The DULCIIMERS OF DUNLORE are Los Angeles area based musicians who play throughout the area including at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. This CD, their first, is all traditional music.
From the CD liner notes:
TheDulcimers of Dunlorepresent a variety of tunes celebrating the Christmas season. This collection of melodies draws from sacred tunes, traditional holiday songs, and ancient pieces selected to reflect the joy and harmony of the season. This local Los Angeles based group's members include Laurie Birkemeier, Janet Lewis, Carol Burrill, Jennie Goins, and Marcia Tyra.
We open with eight tunes arranged by Judith Dunlore.Carol of the Bells(1)is a Ukranian carol that shows off the bell-like timbre of the hammer dulcimer.On This Night Most Holy(2) is a Christmas setting of the old Welsh harp melody "The Ashgrove," followed by an inventive round combining a Russian Orthodox ChristmasKolyada(3) with the old English Christmas carolChristmas is Coming, Little Christmas Dance(4) is adapted from a 17th-century melody by Johann Fischer. Judith then turns the dulcimer ensemble loose to create its own dulcimer-only version ofJingle Bells(5).The Rose of Isaiah(6) takes the familiar "Rose" round and interweaves it with joyous contrapuntal melodies. We return to a traditional Welsh carol with the lively arrangement ofDeck the Hall(7).Nobody is sure where the ancient and lovely melodyDona Nobis Pacem(8) comes from, but the words express the eternal prayer, "Grant us peace."
Carol had a hand in the arrangements of the next four pieces.Artsa Alinu(9) is a Hebrew phrase expressing joy at the return to the Promised Land. Judith and Carol come together to create a uniquely dulcimerSilent Night(10).ISaw Three Ships(11) was inspired by the harp playing of Deborah Friou. A favorite tune of local dulcimer players,Asolin(12)is a round that combines nicely with the traditional Greek melodyKalanta of the New Year.
Each of the Dulcimers of Dunlore musicians brings something of her own invention to the final part of the performance. The final nine pieces include traditional carols and melodies includingAmazing Grace(15),March of the Three Kings(14),Winter Wren(16), andWhite Christmas(22).
May this collection of dulcimer melodies bring you much joy as you celebrate the holiday season.
From our Purveyor of Music: I had the opportunity to hear this engaging local group perform. The hammered dulcimer has a long history, and came West with English and Irish settlers. Often, local musicians are just terrific but have the challenge of finding their place in a national and international market. It's our pleasure to bring their music to you.