Today In Mountain Dulcimer History: 18 July 2015

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Today In Mountain Dulcimer History: 18 July 2015

Postby dbennett » Tue Jul 18, 2017 6:01 am

Clifford Glenn died in Watauga County North Carolina. Clifford Glenn, son of banjo and dulcimer maker Leonard Glenn (1910-1997), was a traditional instrument maker and musician from the Sugar Grove and Beech Mountain area of Watauga County North Carolina. He made dulcimers and fretless mountain banjos for more than five decades in a tradition that dates back to his great-grandfather Eli Presnell (1845-1939). Presnell made a pattern in the 1880s from what is believed to be the first dulcimer in the hourglass pattern in the region. That instrument, according to family stories, was brought on horseback by a mysterious “man from the west” (probably from Kentucky), and while he stayed the night a pattern was made. From that pattern Clifford’s grandfather, Nat Glenn (1886-1955), made a copy. Clifford made his first dulcimer at age nineteen and instrument making was Clifford’s chief source of income although he did plant tobacco and the family grew some their own food. At first, his instrument making took place during the winter months when there was less work to do.
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