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Appalachian Dulcimer Traditions
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Ralph Lee Smith is a leading authority on the history of the Appalachian dulcimer and is a performer and teacher of traditional American folk music. He is the author of Folk Songs of Old Virginia (2009) and Greenwich Village: The Happy Folk Singing Days, 1950s and 1960s (2008).

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The Appalachian dulcimer is one of America's major contributions to world music and folk art. Homemade, handmade, and easy to play by people with no formal knowledge of music, the dulcimer has been around for centuries. For this first-hand report on the history of the instrument, the author searched the hills of Appalachia looking at dulcimers and listening to tales of the old folks. Those tales are woven together in this complete and thorough book that reveals little-known facts about the dulcimer's origins on the early Appalachian frontier and its design traditions. Instruments of the best-known makers are analyzed by the author, who is a leading authority on the history of the dulcimer. Included are listings of dulcimer recordings in the Archive of Folk Culture of the Library of Congress. A good choice for libraries with strong music/ethnomusicology collections.‘Eric C. Shoaf, Brown Univ. Lib., Providence

A complete and thorough book that reveals little-known facts about the dulcimer's origins on the early Appalachian frontier and its design traditions. A good choice for libraries with strong music/ethnomusicology collections. * Library Journal *
Smith's research...has been extensive and generally well documented, and his book will be a useful resource for anyone interested in the dulcimer, Appalachian history, or folk music in general. * Ethnomusicology *

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