Hurdy gurdy player Damian Clarke starts tour with Dorchester charity busk
MUSICIAN Damian Clarke is preparing to hit the road with two unusual instruments - a dulcimer and a hurdy gurdy.
The Dorchester teacher-turned-musician and artist is preparing for his first solo tour round the country and then on to the continent.
And he is starting by busking to raise money for the charity Cancer Research UK in his home town, starting on Saturday, 17th August.
Damian will be playing in Cornhill as part of the Busk for Cancer campaign that he has supported for the past two years.
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He said: “I not only love playing directly to people at fairs and festivals, I am also very keen to get the dulcimer and hurdy gurdy in front of people so that the instruments are appreciated.
“I even let people have a go on the dulcimer - for a donation!”
He will be back at Cornhill on Wednesday, 21st August. Both sessions are from 10am to noon.
His solo tour starts with a concert on Thursday,22nd August presented by Sunray Folk Club at the village hall in Broadmayne.
Email email@example.com for tickets or buy them at the door.
Damian will be hosting a musical evening with a difference at the Old School Gallery in Yetminster on Friday, 30th August, when he will also talk about his paintings and how they link to his music.
Call the gallery on 01935 872761 for more information and to buy tickets.
Multi-instrumentalist Damian said: “The beautiful hammer dulcimer has a sweet ringing sound, not unlike a harp or clavichord.
“The hurdy gurdy is an ancient instrument that emerged from cathedrals across western Europe during the medieval age.
“It is the hybrid sound of a violin and a bagpipe, with drones and melody as well as the characteristic rhythmic buzz.
“It has to be seen and heard to be believed.
“Beautifully carved and constructed, it will bring a smile to your face and help you connect with a bygone age.”
He sings and plays traditional songs as well as his own compositions.