THE DULCIMER COLLECTION
The Critton Hollow String Band
About The Dulcimer Collection.
Many people have asked why I started playing the dulcimer so I think
I'll give you a brief history. It was 1974 when Joe, my fiddle playing
spouse came back from the National Folk Festival in Washington D.C. He
described an instrument that was built and played by Sam Rizzetta. His
enthusiasm was quite impressive and a few weeks later I saw my first
dulcimer at the Galax, Va. Fiddlers Convention. It was a homemade
instrument, which in those days most of them were, and it was already
pulling apart but something about it was enough to capture my heart.
Thinking retrospectively, Ive always been curious about the paths we all
take. If I was a reincarnationist I'd figure I needed to learn patience
and tolerance this time around. Perhaps I played the dang thing in
someone's court or some such thing, but alas it remains a curiosity.
This compilation is an effort to bring 25 years of Critton Hollow's
dulcimer history together on one recording. My style and energy
absolutely depends on making music with others and especially with these
guys in the band.
Of course I (we) hope you find this collection of tunes something you
want to listen to often for a long time and perhaps we'll pass a tune or
two from our hands to yours.
All the best to you,
Sam and the Joes