From Carol’s website www.musicladycarol.com:
- A most amazing bit of trivia…The fiddle is such a popular instrument on the Island that it could be nick-named the Manx National Instrument. While their Scottish and Irish neigbors were jigging to the bagpipes, Manx musicians were fiddling the night away! – I was absolutely fascinated to learn that the Medieval Manx fiddles, which were still being played in the 1600’s, before the introduction of the Italian violins, were set up with only three strings. The melody was played on the top string, while the other two strings sounded as drones! ~~ Sound familiar? The modern mountain dulcimer was destined to play Manx music! Who knew!