People in Dalbeattie were given the opportunity to see and hear an unfamiliar musical instrument when dulcimer players from Scotland and England converged on the town recently.
Event organiser Alyn Iorwerth, who lives nearby, said: “Although the dulcimer was once common throughout the UK, it has become something of a rarity.
“But there is a committed group of enthusiasts who relish the opportunity to play together, exchange ideas and music, or just renew old acquaintances.”
The musicians, who had travelled from as far away as Clackmannanshire andWorcestershire, met local people, many of whom dropped in during the day to listen, examine the instruments, or try their hand on one of the dulcimers on display.
Also on show was a collection of photographs and newspaper cuttings, compiled by Jack Bethel from Lanarkshire, who also helped organise the event.
Cuttings from the Dumfries and Galloway Standard showed that the dulcimer was regularly featured in local concerts in the early part of the 20th century.
The most recent reference showed that a dulcimer was part of the entertainment at an open night atTerregles WRI in March 1943 by a Mr A Logan.
After their day in Dalbeattie, the musicians moved to The Laurie Arms at Haugh of Urr where regulars were entertained by an informal music session.
Overall, Dalbeattie Dulcimer Day – the first gathering of its kind in Scotland – was judged a success, and plans are afoot to repeat the event in 2019.
Wedding day Married recently in Hawick Council Chambers were Sharon Grieve from Hawick and Andy Maxwell from Dalbeattie. Picture by Derek Lunn Photographer, Hawick.