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Music & Films

Banks Of The Lee film+TAB

my instrumental arrangement for mountain dulcimer of the Irish folk song Banks Of The Lee – Doug Berch’s mountain 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

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Tumbling Skies film

an original, nature-themed composition for the dulcimer, played on my Martin Cole Appalachian dulcimer in Ionian (DAA) tuning but in the key of C (CGG) – slight delay effects from the Boss DD-500 are a dual delay with randomly variable timing and randomly shifting from left to right – the general approach to the style of composition was inspired by the composing of Classical guitarist Andrew York

Snow film

A very short film of Dan Evans’ original guitar piece ‘Snow’ from Dan’s ‘Spirit Dancing’ album. The film also shows photographs of Olney and surrounding area. Very unusually for Dan, this piece is played on a guitar in standard tuning (EADGBE).

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If I Were A Carpenter film+TAB

a dulcimer arrangement of Tim Hardin’s lovely folk song, beautifully sung by Rebecca Hallworth – performed on my Doug Berch mountain dulcimer in Ionian tuning EBB (DAA but in key of E)

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Rosemary’s Sister film

Huw Williams’ moving song about a little girl killed in the blitz in London – arranged here for dulcimer and performed on my Martin Cole Appalachian dulcimer in DAA tuning

The Rose film

Amanda Mc Broom’s powerful song, arranged here for dulcimer and performed on my Martin Cole Appalachian dulcimer in DAA tuning – a nice performance and professional recording of this song can be found on my Let It Be Me CD album (DSM6 / 2010)

Wings film

Brian Bedford’s wonderful song played here on electric mountain dulcimer in DAA tuning with some subtle FX from the Boss GT-1 multi effects unit (preamp, delay & reverb) – I hope to record this on the next CD album but with female vocals taking the lead

Let It Be Me film

perhaps my favourite love song – originally a French song by Bécaud made popular by the Everly Brothers and arranged here by me for dulcimer in DAA tuning – this performance is on my electric dulcimer with FX (preamp, delay and reverb) via the Boss GT-1 multi effects unit – it’s the title track of my Let It Be Me CD album (DSM6 / 2010) and I recommend that studio recording to you, which has two acoustic dulcimer parts

Plain Sailing & The Saints film

two short improvisations: my own Plain Sailing and When The Saints Go Marching In – played on my Auden Chester cutaway guitar in Open C tuning (CGCGCE) – using the Boss DD-500 delay (duel FX for chords / shimmer FX for lead) and the Boss RC-30 loop station to play backup and provide rhythm

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