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

David Kettlewell - My own involvement

It was largely as a result of David Williams that my own involvement with the dulcimer grew.


I had bought a Douglas instrument, presumably made about the turn of the century, which I found being used as a door stop in a Glastonbury antique shop, and used it occasionally for solos amongst other concert items.

I had learnt Billy Cooper's Yarmouth Hornpipe and English Breakdown from a tape of Russell Wortley's playing.

But it was not until I heard David playing Soldier's Joy and Golden Slippers with his inimitable verve, and saw the ease with which he could tune, that I realised that it could be so much more than a jangling novelty.