“They went into their country of Benoye, and lived there in great joy.”
Watercolor on paper.
21.5 x 29 cm (8 ½ x 11 ½ in.)
Illustrated by William Russell Flint for Thomas Malory’s “Le Morte d'Arthur”,
London, Philip Lee Warner for The Medici Society.
The Appalachian or Mountain Dulcimer is the core instrument of Appalachia. Its origins date back to the late 1800s, but the instrument gained most of its popularity in the 1950s folk revival through the playing of Jean Ritchie of Viper, Kentucky (pictured top).
Second, Jean Schilling, well-known Dulcimer player and producer of the first Dulcimer festival, The Cosby Dulcimer Convention, in Cosby Tennessee.
Third, Elaine Irwin Meter with “the most beautiful dulcimer ever viewed.”
Fourth, George Allen Johnson (front), dulcimer maker and player.
Fifth, Mrs. Carrico with the family dulcimer (that has no fingerboard).
Last, Earl Mullins playing his mother Dora’s dulcimer with a mule-tail bow.
Watch Queen Marie Antoinette’s automaton play the dulcimer. An automaton (plural: automata or automatons) is a self-operating machine or robot. The La Joueuse de Tympanon (The Dulcimer Player), is controlled by a complex clock-like mechanism. The figure plays eight different tunes by striking strings with two small mallets held in her hands.