Thanks David! The ancient sound of the drones.... Except for a few of us that sound has all but disappeared.
From my blog...
Josiah H. Combs wrote that “the dulcimore is rapidly becoming a thing of the past” in his 1913 magazine article The Kentucky Highlanders. In the book Folk-Songs of the Southern United States written in 1925, he says “The ‘dulcimore’ (dulcimer) is an instrument formerly much used, but now rapidly falling into decay.” How right he was! If we compare how many traditional dulcimore there were in 1913 to how many there are today, his observation was spot on! In 1925 “all” dulcimore were traditional. Today, possibly less than there were in 1925?
I have often wondered how Combs came to those conclusions. What was his basis for making those statements? Did he visit all the hollers in Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia and take a census? Or where they just not as popular with his circle of friends and acquaintances? In my manuscript on the Appalachian Dulcimer Revival I posit that it was not so much a revival as a popularization outside of the "home" territory of the dulcimer. It's just an idea.