Directed by: Gene DuBey
Running Time: 28:00
Dulcimers are one of the world’s oldest musical instruments and have been heard in the southern mountains since the time of the earliest white settlers. The knowledge of how to make and play them has been handed down from one practitioner to another for generations. In this film, I.D. Stamper, a master dulcimer builder and player from eastern Kentucky, and John McCutcheon, a young musician, play together, swap tunes, discuss musical traditions and demonstrate the difference between hammered and mountain style dulcimer.
This film was preserved by Appalshop Archive with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities. To support the work of preserving and safeguarding Appalshop’s collections, please consider making a donation to Appalshop Archive.
“Remarks about the origins of various instruments, the traditions of instrument making in the area, and the influence of one musician’s style on the other waft gently through the film in an informative commentary that does not intrude on the obvious and simple joys of the men’s music making and shared friendship.” –Booklist
“The music, the friendship of the musicians, and the greens and blues of a summer afternoon make an extraordinarily pleasant film.” –Educational Film Library Association
“An asset to any music department.” –John C. Childress, Media Services, Hinds Junior College
Screenings & Festivals
Festival of American Folklife, Smithsonian Institution
International Festival of Documentary