CHAPTER 4: Dulcimers in the British Isles since 1800 > Dulcimers in the later 20th century

The Dulcimer in Pop/Rock Music

There are three examples, all of them from t he music which owes something to both pop and folk music and known variously as folk-rock, contemporary-folk and so on.

The Incredible String Band make a feature of introducing a very wide range of instruments, many of them played without great skill but with convincing involvement and spirit; the dulcimer on The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter was unfortunately rather poorly tuned, and played with a somewhat uneven tremolo.

No Roses, the first LP of the Albion Country Band, includes two tracks with dulcimer; it was played by the concertina-player, who found that he was expected to bash something out for some extra tone colour at rather short notice; the result is unkind to both instrument and player, and both have been shown capable of much better things.

Richard and Linda Thompson also included the dulcimer in a lengthy list of instruments used on their LP Hokey-Pokey.