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Playback Dulcimer Day
Programme of events (16th July 2005)
Display of East Anglian dulcimers
Ian Clabburn brought a collection of dulcimers for
you to have a go at actually playing - even if you’ve never played anything
before you were able to drop in and have a go under Ian’s guiding eye.
Players with their own dulcimers were welcome to
join a session hosted by Richard Blake and Chris Holderness.
Although many modern dulcimers are played with wooden hammers, the older style of beaters, which remained popular in Norfolk, were made of cane or rattan and bound with wool. Most people using these beaters only possess an old pair, and no-one has been making them since the great Billy Bennington died in the 1980s. Through the Playback project, the East Anglian Traditional Music Trust is reviving the craft of making them, and on the day people were able to make their own pair to take away and play or just come and have a look.
For further information about dulcimers in East Anglia, click here.