John Stenson’s #2 – A great tune for dulcimer and mandolin – Aaron O’Rourke Trio

One of the tunes in the long list of songs that I have downloaded from David Grismans Acoustic Oasis is John Stenson’s #2 played by the Aaron O’Rourke Trio.

Today I have listened to videos with this tune. I was lucky to find the following video with the Aaron O’Rourke Trio – played on mountain dulcimer, mandolin and bass:

John Stenson’s #2

Aaron O’Rourke Trio with Mickey Abraham and Mike Snelling
Killer mountain dulcimer, mandolin, & bass.
Progressive acoustic old time.

This tune is often played on a Appalachian (or mountain) dulcimer, but also on the hammered dulcimer as in the following video:

John Stenson’s #2 and Hangman’s Reel – Rockford, MI Concert

Rick Thum does a couple of his favorite tunes at the concert in Rockford, MI, November 2009. Ken Kaiser backed him up on guitar.

I have compiled the following playlist with many more videos of this tune, played on different instruments, solo or with a band, with mandolin and dulcimer, clawhammer banjo, or with fiddle and Irish bouzouki:

Playlist John Stensons

Sheet music:

You can find versions of John Stenson’s #2 on the following pages:


Flatpicking Workshop:

The Session:

ABC notation:

Additional Information

Homepage Aaron O’Rourke – Mountain Dulcimer:

Acoustic Oasis  – daily free download of on song:

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