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Saturday, April 12, 2008

Metro - Ukrainian Dulcimer


Today I had the pleasure of meeting Metro, a street musician playing on the Inner Harbour causeway. He plays the Ukrainian Dulcimer, an instrument I had never heard before. Below is a video I took to give you some idea of what a dulcimer sounds like and how it is played.

5 comments:

USelaine said...

Hey! That's a nice treat! I think they used it in some of the Dr. Zhivago soundtrack. Very cool.

Ken said...

I've never seen one of those before. Very interesting sound.

Jack and Joann said...

There must be versions of the dulcimer all around the world. I know there are appalachian dulcimers which probably were later versions of Irish, Welsh and Scottish dulcimers.
I like the musical treat too.

raf said...

Yes, it is a musical treat. Thank you, Ben! Metro plays a mean dulcimer. Great post!
I'm guessing the folks behind him clad in the orange thermal worksuits are going for a harbor tour or whale-watching excursion. Have any idea?

no_one_in_particular said...

@USelaine: "balalaika" is the name of the instrument used in the dr. zhivago soundtrack (lara's theme).

that being said i have often wondered myself how lara's theme must sound like if played with hammered dulcimers ...

p.s. here is a clip playing lara's theme (the balalaika really starts about 28 secs. into the piece)