Z for Zither
|Shirley Abicair playing her Zither.|
When I was little I clearly remember a rather talented lady called Shirley Abicair who played the Zither and sang lots of jolly songs on the TV.
She had a crystal clear voice and her Zither accom paniment was truly lovely.
She discovered the Zither at the back of a cupboard when she was quite small and virtually taught herself to play, She lived in Adelaide in Australia before she came over to the UK and presented some childrens' TV programmes.
The Zither and Shirley were made for each other.
|This is a concert Zither, it has a fret and not quite so basic as the one Shirley found in a cupboard many years ago.|
The Austrian Zither also known as a Landleute and was very popular in Austria and Bavaria. It was also a popular folk music instrument called a Volkzither, this was around the beginning of the 19th century.
|Austrian lady playing the concert zither.|
The highly acclaimed painter Franz vonDefregger (1835-1921). he is well known for his peasant genre and narrative painting..
|Austrian peasant playing the ZITHER .|
Best wishes to you all for 2017..... Happy New Year. Di, xxx