Thursday, June 25, 2009
The dulcimer "docs"
At least that's what I affectionately call them. After several years of taking my dulcimer to the WV Folk Festival looking for help and not finding any - this year I found them. This is Roger and Gailanne, brother and sister who perform as Jubals-Kin. They were performing at the festival, and when I saw her with a dulcimer I had to go over and chat. Long story short, when they found out I had a dulcimer with me and needed help, they insisted I run and get it. These are two of the nicest, most generous and kind spirited kids I've met in a long time. Even though it was at least 95 degrees and as humid as it gets, they cheerfully offered to restring my dulcimer and show me how to tune it... and the next day I went to their dulcimer workshop and learned a whole lot more.
And this is the hill I had to climb to get there. Did I mention I was melting??? But it was soooooo worth it!!! Those two kids really helped me out.. I still can't believe Gailanne is only FIFTEEN years old - she's a natural born teacher and an "old soul". Check out the website and listen to some clips of their music - they are totally amazing!
Now... just one teensy little problem... since I've started playing my dulcimer again.. I can't stop! It's SO cool and relaxing to just sit out on the porch, feel the breeze and hear that sweet dulcimer music. And so what if I play Amazing Grace five thousand times because it's the only song i know so far? It still sounds really, really good :)