4: Dulcimers in the British Isles since 1800 > Dulcimers
in the later 20th century
It is often
remarkable the extent to which individuals identify themselves
with the dulcimer, an indication of which may be gauged from
our last examples:
valentine (the whole inscription reads: "You
can make music on the strings of my heart");
a series of cartoons by Ian Clabburn, who discovered
after he had been playing his Dave Williams dulcimer
for some while that his grandfather had been a Norfolk
player and maker years before.
little poem written after a concert, capturing
the various accents and reactions heard in the audience:
RULES - OK??
knows fer a bloke called Kettlewell
lives ower Tisbury nauw.
dudn E play them fings Ers got?
sorts o fings Er plays - the lot!
loves he tunes his metal well)
may dyahs, such a farefle rahw!
fink they be mosely dollzimmerse:
zithererse - oh, 'n arpse.
'n fings yer blouw
thick andle fing - oh, Oydenoh.
Art, Polymnia lends him hers)
- so many flets end sharps!
racken Ers quoyt a clever bloke:
'n that, Oy spe'ck
fink E clecks them fings Er plays
ower the weld - swod E sayes.
Orphean spirit visits folk)
his beckgraund, Ay fyah, is suspect.