The Hammered Dulcimer

I first learned of the Hammered Dulcimer when I was living in Amery, WI for two years when my father was diagnosed with cancer.

The photo above is not me, but is a type of dulcimer I hope to get one day made by Jerry Read Smith.

more on it's way...

Playing in Public

In the late 80's and the early 90's I played for about a dozen weddings, several for friends of mine. I also played for one season at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival, and for a college play at Carlton College.

 Joshua Messick performing his tune "Desire for Departure" on his Jerry  Read Smith "Grande Concertmaster Hammered Dulcimer w/Dampers" in  Perelandra.  Much more musical and articulate.

What I really like about this video is where it is.  The setting is fantastic.  I don't particularly like this song, but this Joshua is very good.

This is too much closer to the style of music I strived to play.  Much more musical and articulate.

This particular hammered dulcimer player is very good as well.

This song is very unique, and is far from the usual traditional folk style of song.  I included it here because of it's creative melody and use of other instruments.

This song is one that I played for most of my performances, including when I was asked to play for friends at Christmas dinners, during the holidays.

This particular version is very closed to what I played for my performances.