CHAPTER 4: Dulcimers in the British Isles since 1800 > Dulcimers in the Midlands & the North
Midlands & North - Instruments
There remain a few isolated and incomplete references which are included here in case they are later seen to form part of a more general pattern.
A busker was seen in the streets of Liverpool in the mid 1950s, hammering his dulcimer whilst pushing it along on a pram so that he could not be charged with loitering. Billy Bennington recalls the same thing in Norwich from before the last war.
Leslie Evans remembers:
They had a dulcimer-player on television when that came in; they had one on Hughie Green, but you couldn't tell what he was doing, he was going as fast as you like, he was trying to race the orchestra, well, I mean, to my mind, that's rubbish:I like to put a piece on, say Silent Worship ...
The rest is in the context of what Mr. Evans wanted to achieve in his own music.
An instrument was recently  seen by Ian Dunmur in Appleby, Westmorland, apparently of Victorian vintage, and having only a single long bridge. Apart from one recent example made as an experiment by David Williams this seems to be unique in Britain, and it is perhaps possible that a bass bridge has been present at one time, perhaps long ago.
A few rather vague reports have been received about players in the Tyneside area, but it has not yet been possible to verify them.