiughts, he wouldn't have been elderly in 1969...


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Subject: RE: Irish Hammered Dulcimer player
From: Gedpipes
Date: 14 Aug 06 - 11:18 AM

ekrub laub
you are taking leave off your senses! ;-)


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Subject: RE: Irish Hammered Dulcimer player
From: MartinRyan
Date: 14 Aug 06 - 11:19 AM

John Rae

Regards


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Subject: RE: Irish Hammered Dulcimer player
From: MartinRyan
Date: 14 Aug 06 - 11:28 AM

Correction: John Rea! 1922 - 83. There's a pic of him in Fintan Vallely's "Companion to Irish Traditional Music". He's certainly the most likely candidate.

Regards


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Subject: RE: Irish Hammered Dulcimer player
From: Malcolm Douglas
Date: 14 Aug 06 - 11:31 AM

Andy Dowling. See Christie M Burns, Out of Obscurity: Discovering the Dulcimer in Ireland; in pdf format at  http://www.corkdulcimerfest.org/Dulcimer_Thesis.pdf.


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Subject: RE: Irish Hammered Dulcimer player
From: MartinRyan
Date: 14 Aug 06 - 11:31 AM

In fact, I'm wrong! It was a man called Andy Dowling. Click Here for the story. Its buried in an article on the history of the dulcimer in Ireland.

Regards


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Subject: RE: Irish Hammered Dulcimer player
From: Malcolm Douglas
Date: 14 Aug 06 - 11:36 AM

snap!


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Subject: RE: Irish Hammered Dulcimer player
From: MartinRyan
Date: 14 Aug 06 - 11:45 AM

One of my earliest memories in traditonal music is of listening to John Rea playing away outdoors in, as far as I remember, a graveyard! I think it must have been at an early Fleadh in Clones or thereabouts - I have this persistent vision of Freemason iconry in a window over his head!

Andy Dowling I never heard of - sounds like an interesting character from some of the links shown up by a quick google.

Regards


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Subject: RE: Irish Hammered Dulcimer player
From: DannyC
Date: 14 Aug 06 - 12:13 PM

Jim and all,

I had the pleasure of listening in on a street performance of a not-young hammered dulcimer player (accompanied by whistle/flute) at the Kilkenny Fleadh in '83. The HD player made a striking sight. He was attired in go-ta-meetin' clothing - hat, vest, tie (and perhaps a sprig in the lapel). Each article of the man's clothing was different shade of muted green.

Many thanks to Malcolm for posting the link to the informative and interesting Dulcimer Thesis. Though I cannot say with certainty, I now believe that I may have gotten to hear Johnny Rea on that sunny day.


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Subject: RE: Irish Hammered Dulcimer player
From: ard mhacha
Date: 14 Aug 06 - 04:44 PM

Martin, I remember recording a programme from RTE radio some 30 years ago, which featured the dulcimer playing of John Rea, from memory John was from the glens of Antrim.


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Subject: RE: Irish Hammered Dulcimer player
From: Geoff the Duck
Date: 15 Aug 06 - 07:09 AM

Just for the record, Lock up your daughters is based on a play by Henry Fielding, as is Tom Jones. Not surprising that they are a simlar type of story.
Quack!
GtD.


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Subject: RE: Irish Hammered Dulcimer player
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 15 Aug 06 - 07:28 AM

If I drink too much before playing, I too can be a Hammered Dulcimer Player...


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Subject: RE: Irish Hammered Dulcimer player
From: Felipa
Date: 15 Aug 06 - 01:51 PM

by the way, Christy Burns is back in the US and will soon be marrying Appalachian dulcimer player Butch Ross. May they continue to make great music together.

John Rea's heirs continue to play hammer dulcimer in County Antrim, Ireland, where last year Dick Glasgow organised a dulcimer festival, sort of a replacement for the one Christy used to organise in Cork.


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Subject: RE: Irish Hammered Dulcimer player
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 15 Aug 06 - 11:18 PM

... I can even be a Hammered Accordion Player...


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Subject: RE: Irish Hammered Dulcimer player
From: GUEST,Jim
Date: 16 Aug 06 - 01:19 PM

Many thanks to all. I think Andy Dowling may be the player who picked me up. His hammers were metal and one of the links said that they were made from pieces of a TV antennae.


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Subject: RE: Irish Hammered Dulcimer player
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 16 Aug 06 - 10:33 PM

Brilliant - I can get my hands on an old damaged one!


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Subject: RE: Irish Hammered Dulcimer player
From: GUEST
Date: 24 Aug 10 - 06:58 AM

It hasn't died out ..... yet!

The Co. Antrim Hammered Dulcimer!


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Subject: RE: Irish Hammered Dulcimer player
From: GUEST
Date: 26 Aug 10 - 05:08 AM

Also this facebook group:

The Hammered Dulcimer in Ireland!


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