I first learned of the Hammered Dulcimer when I was living in Amery, WI for two years when my father was diagnosed with cancer.
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.
The photo above is not me, but is a type of dulcimer I hope to get one day made by Jerry Read Smith. I'm open to instruments made by other makers. But, for decades I have longed for one made by Jerry Read Smith because of the professionalism and attention to artistry in the details. Having said that, it seems the lower end on most of the JRS dulcimers don't have as clean of a tone as I would like to have.
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In 1980, I went to live in Amery, Wisconsin to be with my father while he was dealing with cancer. While I was there I worked at a machine shop. At the machine shop, there was a coworker that listened to the KNOW Public Radio Morning Show. That was when I learned about folk and bluegrass music.
Within the next couple of years, I would take the money I received from my father's estate to buy guitars and a Dusty Strings Hammered Dulcimer kit. I finished building the Hammered Dulcimer and began to learn to play it. The image on the left is the exact replica of the one I built. Although, I did not have the wood case. I had a nylon case with velcro closure.
In 1988, I auditioned to play at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival. The talent coordinator wanted me to play that year, but only for tips on the grid. I said no. The next year, 1989, I ran into the talent manager at a Kinko's store photocopying. He said that he could give me a contract that year. So, I was given a very decent first year contract, and put on the talent grip playing for tips. I believe I made over $600 that first season. However, I never played there again.
In the late 1980's I was hired to play for a Carlton College play. I had the microphone set up, and provided the Intro, Background, and Closing music for the entire play. I was put up in the back of the audience, next to the sound booth.
In the late 1980's and the early 1990's I was hired to play for about a dozen weddings, a few of them were for friends. One of the friends weddings was in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. Another was at the Fort Snelling Stone Chapel.
Malcolm Dalglish is the Hammered Dulcimer player in this group. He is the one (on the first album) on the left. This group only stayed together long enough to make 3 albums. But, all of them were great!
North Dakota Sunrise · Metamora ℗ 1985 Sugar Hill Records, A Welk Music Group Company Released: 1985
Mountain Field · Metamora ℗ 1985 Sugar Hill Records, A Welk Music Group Company Released: 1985
D. Dream/Portland/2nd Story · Metamora ℗ 1985 Sugar Hill Records, A Welk Music Group Company Released: 1985
The Way You Paint/Narnia · Metamora ℗ 1985 Sugar Hill Records, A Welk Music Group Company Released: 1985
Morningtime · Metamora ℗ 1985 Sugar Hill Records, A Welk Music Group Company Released: 1985
Plum Creek/New Waltz · Metamora Metamora ℗ 1985 Sugar Hill Records, A Welk Music Group Company Released: 1985
Endless Chain · Metamora ℗ 1985 Sugar Hill Records, A Welk Music Group Company Released: 1985
Fiddler's Hymn/Christmas Break · Metamora ℗ 1985 Sugar Hill Records, A Welk Music Group Company Released: 1985
Little Potato · Metamora Metamora ℗ 1985 Sugar Hill Records, A Welk Music Group Company Released: 1985
This song is a contemporary "New Age" "Folk" style song that I love. Malcolm Dalglish is the person playing the Hammered Dulcimer.
The Inside Passage is the closing piece on Metamora's Windham Hill Records 1988 album Morning Walk. This is one of my all-time favorite new age tunes from what I consider the golden age of New Age music. Enjoy....
Jerry gives an audio/video tour of a new Extended Chromatic Navigator with Economy Dampers. This instrument spans 4.5 octaves (3 1/2 Chromatic) of range and has a 2-19-19-9 bridge configuration. The soundboard is solid Sitka Spruce with a Ruby stain.
There was no description for this video. I picked this video to highlight the work of Jerry Read Smith. How visually beautiful, as well as the sound is why I have been a fan of Jerry's, and why I have deeply wanted one of Jerry's dulcimer's for decades. No joke. I highlighted this video because I would love to have 2 of these dulcimer's. The in the middle and the right.
Jerry Read Smith and Tom Fellenbaum - The Strayaway Child - 1981 - Full Album - Vinyl Rip - A1 The Dream A2 The Strayaway Child A3 Martin Wynn's / The Pidgeon On The Gate A4 Midnight On The Water / Star Of The County Down A5 The Dancing Dog / The Blarney Pilgrim A6 Lord Inchiquin B1 Jesu, Joy Of Man's Desiring B2 The Butterfly / Swallowtail Jig B3 Castle Kelly B4 The Southwind B5 Kesh Jig / The Kid On The Mountain B6 Somewhere Over The Rainbow / The Dream
I've been designing and building Hammered Dulcimers for over 40 years now and enjoying it more than ever! I'm having fun. So ... this is the very first in what will be a series of videos ... some with voice over explaining various aspects of my design and several with extensive Audio sampling and that will highlight play-ability potential. I hope you enjoy! Go to his website: www.songofthewood.com or email him: firstname.lastname@example.org or call Jerry at: 828-301-1622. Thanks for watching!
This is my 2nd Video Tour of one of my 5 Octave Grande Concertmaster Hammered Dulcimers. I reveal a few more aspects of my work features that make my designs unique in the world of Hammered Dulcimers. I hope you enjoy. Go to his website: www.songofthewood.com or email him: email@example.com or call Jerry at: 828-301-1622. Thanks for watching!
In this, my 3rd Video Tour, I highlight a 4 1/2 Octave Concertmaster model. I explain a little about my unique Damper System design. I also talk further about my Variable Gradient Density soundboard innovation. I hope you enjoy. Go to his website: www.songofthewood.com or email him: firstname.lastname@example.org or call Jerry at: 828-301-1622. Thanks for watching!
Carol of the Bells - Joshua Messic
This is a song that I played for social gatherings and Christmas events. I like Joshua's version of this song without much of the finger picking.
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.
This is a very popular song
This is the type of song I would learn and modify it to my own particular taste, with a few more flourishes and a cleaner tone.
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