Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Name that instrument - The Hammered Dulcimer
Apparently the hammered dulcimer has been around since the Middle Ages and has been experiencing a come back over the last 10 years or so. Jim, himself, has been playing the string instrument for the last 5 years. The dulcimer is the string trapezoidal instrument and the hammer comes from the wood mallets that you see hitting the strings. Jim said the instrument started in the Middle East and made its way to Europe by way of China's Silk road. The hammered dulcimer has many names depending on the country and the number of strings can also vary. As for the sound, this customer can tell you that it is very sweet and soothing and I'm lucky to have been there when Jim was playing. 'This the luck of the Irish. Thank you Jim and thanks to Callahans for having him play on Patty's Day.