Oswald Stammers (1904-2002)
Oswald Stammers was the grandson of Jimmy Stammers, a maker and player from Westhall in Suffolk. He was born on 26th September 1904 and lived until the grand old age of 98, dying in 2002.
There were several dulcimer
players in the generation above Oswald: his father, William James, his Uncle
Harry and Aunt May all played the dulcimer – Oswald learned the ‘rippling’
technique from his father, who could also ‘chord’ it – play two harmonising
notes at the same time. His grandfather Jimmy Stammers had made four family
dulcimers, all to the same design, as well as a number of others. Oswald had
inherited his dulcimer from an aunt: probably Aunt May (born Catherine
Stammers 1889, married name Emmett). From correspondence with collector and dulcimer player
Russell Wortley, it is clear that
Oswald was certainly quite musically active in the local community at that
Oswald Stammers was recorded by Russell Wortley in 1970, along with duets with his brother Ronald, on the one-string fiddle, who had settled in Manningtree in south east Essex. For further information follow the link:
Photo descriptions & sources
Main photo: Oswald Stammers (Russell Wortley)
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