Doug Berch

Dulcimer Maker And Musician

Paul Bertrand Playing Danse Carree Hammered Dulcimer 1928

Paul Bertrand Playing “Danse Carree” On Hammered Dulcimer (1928)

Paul Bertrand Playing "Danse Carree" Hammered Dulcimer (1928)

 

Here is a treat thanks to the generous offerings of Canadian Library and Archives “Virtual Gramophone.”

15951.mp3 – Paul Bertrand – “Danse Carree” (1928)

Like many players of the era Mr. Bertrand’s playing has a lilt and rhythmic precision that probably comes from playing for many dances. The style is somewhat sparse but every note is played with excellence. In my opinion this sounds more musical than any flashy technique could bring to such a tune.

I can not make out what instrument is providing the accompaniment. At various times I have thought it to be a piano, harp, guitar, zither or maybe even another hammered dulcimer.

 

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2 Comments

  1. Doug Berch

    Hi Paul,

    Thanks for the info. Fascinating! I am always amazed by your knowledge of all things dulcimer!
    All the best,

    Doug

  2. Paul Gifford

    Hi, Doug: I found this while searching for Bertrand on Google. I interviewed and met members of Bertrand’s family back around 1979. I had heard this record earlier, while snooping in Montreal. Bertrand lived in northern Ontario, and, from the design of his instrument, must have started on one manufactured by Hoare, of the Goderich, Ontario, area. He later designed one with a chromatic tuning, named it a “carolino” (after his wife Caroline), and this is what he is playing. His daughter Blanche was accompanying him on I think the same carolino. I interviewed Albert’s son Albert, saw his carolino. At the time, the daughter Blanche was living in Timmins in a nursing home.

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