Hammered?

The word dulcimer derives from the Latin dulcis, meaning sweet and the Greek melos meaning song. Yesterday I featured the mountain or Appalachian dulcimer, but that isn’t the only kind of dulcimer around. The hammered dulcimer has been around a number of different musical traditions going back a long long time. For tonight’s Daily Dose, I’d like to feature a couple samples of the hammered dulcimer in action.

Here is Dick Glasgow playing a set of Scottish tunes

And here’s John McCutcheon playing the Woody Guthrie tune Pastures of Plenty.

Strange as it may seem, another instrument that can be “hammered” is the fiddle. Here’s a clip from Yasha Aginsky’s documentary “Les Blues de Balfa” – fiddlesticks. I really love this performance!

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