Dulcimer and Sweet Harmony
To wrap up the week, fellow rider Rich suggested a few cuts from the classic Pacific Rim Dulcimer Project. That would have been a great way to close out the week. Unfortunately, my copy is in horrible condition: I bought it many years ago in a used record shop. Not a problem, I thought, I have albums by nearly all of the artists that were on the PRDP (Bonnie Carol, Force & d’Ossché, Neal Hellman, Michael Rugg, and Michael Hubbert.)
I have already posted Bonnie Carol, who initiated and organized the recording. I’ve also posted Robert Force and Albert d’Ossché. I have an early album by Neal Hellman, but when I went to pull it from my collection it wasn’t on the shelf where it was supposed to be. The only other recording I have with Michael Rugg is a “Festival” album and poorly recorded. To top it all off, I don’t have any other recordings by Michael Hubbert.
Not to despair, I have plenty of dulcimer music to choose from.
Sally Rogers has been a favorite of mine since her Circle of the Sun album was Best Folk Record of 1982. Her beautiful voice is accompanied by her guitar, banjo, or dulcimer on her solo albums, but it is when she is joined by the wonderful voice and dulcimer of Caudia Schmidt that near perfection is reached.
- I missed a few links in yesterday's list of performers, teachers, and resources.
Neal Hellman is the founder of Gourd Music, and independant label of great acoustic recordings.
I have mentioned Karen Mueller on the Bus before. She is one of the most amazing Autoharp players I've ever heard, but she started her career playing the dulcimer and still plays and teaches it as well as the Autoharp.
Tune up that old dulcimer and make some music this weekend.