The Nonsuch Dulcimer Club is a UK based organisation for anyone interested in hammered or mountain dulcimers. The club was formed in 1992 by a small handful of hammered dulcimer players, but also extended its activities to incorporate the mountain dulcimer. It now has over 200 members who play one or both of these instruments. Although most of the members live here in the UK, they also have members in Europe and the USA.
Education workshops can be arranged in most areas of the UK. Contact the club for more information about setting up a workshop or to pursue an interest in playing the dulcimer.
Founded in Hungary in 1991 the Cimbalom World Association exists to support and promote cimbalom music in the world and to develop and increase the popularity of this whole family of instruments. The CWA aims to bring together artists who play cimbalom and similar instruments like yangqin, santur, hackbrett, hammered dulcimer, tympanon, qanun, kantele, etc. as well as interested organisations and individuals from around the world.
A fascinating insight into the Birmingham Style of Dulcimer played by Fred Woodley and five generations of his family dating back to the late 1800s.
Between 1850 - 1930 there were many dulcimer players located in East Anglian which is made up of the counties of Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridge. Visit these websites to find out more about the unique style of hammered dulcimer played in this region.
The dulcimer has a long history in Scotland, perhaps dating back to the 16thC. Visit this website to find out more about the 20thC Scottish dulcimer tradition.
There have been hammered dulcimers in Northern Ireland since the early 18thC. The most well known traditional player in the early 20thC was John Rea (pictured). Because of the links between parts of Northern Ireland and Western Scotland many of the players have Scottish roots as does the player who set up this discussion group page, Dick Glasgow.
David Kettlewell's website is recognised as the most accurate source for international and UK dulcimer history. It is research-based and includes a lot of detailed information based on his 1976 thesis on The Dulcimer which Kettlewell himself gradually uploaded until his death in 2011.
Information about the history of the US Mountain Dulcimer and its European origins as presented by UK player Geoff Black.
The Dulcimer World Congress held a special concert for schools on 23rd October 2015 as part of their outreach programme. Artists from Ireland, Switzerland, the USA and Hungary performed a special programme aimed at ages 8 -11. The theme of the concert was "Music with a tale to tell". Each artist is on a separate video.
Ten Pieces is an exciting initiative for schools, led by BBC Learning and the BBC Performing Groups that aims to open up the world of classical music to a generation of children and inspire them to develop their own creative responses to ten pieces of music.
The website includes a variety of useful resources and ideas for music based school programmes.
Explore free, downloadable materials for using English traditional folk song, music, dance, drama and other arts in your teaching and learning.
If you would like further help with a folk music or dance related activity you can also contact the EFDSS education department (firstname.lastname@example.org, direct tel: 020 7241 8953), who may be able to suggest a local person or refer your enquiry on to their folk educators group.Tradamis The Great Caper
Tradamis is a Registered Charity which aims to provide traditional dance and music to schools (including teacher training) and to the wider arts world nationwide.
The Great Caper is a collective group, based in Bristol and working with children, young People and adults throughout the South West and further afield, bringing traditional English Morris dance and seasonal customs back into everyday life.