Dizzi Dulcimer is the alter ego of Rebecca Cree hailing from South-west England. It takes its name from the hammered dulcimer, an instrument that lies halfway between a percussion and string instrument. One can describe it very simplistically as an autoharp whose strings are hit by two thin mallets. It was quite popular throughout Europe in the Middle Ages and Renaissance and still can be found in the folk music of Eastern Europe and Middle East.
The tune “Portugal” closes the 2011 album Dulci Trio Renaissance Music and it’s quite mesmerizing. Enjoy the trip!