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The Ensemble Tympanon

Ensemble Tympanon performs dance music, songs and airs of the distant and recent past. The group explores various traditions in the Gallic realm from Flemish and Breton to Alsacien and Provencal with bagpipes, accordions, guitar, cittern, mandolin, hammered dulcimer, tabor pipe, and drum. Nicholas Blanton (hammer dulcimer/tabor pipe and drum), a native of Nashville, Tennessee, began playing the hammered dulcimer in 1977 and he has also mastered a variety of whistles, including recorders, tinwhistles and galoubet. Blanton also makes instruments: hammered dulcimers, bowed psalteries, cimbaloms, citterns, and Renaissance banjos. Blanton has also worked with mime troupes in Romania and puppet shows in Baltimore and is a member of the Compagnie Barbaroque of Grignan, which performs Baroque and new music in Grignan, France.

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