CHAPTER 4: Dulcimers in the British Isles since 1800 > Dulcimers in London

The old days ...

It may well be that many of the street players referred to at the beginning of this chapter were Londoners, although the references are not full enough for one to be able to place them positively.

Certainly there have been buskers there for quite a while: Reg Hall's mother recalls a player outside the Angel, Brixton, from about 1908, and Paul Gifford heard a description of one player in the '20s who managed to combine dulcimer and harmonica with tambourine, cymbal and drum into a one-man band - Vienna had a similar cove at about the same time, rnentioned in Chapter 5.

South-east of London, Reg Hall rernembers a player in Chatham High Street before the last war, and players have been reported under the arches at Charing Cross in 1970 and 1975.