Dulcimer maker Bob Worth of Beckley, WV played music and displayed his handcrafted instruments in the Holt House during the WV State Folk Festival at Glenville last weekend. Bob demonstrated how to play on this beautiful dulcimer:
Some of Bob's dulcimers:
The dulcimer on the left includes some pine from the two-lane covered bridge at Philippi, West Virginia. The bridge was badly damaged about 10 years ago when an RV caught fire as it was crossing the bridge. Bob worked with the restoration team and salvaged a piece for this dulcimer. He has other instruments that also contain pieces of wood from historic places.
Bob's dulcimers are all priced at $250 and the quality of work and the sound of them is excellent.
I paid $200 for mine from another maker in 2000, so the price is certainly reasonable.
You can contact Bob at:
312 Maxwell Hill Road
Beckley, WV 25801
The song Bob played for us was Kilkelly, a beautiful and sad Irish ballad based on letters written home by immigrants to the United States. You can hear a version of the song here. It's being performed by Robbie O'Connell, the man who will be teaching the Irish Vocals class at Augusta Heritage Workshops at the end of July. And guess who will be there? Me!
The lyrics can be found here. Based on a true story, which makes it even sadder.