L.M. Kirwan, who has gone by Larry for years, was shocked to find out in the early 90s that he shared his name with another, better known musician, who is also an accomplished playwright, has quite a following and is now an XM/Sirius satellite radio show host to boot. So, as not to be confused with the other “Larry Kirwan,” this one goes professionally by “L.M. Kirwan.” You can still call him Larry, or “Lawr” (a family name, short for “Lawrence”), but you won’t find any Black 47 songs here.
Since the 1990s, Larry has played the hammered dulcimer, an old Appalachian Mountain instrument that has been enjoying a resurgence in popularity since the folk revival of the 1960s and 70s. It can be traced to other struck zither instruments around the world, from the Irish timpin to the Swiss hackbredt to the Hungarian cimbalom to the Persian santoor. In the US, it used to go by the nickname “Lumberjack’s Piano.
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