I wonder what John Rea would have to say about that!
Well, I'm not sure we'd want to know what John would have thought of it, from what I've gathered. (Notice that both of us used the with regard to this statement. ) I'll bet, though, that John would have had something to say about it, and that it would have been, shall I say, entertaining. In fact, it's entertaining just to ponder it.
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The paintings, poetry and music Are all merely water drawn from the well of mankind And must be returned to him in a cup of beauty So he may drink And in drinking, come to know himself. --Lorca
Post by Dick Glasgow on Oct 10, 2010 22:31:27 GMT 1
Many thanks to Paul Gifford for the following fascinating information.
"Dick, there was John Dowling, active in Dublin by 1761. He’s mentioned in my book. I have quite a few more historical references than when I did when I wrote the book. The Ulster King of Arms (or some office like that) even maintained a dulcimer player at official expense from the 1770s to 1790s or so. I don’t have the reference handy at the moment, but there are lots of references in northern Ireland from that period. Archibald Williamson (whose name sounds Scottish), the “Irish Jew,” advertised “the Jews music” at the Sign of the Fiddle and Dulcimer in Dublin in 1738 and 1744. So it’s safe to say it was known by then.
I came across a manuscript in the U.S. where the author wrote about his grandfather, born in 1836, who had a dulcimer that he said came over from Ireland in the 18th century with his immigrant ancestor. The name was Conley. True or not, who knows, but it’s possible. Then there’s a very old one in the New Brunswick Museum brought over in the early 19th century by an immigrant from Derry."