Cimbalom Playing at a Paprika Festival

Sometimes you just need to lighten up.  And what better way than listening to music at a Paprika Festival.  You have to hang in there until the cimbalom player strolls in, sits down, and starts wailing away on his instrument.  There’s a charming casual air to the video since everyone keeps walking in from on the camera, carrying little cups of who-knows-what.

The cimbalom is the distinguished European ancestor of my hammered dulcimer, even if it rather looks like a piano with the top removed and features dampers.

You’ll have to go find your own goulash to accompany the music!  Or plan on getting to the next festival.

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About Mary Jane Ballou

Mary Jane Ballou’s life in sacred music began in a children’s choir at the age of three. Instrumental music waited until her piano lessons started in primary school. And her music life remains a joyous pairing of sacred vocal music and the instrumental repertoire of Spain, Ireland, and Scotland.

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