The mountain dulcimer was created by the Scots and Irish when they settled in the Appalachian region of the country in the late 1700s. It is a beautiful, soothing instrument and is incredibly easy to play.
Learn to play the dulcimer at this “string side up” workshop given by local musician and singer/songwriter Carolyn Brodginski. Dulcimers provided for participants, and no musical experience is required. Stay for a concert afterwards to hear the many voices of this original American instrument.
Carolyn discovered the dulcimer in 1980 when she saw Sally Rogers in concert at The Sounding Board in West Hartford. An accomplished folk guitarist at the time, she just couldn’t figure out what to do with this beautiful, sweet sounding instrument with so few strings. More than 30 years later, she found The Ct. Mountain Dulcimer Gathering in Colchester, and was shocked at how easy the instrument is to play. She has been playing ever since, and loves the many voices of the dulcimer, playing roots, blues, classical, ethnic music, lullabies, as well as the music of contemporary musicians. Two of her own songs have been featured in Dulcimer Players News, a magazine and CD for and about dulcimer enthusiasts with an international distribution. As a performer, songwriter, teacher, and therapeutic musician, she is passionate about “spreading the dulcimer gospel”, taking great joy in introducing this beautiful original American folk instrument to others.