This is a favorite Irish/Scottish/American reel, sometimes played slower as a hornpipe.
The following is a formal performance of Ken and Robin Bullock playing a medley of three tunes. “The Cukoo’s Nest” is the third of the medley and begins at about 2:28 on the video. It’s at performance tempo and stylized, but can give you an idea of how the tune goes.
Ken Kolodner is recognized as one of the finest hammered dulcimer players in the U.S. In addition to an illustrious performing career, he has taught extensively throughout North America and Europe. At the prestigious Swannanoa Gathering in Asheville, NC, he has taught over 23 courses in hammered dulcimer and fiddle. This summer he will be teaching both at Swannanoa Dulcimer Week, July 31-August 6, 2011. Ken can be reached through his website.