Joe and Paula McHugh
Fiddlesticks
Clog Doll
Although young people find this hard to believe, there was a time before television and computer games. There was a time even before electricity and on long winter evenings people made their own entertainment. Joe and Paula McHugh celebrate this tradition by demonstrating a variety of enjoyable “analog” entertainments including dancing a “clog doll”—also known as a “limberjack doll” or “slappy-jack”—playing a “courting” dulcimer, a stringed instrument from the Appalachian mountains played in harmony by two sweethearts, and beating rhythm on the strings of the fiddle with two thin sticks or straws while the fiddler plays a tune, which is where the old-fashion expression “oh, fiddle sticks!” comes from.
Couritng Dulcimer

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