Thanks, Betsy, for the nudge reminding me to upload these. Here’s “Polska from Solna” and “Polska from Kumla,” the two Swedish tunes we worked on at the Colorado Dulcimer Fest back in February.
The Colorado Dulcimer Fest was asking its performers to donate something to the door prize prize pool, and I didn’t want to be like everyone else and just put in a CD. So I made up a little certificate instead, which entitled the winner to an original tune, composed by me, in the winner’s honor. I’ll call this the “O’Carolan tactic”… or in other words, self-assigned homework. I was lucky that the winner of the certificate was actually a hammered dulcimer player herself, and a pretty cool gal at that. It has been an honor for me to compose in honor of her, even if it has taken me two months to write the tune. I’ll be seeing Rebecca, the winner, soon. It’ll be up to her to title the tune.
I’m my own worst videographer, so nevermind the headlessness in this clip. Just enjoy the music, and focus on the hammers, because that’s what it’s all about anyway. Oh, and by the way, those are Paul Haslem hammers I’m using, and he’s about to make a new batch of them to send to America. Contact me if you’re interested in buying a pair!