Dul­cimer Day

The Galloway News - - DISTRICT NEWS -

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.

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