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October 2019

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The Dipper film

another original composition inspired by nature – the Dipper bird gets it’s name from its behaviour of ducking – Martin Cole’s dulcimer is tuned to Reverse Ionian (CCG) – thanks to Deborah Hopson Wolpe for the drawings

Banks of the Lee film

my instrumental arrangement for dulcimer of the Irish folk song Banks Of The Lee – Doug Berch’s dulcimer is tuned to the Aeolian mode (DAC) – the song is normally sung in 4/4 timing but my arrangement here is in 3/4, with a few 4/4 bars to make it work – thanks to Martin Plant for the photographs

mixolydian mode – major or minor ?

the mixolydian mode – is it a major or minor scale ?

those of you who are familiar with my music will know that I play modal folk melodies and I have also composed pieces in various modes

I used to think of the modes as all being minor scales, except Ionian of course – recently however, several people have told me that the mixolydian mode is a major scale

this did not sit comfortably with me as the Mixolydian scale sounds minor to me – so I asked 3 highly qualified musicians that I regularly work with to shed some light on the matter

this blog post shows my initial question, their fascinating answers and my updated view now


Contact Dan Evans

interview with Steve O Ryan

Dan Evans from Olney, near Milton Keynes, UK

I first met Dan Evans at the Nonsuch Dulcimer Club’s annual weekend, at Launde Abbey, 3 years ago when I was starting out on dulcimer.  A very sociable and helpful guy, as well as a very thorough tutor, I was delighted when, last year, he came to teach at the Nonsuch Spring Fling in Allendale, Northumberland (which I now help Liz Conway to organise).