“The Cukoo’s Nest” for Hammered Dulcimer

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...
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  • November 30, 2016
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“Angel Band” for Hammered Dulcimer

This beautiful early gospel song (Jefferson Hascall, pub. 1860, Public Domain) is sometimes listed as “O Come Angel Band” and is a favorite of bluegrass and church music lovers. Like other arrangements in Bluegrass on Hammered Dulcimer, Jeanne Page first presents the basic melody and then a fuller, more arranged...
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  • November 30, 2016
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“Haste to the Wedding” An Irish Jig for Hammered Dulcimer

by Maggie Sansome “Haste to the Wedding” is a favorite traditional Irish dance and jamming tune. Here is Maggie Sansone’s hammered dulcimer arrangement or it (with a harmony as well) from the above-referenced book. You can purchase the book in printed or “e” version at MelBay.com
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  • November 30, 2016
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“Scotland the Brave” Arranged for Hammered Dulcimer

The bagpipe tune, “Scotland the Brave,” probably became known around the turn of the 20th Century.  It is considered the unofficial national anthem of Scotland. Many people in the U.S. first heard this traditional melody in the 1950s, when the Ames Brothers recorded contemporary lyrics to it bearing the name...
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  • November 30, 2016
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“Petronella” – Scottish Reel Arranged for Hammered Dulcimer

by Maggie Sansone  “Petronella” is a female given name, a diminutive form of “Petra,” which is a feminine form of the name “Peter.” This lovely Scottish reel is often played for New England contra dances, where they seem to play many tunes named after women!   Maggie’s arrangement has a...
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  • November 30, 2016
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“Korobushka” A Russian Folk Dance Melody

from the Mel Bay book Hammered Dulcimer Arrangements for Special Occasions by Peggy Carter The Russian 19th century poet Nekrasov wrote a poem for which the tune “Korobushka” was later written. The tune became very popular in late 19th century Russian cities and countryside. Soon a dance “Korobushka” developed. It...
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  • November 30, 2016
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