Dulcimers Are Go (2008)
Dulcimers Are Go is an album of original Appalachian rock music featuring the Appalachian mountain dulcimer used in both progressive and traditional ways.
Other instruments featured include guitars, strumstick, electric gourd, harmonica, and recorder.
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1. Wire Mountain in Spring
An improvised piece played in a GCC tuning with a capo on the first fret.
2. Broken Moon
electric dulcimer, recorder, strumstick
The name for this one, strangely, comes from the title sequence to Thundarr the Barbarian, which I used to watch as a kid.
3. Three Wise Mice
dulcimer, electric gourd, guitar
This is probably my oldest dulcimer tune — it's a GDC tuning. The electric gourd is my DIY lapsteel dulcimer-thingie.
4. Goblins Are Go
acoustic and electric dulcimer
It's got goblins!
solo electric dulcimer
Another old piece recorded in a contemporary way. I often play this one live as a medley with "Carving Charms," which you can find on Devil's Stomping Ground.
6. A Wise Stroll
guitar, strumstick, and orchestration
The guitar is open-tuned in G; my chromatic strumstick is tuned CGC.
7. Tars Tarkas
dulcimer, acoustic and electric guitars
One of my favorite dulcimer pieces in the GDC tuning.
8. When John Lee Hooker Waltzes
acoustic dulcimer and guitar
A guitar piece with 'lead' dulcimer. The dulcimer is tuned GDD; the guitar is standard tuned.
9. When Argonauts Waltz
solo acoustic dulcimer
A improvisation for DAC tuned dulcimer. This kind of composition on the fly is something I think I learned from my brother Andy.
strumstick, electric guitar, and orchestration
One of the first things I ever recorded on my spiffy little strumstick.
11. Wire Mountain, Dancing
acoustic dulcimer, harmonica
A bouncy piece for DAD dulcimer.
guitar, dulcimer, orchestration
This is my favorite piece on the album, I think. It suggests things to come on the Devil's Stomping Ground disc. The "lead" dulcimer is an improvised part played on GDD and is very typical of most love to use the dulcimer.
13. In the Shadow of Wire Mountain
Another improvisation, recorded in the same session as track #1. Again, the dulcimer is tuned GCC with a capo at 1.