Tiompán Alley,

David James' Music Website!

Founded November 12, 2001


Please resist the spreading cloud of fascism in this country and the world.

The Guardian.co.uk, July 24, 2011:
British journalist Andrew J Boyle has sent through this translation of Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg's speech in Oslo Cathedral this morning:

"In the middle of all these tragic events, I am proud to live in a country that has stood firm at a critical time. I am deeply impressed by how much dignity and compassion I have seen. We are a small nation, but a proud people. We will never abandon our values. Our reply is: more democracy, more openness, and more humanity. But never naivity.
No one has said it better than the AUF girl who was interviewed by CNN: 'If one man can show so much hate, think how much love we could show, standing together.'"

David James is on the radio. Wednesdays from 10 p.m. until midnight eastern time: WSND-FM 88.9: Celtic Traditions. OR listen live on your computer at wsnd.nd.edu. If you're far away and you hear my show, write to the e-mail address below and tell me where you heard Celtic Traditions!

Newest update, July 4, 2017

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Personal Appearances

Not a lot happening these days, but stay tuned. New set and new performing schedule in 2014.

Welcome to Tiompán Alley!

Take what you need, but do me a few favors. Tunes and songs written by me, and arrangements on the MP3's are copyright (c) by me. Contact me for recording rights, but play them and sing them if you like them (but for heaven's sake give me some credit‚ I need all I can get).

 Any printed stuff you may reproduce as long as you leave my name and contact information at the bottom. If you are going to publish them for profit please contact me for some just compensation.

What's on this site:



Bios, Photos, MP3's:

David James

Kim Hoffmann

Important Dates,

Activist Résumé

Freedom Summer
08 page

In Print Here

(Including Audio Files)



Tin Whistle

* Bodhrán



Irish Music and Song


Old Time Music Page
Writings & Academic


Photo Gallery

Your First Five
Irish Tunes

About First Five

Intro to reading
music (easy!)



Tin Whistle

Links to other great

Web sites

This is my Lone Man's Path CD cover

 The Lone Man's Path CD

This is a silly photo of me on the Stranraer ferry from Scotland

On the Stranraer ferry.

Who, What, Why, When, Where?

Welcome to the authorized Website of David James, performer, songwriter and teacher on the hammered dulcimer, fiddle and many other instruments.

NEW! Kids Fiddle! - fiddle site for little kids and little-kids-at-heart. I only have two tunes on it now but it's gonna grow.

Diary: The ongoing story of this web site, observations of all kinds mostly on musical subjects, life, teaching and personal appearances.

Tiompán is the Irish language word for hammered dulcimer. For me, using it implies respect for traditional style and the comradeship of the worldwide traditional music family.

What's here:

Everything underlined is a clickable link to another page.

BOOKING INFORMATION, biographies and photographs of David James, David James and Kim Hoffmann, songs I wrote, songs I sing, my own tune compositions, some of my favorite traditional tunes.

Workshops/ teaching handouts!

Through the years, I've developed some ideas and methods for teaching hammered dulcimer, fiddle, tin whistle, bodhrán, accompaniment, etc., into handouts. Watch this site for audio downloads for learning tunes and method.

First Five: (under construction) beginners tutorial covering every aspect I can think of to help you learn to read music and play your first five Irish tunes on the fiddle, tin whistle and hammered dulcimer.

Festival workshop hand-outs, start here.

Photograph Gallery, Recordings

Personal appearances, students, friends, mugging, weddings, wakes.

Recordings/ Availability


July 13, 2017 EVART TUNES

HERE is the song I sang at "Congressperson" Walorski's office this afternoon at an AHCA "die-in."

July 1, 2016 (I'm baaaack!) Rally at Honeywekk Corp. in South Bend for locked out workers. http://preview.tinyurl.com/zxq9kqg

September 26, 2014 Little video. The Guardian website featured a little video I made reciting "Solidarity Forever."

Jan 7, 2014 Lotta stuff happening. I'm going to start paying more attention to this site and put more music and writing, so I hope to reward frequent visits. Come back soon.

March 4, 2011 - new personal appearances, and a general plea to support progressive causes in the Midwest that are under ferocious assault by the right wing. Solidarity Forever!

Palm Putter my friend Richard Biggs has, maybe, revolutionized golf putting. He's also a top-class violin repair person and bow maker.

July 10, 2009 New duet and trio tunes for Evart Festival

November 20, 2008 updated the Personal Appearances page at last! Also some new entries in the Freedom Summer 08 resources page.

August 12, 2008 Here goes the new OLD TIME MUSIC PAGE with MP3s, resources, sheet music, links and soon many other things.

June 14, 2008: Thoughts on Indiana higher education tuition costs, etc. Caution: political

May 18, 2008, more stuff in the Freedom Summer '08 Resource Page

May 2, 2008 - Freedom Summer 08 page added. Resources, links, photos. More to come!

pdate, March 19, 2008
(Iraqi War Demo)

November 29, 2007, new personal appearances, including Irish Week at Augusta, new DJ photos.

February 9, 2007 - Update David James personal appearances, Add new feature: "Tunes To Learn" Sheet Music, chords and MP3s

June 2, 2006 - Update David James personal appearances

9_7_05 Go HERE for the Mandy Gallagher page

5/7/05 New folder containing my (and hopefully others in the future) academic papers and writings that might be of interest to Irish musicians and dulcimer players

3/4/05 New update at last! New Personal Appearances. I've Macromedia Dreamweaver and just barely beginning to learn how to use it, so the whole thing might be sloppy-looking for a while, but I promise new things and faster uploads!

7/19/04 All the rest of my Evart 2004 hand-outs including the Bodhrán hand-outs I didn’t have.

6/22/04 MP3 of Coilsfield House in 3 parts

5/24/04 Tunes for my Evart 2004 multi-part tune workshop

4/23/04, Big update, re-arranged things, new cover page, new tunes, personal appearances, etc.

11/3/03, New Personal Appearances, new Bodhrán hand-outs (two pages of beginning bodhrán riffs).

9/18/03, All my the handouts from the Clarion/Cook Forest 2003 Festival, new Personal Appearances

7/24/03, All my dulcimer hand-outs from the 7/03 Evart Fun Fest.

5/17/03, Up with a new Hosting Service‚ Globat check them out. They've been very helpful.

February 1 2003‚ Diary entry on the Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann.

December 30, 2002, Att. Dulcimer players: Slowed-down samples of Kitty's Rambles (jig) from The Lone Man's Path, click HERE.

September 24 2002, Just got back from Cork (Ireland) Dulcimer Fest. Photo Gallery

July 5, 2002, Announcing the release of my new CD: The Lone Man's Path. Here are transcriptions, MP3's, and album cover plus notes.


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