I have had a life-long love for all kinds of music, but it was folk music that interested me most.
My husband Ken ‘retired’ from teaching in 2001 and we moved to York where we ran a guest house for 10 years. It was during this time that we had the great pleasure of hosting the Nonsuch Dulcimer Club’s ‘Winter Warmers’ for several years.
Now we have formally retired I have achieved a long time ambition to own and play the hammered dulcimer. My first instrument was the whistle which I learned to accompany Ken. I had a brief flirtation at that time with the Mountain Dulcimer – which I used to accompany one or two songs. Now I accompany Ken on the Hammered Dulcimer and he accompanies me on the guitar.
Since beginning to play the HD, we regularly provide music for the Cleckheaton Folk Festival Church Service. With friends we presented a musical drama about the ‘Low Moor Explosion 1916 – in Bradford’ – I used the HD to provide tunes and to accompany songs.
Now we find great joy in sharing the playing of music with friends who play different instruments – friends from the village, and also from folk clubs.
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