Sourwood Mountain Dulcimers
Sourwood Mountain Dulcimers Video
Sourwood Mountain Dulcimers (Gene Dubey 1976) 28:00 minutes
Dulcimers are one of the world's oldest musical instruments and have been heard in the southern mountains since the time of the earliest white settlers. The knowledge of how to make and play them has been handed down from one practitioner to another for generations. In this film, I.D. Stamper, a master dulcimer builder and player from eastern Kentucky, and John McCutcheon, a young musician, play together, swap tunes, discuss musical traditions and demonstrate the difference between hammered and mountain style dulcimer. This clip shows master craftsman I.D. Stamper building a mountain dulcimer. In voiceover he describes how his style of construction differs from that of his uncle, and how the different shape and materials alters the tone.
The preservation of Sourwood Mountain Dulcimers was made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Preservation work was done by Colorlab.
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