@ratashionista sent me this video of Scarborough Fair on the hammered dulcimer and *_______*

“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.

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Starlight shimmering in the heavens
won’t you be tonight my compass true
take me home again to Appalachia
to rekindle a memory I once knew 

To again hear the haunting melodies
while the Hammered Dulcimer plays
reliving the ancient beauty and wisdom
reminiscent of our Olden Celtic Ways

Blue Ridge, Smokies, Shenandoah 
the mountains breathe within my heart
a whispered prayer, I’m almost there 
though now long years and miles apart

Streams crystal clear, cold and racing
for your pine fragrance my heart yearns
Appalachia ever please remember me
a river flows to the sea yet rarely returns