Bill Flanagan – Hammered Dulcimer

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New album “Sanctuary!”

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New album “Sanctuary!”

I’m please to release my third album “Sanctuary,” currently available as a physical CD (plus digital download) or just as a digital download. This album opens with three solo hammered dulcimer arrangements: “Hallelujah” (Leonard Cohen), “I Won’t Give Up” (Jason Mraz), and “Going to California” (Led Zeppelin). Next is “Building the Perfect Clock,” an extraordinary tune by Evan Carawan to which I’ve added bass accompaniment. After that is my gentle solo hammered...

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Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen)

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Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen)

One of the most beautiful songs ever written. An anthem for the current age…

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Untitled #3 (Sigur Rós)

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Untitled #3 (Sigur Rós)

My hammered dulcimer-based rendition of Sigur Rós “Untitled #3.”

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Constellations!

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Constellations!

All of the note possibilities on the hammered dulcimer represent stars in the sky, waiting to be explored. I gaze in wonder at the endless possibilities. As I learn and play more, I begin to recognize that some of these stars are connected to one another in patterns, and eventually the sky becomes full of such patterns… constellations!

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“Music is the study of invisible relationships between internal objects.”

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“Music is the study of invisible relationships between internal objects.”

As a performer, I’ve had a number of experiences over the years in which my music has touched someone emotionally in some deep way. While some of these stories are too personal to convey, I’ve become very interested in further understanding the powerful relationship between music and emotion.

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I Won’t Give Up (Jason Mraz)

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I Won’t Give Up (Jason Mraz)

My hammered dulcimer arrangement of the Jason Mraz / Michael Nutter tune “I Won’t Give Up.”

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Tomorrow’s Song (Ólafur Arnalds)

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Tomorrow’s Song (Ólafur Arnalds)

My hammered dulcimer arrangement of “Tomorrow’s Song” by Icelandic minimalist composer Ólafur Arnalds.

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Hed Zeppelin

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Hed Zeppelin

This medley consists of the following:

1. “Sergeant Early’s Dream” (Trad./arr. Maggie Sansone)
2. “Hedwig’s Theme” (John Williams)
3. “Going to California” (Robert Plant and Jimmy Page)

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Hammered dulcimer web resources

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Hammered dulcimer web resources

Here are a few links related to hammered dulcimer. I’ve listed the major sites first, since these will gateway you to a much more extensive array of hammered dulcimer information than I can provide here. If you’d like your site to be listed here, just drop me a line.

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My favorite hammered dulcimer CDs

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My favorite hammered dulcimer CDs

The hammered dulcimer has a hauntingly beautiful sound and is used in a variety of musical styles including Celtic, new age, classical (particularly medieval and renaissance), up-tempo fiddle tunes, and so on. There are quite a few hammered dulcimer recordings to choose from. First I’ll list some general sources for hammered dulcimer CDs, and then I’ll discuss some of my personal favorite hammered dulcimer recordings.

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