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.
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