Singer - Songwriter - Musician
Chris plays a wide variety of instruments:
English Concertina - This is the smallest member of the accordion family. Patented in 1829 by Charles Wheatstone, it reached its peak in popularity in the late 1800s.
Musical Saw - Both the Germans and Swedes are credited with the discovery that music could be coaxed out of a common saw. The "instrument" reached its height of popularity during the heyday of vaudeville, early in the 20th century.
Appalachian Dulcimer - either strummed or finger-picked, this instrument is related to the older European board and fretted zithers. Chris plays a 4-string dulcimer.
Ukelin - The ukelin is really a bowed zither. The left thumb play the chords while you bow with the right hand.
Mandolin - Developed in Italy in the 17th century, it was brought to America where it caught on in the late half of the 19th century. Chris plays a mandolin that is similar to those issued to servicemen in WWI.
Button accordion - Developed in Austria, Germany and France, this is the classic push/pull system with the added luxury of a simple bass or rhythm. Chris plays the one-row accordion.
Resophonic Guitar - Commonly called a "Dobro", the guitar was developed in America in the 1920s. Popular with both country and blues musicians, it's played either on the lap "Hawaiian" style or upright like a regular guitar.
Lap Steel Guitar - An electric version of the Dobro popular from the 1930s to the 1950s, everything from Hawaiian to western swing music was played on these instruments. They can be found nowadays gathering dust in pawnshops and flea markets.
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