Bird Rock Dulcimers is new venture offering quality mountain dulcimers from Mc Spadden, the Hagen family, and other Appalachian dulcimer builders for UK and European musicians.
Bird Rock Dulcimers is based in the Dysynni Valley, Snowdonia, Wales and run by Robin Clark.
Robin started playing mountain dulcimer in April 2009 after a suggestion from a banjo playing friend. He quickly found out just how intuitive the instrument is to play and how good a fit it is for a wide variety of musical styles. And he fell in love with the sweet song of these wonderful folk instruments. The difficulty he had was obtaining good quality instruments and accessories in the UK. After many frustrating searches and various disapointing trials of instruments from Eastern Europe and the Far East, Robin realised that the only answer was to go direct to the small workshops in the Appalachian mountains of the USA that had the tradition, skills and experience to produce fine instruments.
Robin owned Busker Guitars for a number of years, a highly reputable company that specialises in designing and retailing resonator and slide guitars to musicians all over the world. And he has put that expertise to use in setting up Bird Rock Dulcimers with the aim of providing specialist instruments and advice to UK and European mountain dulcimer players of all standards.
Robin loves playing live music whenever he gets the chance! Be that as a member of "The Boggy Mountain Boys" bluegrass band, in an Appalachian old time band called "Snakewood", with a duo called "The Kitcheners", playing at sessions in the local pubs or simply out on the streets busking with his mountain dulcimers!
Come back and visit us here at www.dulcimers.co.uk as we build our web site over the coming months. We will shortly be adding more content about our mountain dulcimer range, playing tips, lessons and workshops.
For further information call Robin on +44 (0)1654 712671
Or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Playing mountain dulcimer on a trip to Sandwood Bay, Sutherland, Scotland
Personally, I love playing the mountain dulcimer in its traditional style with a wooden 'noter' and a goose quill strummer. Only one string is 'noted' while the others act as drones. The clip above was played in this style on my Heritage model with a bodhran accompaniment.