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UK and European Mountain Dulcimers


UK and European Mountain Dulcimers

A group which hopefully allows players/makers in this part of the world to keep in touch with others resident in Europe.

Members: 195
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From a new member: Gourock, Inverclyde, south-west Scotland 12 Replies

Hello folks.My nice wee 4-string dulcimer simply adorns a wall at the present moment, because I have not made any progress with the Mel Bay Cripple Creek book which Mike Fenton of autoharp fame…Continue

Started by Maggie MacBean. Last reply by Maggie MacBean Sep 14.

Are there Mountain Dulcimer players on the Isle of Man? 7 Replies

During my visits to the IOM, I was surprised to learn that when they hear the word "dulcimer," they immediately think of hammered dulcimer.  I was told there might be a few Manx folks who play…Continue

Started by Carol Walker. Last reply by Jan Brodie Sep 10.

hearts of the dulcimer screening in Scotland 13 Replies

See's an informal folk festival in Longniddry, East Lothian (just east of Edinburgh) from…Continue

Tags: Scotland

Started by Sally Whytehead. Last reply by Robin Hill Sep 9.

Nonsuch Annual Dulcimer Weekend, Launde Abbey 4 Replies

Just a reminder to our UK and European MD players that early booking prices for the 2014 dulcimer weekend 24th-26th October at Launde Abbey, Leicestershire, close this Friday.This is THE premier UK…Continue

Tags: Clark, Robin, Concert, Learning, Launde

Started by Geoff Black. Last reply by Maggie MacBean Sep 3.

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Comment by John Rawlinson on September 10, 2014 at 11:51pm

What a great use of statistics Robin! (On balance I was thinking they should say NO but as South Brent on Dartmoor is one of the wettest places maybe I should think again.)

Also as a retired mental health professional, and along the same lines, the Government would be able to boast the success of its suicide prevention strategy by announcing a fall in the UK suicide rate, since Scotland has the highest (17.4/100 000 population) and England (9.4/100 000 population) the lowest rates in the UK. (ref: National Confidential Inquiry into Homicides and Suicides 2014)

I am sure there are lots more implications and correlations for statisticians to get their teeth into.


Comment by John Henry on September 10, 2014 at 6:21pm

An' the hairs on the back of me neck will still rise when you lot sing  'The Flower'.............


Comment by doug curran on September 10, 2014 at 5:56pm

John Henry, it will make no difference at all to sporting engagements, we will still get thrashed! But it's nice to see you all even so!

Comment by doug curran on September 10, 2014 at 5:28pm

Jan, ye ken there's aye a place fer you anent the auld fireside! Best wishes lass..

Comment by Jan Brodie on September 10, 2014 at 4:34pm
What about Manx Knobs, Queenies and Manx Kippers, Doug and Maggie? Grin. Jan x
Comment by John Henry on September 10, 2014 at 4:16pm

Never mind all that...........just so long as it makes no difference to what happens in the Six Nations tournament !    (us supporters of the 'Rose' need to be able to rely on you who embrace the 'Thistle', please continue to indulge us !!!)

Comment by doug curran on September 10, 2014 at 2:57pm

Glad you understand the situation, Tamsinlou. There is absolutely no animosity here, which is exactly what Maggie and I were trying to show in responding to a friendly joke about the abundance of water in Scotland.....Godbless all, on whichever side of the border you may find yourselves

Comment by Tamsin Louisa Dungey on September 10, 2014 at 2:29pm

thinks a little insanity is stealing among the folks in here...

whatever the good folks of Scotland decides.. we will always be one island of friendly people.



Comment by doug curran on September 10, 2014 at 2:22pm

Aye,  guid dulcimer players will aye enjoy the warmest o' welcomes in the land o' the free! An we'll aye be happy tae trade guid, sweet watter, fir Cornish cream, Somerset cider, an as much fine Wensleydale cheese as ye wid like tae trade. There's naethin but guidwill up here fer aa oor auld freens....We hae been through ower muckle thegither fer it tae be itherwise...Guid luck tae ye aa, on yer ain jourmey taewards better times....An may ye fin it eventually, as we hope tae dae.

Comment by Maggie MacBean on September 10, 2014 at 1:22pm
Hee! Never mind. We'll happily travel to a warm, dry and welcoming England, and Wales too for dulcimer festivals, and I can't wait to be able to attend my first one. Just don't believe the histrionics and scaremongering. No passports, no border searches, no restrictions on your travel plans to visit your wee Scots Grannie or Big Auntie Morag. The Northern Lights will still be available to you, as will the fabulous Dark Skies, the SSSIs, the cities of culture and the international festivals. The whisky will still be the best, as will Scots seafood and salmon, soft fruit and Aberdeen Angus beef. You will be no more compelled to wash down a deep-fried Mars bar with Irn-bru than before, but what's life without a challenge! We could barter some soft, pure rainwater for delicious ciders and fabulous Stiltons, Belfast hams and Bara Brith. Do I feel a new recipe in the making? On the serious side, there has been mud-slinging and unpleasant rhetoric, as well as some deeply reprehensible manipulation of facts and figures, but you will always be welcome here. The music fraternity is known for its big heart and its even broader mind, along with an abiding interest in and commitment to internationalism. Here's to music and musicians (I wish I were one), to an end to all that is desperately damaging and distressing in a hundred arenas overseas, and here's to those who live and work in Scotland taking graciously the opportunity to become friendly neighbours to those who recognise honourably that the wish for peaceful self-determination is not an attack and not a criticism, but nothing more or less than a statement of right. Kind regards to all. YES!

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