Monday, 29 January 2018

Corey Purcell and Genevieve Gillespie - Bouzouki and Fiddle

Some fine tune sets I found from these two great musicians on youtube. Corey is a dancer and accordion player who also plays cittern, guitar and bodhran. He also sings. He danced with supergroup Danu. He played with bands like Amárach and Poor Man's Gambit (together with Genevieve) and released a solo album called "Flying Solo". Check out his website to find out more.

Genevieve also played with "Burning Bridget Cleary".

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Irish Bouzouki Forum on Facebook

A bit late but...
There is a Forum for the Irish Bouzouki on Facebook. It's not open to everyone so you have to subscribe. You can find it here:

Many well known bouzouki players are on this forum and nearly every aspect of playing the zouk is dealt with. Feel free to ask any questions. Lots to learn.

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Daoiri Farrell - Farewell to the gold

Daoiri plays a song from the Four Winds album called Farewell to the Gold. If you don't know him already check out his two CDs!

His website:
Four Winds: 

Daoiri Farrell talks about his bouzouki and plays Pat Rainey

Daoiri Farrell, in my opinion the best new traditional Irish singer at the stringdom. He talks about his bouzouki and sings a song: Pat Rainey.

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Andy live 22.10.2008 Kuckucksei Nürtingen

Part 1

Erin Go Bragh
The Girl I left behind
The Close Shave
My Heart Tonight's in Ireland
You Rambling Boys of Pleasure
Arthur McBride
The Highwayman

Part 2

Never Tire Of The Road
Baneasa's Green glades
Time Will Cure Me
Mother Jones
The Wind Blows Over the Danube
The Blacksmith
West Coast Of Clare

Andy Irvine - Kirchheimbolanden, Germany 2004

This was the first concert from Andy I had the chance to film. At first I didn't dare to take out my camcorder, but during the break a friend of mine who knows Andy asked him for permission. He also asked him to play "Baneasa's Green Grass" for me. I was overwhelmed when Andy dedicated the song to me.
Although Andy played together with Rens van der Zalm I only filmed Andy, because I hoped to have the chance to figure out some bits of his playing. Well, more than 10 years passed and I am still struggling with it.

Somebody asked for "West Coast Of Clare" this evening. I think, Andy hadn't played this song for ages. He had some problems with his Bass Bouzouki. But the next shows I saw him this song was on his playlist.

So enjoy this video.

Andy Irvine - Live Sudhaus Tübingen, Germany, April 29. 2004

Another great concert I had the chance to put on video. This one is from a Tour Andy made with and Rens van der Zalm in 2004. Enjoy!


Only A Miner (Only Finale)
The Girl I left Behind
The Close Shave
Suleman Horo
Never Tire Of The Road
The Highwayman

My Heart's Tonight in Ireland
The Blacksmith
Baneasa's Green Glades
The Trip We Took Over The Mountain
Thousands Are Sailing
West Coast Of Clare

Rambling Boys Of Pleasure
Plains Of Kildare

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Andy Irvine - Live 2006 Kall-Steinfeld, Germany

This is a concert, Andy gave in Germany in October 2006. I drove nearly 4 hours to see him there. As the location is a bit hidden and with no Navigation System at that time I had lots of trouble to get there. When I finally arrived the concert had just begun. Luckily I found a free seat in the third row. More luckily the seat was on the left of the stage so I had a good angle for filming. You have a good view of his left hand.

I just came across this old video and thought it might be a good idea to share this one with you. So enjoy! Unfortunately I was too lazy to create a Tracklist. So feel free to post it in the comments ;-)

Chords in the Key of D and G

Bob Gooday has released two videos on youtube which deal with Chords in the key of D and G. If you are a beginner this could be really helpful. As these are beginner tutorials he does not all possibilities on the fretboard. So this can only be a starting point.

Basic Chords in D

These are the basic chords he uses in this video:

Chord symbols - low to high string. 0=open string, x=do not play

D5 x000 or 2000 or 7000
A5 2202 or 2200 (with a D drone)
G5 0555

D Major x400 or 7400
A Major 2242
G Major 0020 or 0520 or 0025

B Minor 4420
B5 4424

E Minor 0222
E5 x222

Basic chords in G

Here are the chord shapes he uses in this video:

Chord symbols - low to high string. 0=open string, x=do not play

G Major 0020 or 0520 or 0025
G5 0555

D5 x000 or 2000
D Major 7400
C Major 0232 or 5232

A Minor 2232
A5 2202

E Minor 0222
E5 x222

To give you a lot more information here are chord charts I made for the key of D. They are in useful combinations. So every line shows one possible chord combination. There are lot of 2-Finger chords which let the open A and D string ring to give a drone Sound which is so special to the bouzouki.

And here is my video which shows how these chords sound like.

Monday, 23 January 2017

Martin Guitar Bouzouki for sale!

A friend of mine likes to sell his Guitar Bouzouki. It's a real gem: A Martin Guitar transformed into a Bouzouki by Luthier Andreas "Pendennis" Koepke.

This is what Michael writes about his Zouk:

I´m selling my Guitar-Bouzouki. It is a rare, „one-off“ conversion of a beautiful CF.Martin SP000C16TR. It has a spruce top and rosewood back and sides. The guitar dates from 1997 (I bought it from new), the conversion was professionally made in 2012 by Andreas „Pendennis“ Köpke ( The original neck wasn´t removed, it was just made narrower.It comes with a new Hiscox case. I´m asking for €1900,- ovno.
You can contact Michael at michael.lempelius(at)

Here are some pictures:

Monday, 25 July 2016

Dónal Lunny, Craiceann Bodhrán Festival 2016

Here are some vids I found on youtube featuring Dónal Lunny on Bouzouki. Not many Videos on the net in such high quality.

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

More Maids

More Maids is a German Folk Group which plays Irish Folk for many years now.

Barbara Coerdt, Marion Fluck and Barbara Hintermeier are all well known musicians in the German Folk Scene. Until now they produced three CDs.

More information at:

Here is a video which contains two of the songs from their latest CD.

Here's another video from 2011

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Elmstein Summer School 2017 - Bouzouki Workshop with Tobias Kurig

This year Elmstein Summer School will take place from July 31 to August 6th. Look at all the workshops that will take place. And as a special guest Paddy Keenan will give a MasterClass for Uilleann Pipes and Whistle.

The teacher of Bouzouki Workshop is Tobias Kurig, like last year. So take the chance and subscribe here:

Tijn Berends Solo Gig @ Gluren Bij De Buren, Utrecht

Tijn is a multi-instrumentalist from the Netherlands. He plays with the band/Duo "Itchy Fingers". Don't confuse with the German Band of the same name.

I already postet some of his videos before. Here is a live gig filmed in a living room somewhere. Tijn plays Bouzouki, Guitar and sings. If you search for him on youtube you'll find lots more videos.

Here's another video from Tijn:

He writes about this tune:

Here's a tune I learned some time ago called "Escapade in A minor". I don't play it in A minor because of reasons. Suzanne created a really awesome bodhrán part to go with it and it sounded so cool that we decided to record it. So here you go!

The Mandolin and Bouzouki of Tim O'Brian

Many years ago Tim O'Brian produced a DVD with tutorials how to play some of his songs on Bouzouki and Mandolin. It's really worth having a look at it. So here it is on youtube.

Here's some info from his website:

Tim O'Brien's artistry is unique, crossing boundaries between bluegrass, old time, Irish, country and folk music styles. His heartfelt singing, instrumental virtuosity and profound songwriting have put him at the very pinnacle of today's acoustic performers.

Tim O'Brien's course will be a boon to mandolin and bouzouki (octave mandolin) players who want to improve their technique, develop ideas and learn new repertoire. Whether he's breaking down an Irish slip jig, an old time mountain ballad, a bluegrass tune or an original country/pop song, Tim brings his brilliant musicianship and formidable technique to bear, making these pieces fun and enlightening for learning players.

The tunes and techniques that Tim teaches can be played on either instrument. Switching between mandolin and bouzouki (they are tuned to the same notes one octave apart), he demonstrates right and left hand techniques and the advantages of each for soloing, song accompaniment and how to get the most out of their respective textures and tonalities.

Each song or instrumental that Tim teaches will bring you greater facility on your instrument. They include "Down in a Willow Garden," "The High Road," "Lay Down Your Weary Tune," "One Girl Cried," "More Love," "The Kid on the Mountain" and "Travelers."

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Hans Eckert Luthier, Mühltal, Germany near Frankfurt

Today I visited a Luthier near Frankfurt in Germany. Hans Eckert is a relatively new Luthier in Germany.

I first met him by chance at a session 2 years ago. I did not know he was a luthier, then. Just heard about his profession a few weeks ago. As he lives not too far from my hometown I thought it would be a good idea to visit him at his workshop.

We met at his workshop in a little town called Mühltal where he lives. He builds stringed instruments for some years now. In 2015 he regularly worked with Heiner Dreizehnter at his workshop in Allgäu, Germany. Heiner is a famous German Luthier who made Guitars and Bouzoukis for many famous musicians.

Now Hans has got his own workshop where he builds Guitars, Mandolins, Bouzoukis and Banjos. He also repairs all kinds of stringed instruments. I brought an old Böhm Waldzither and he will restore it for me. He also will do some repair work on my Dreizehnter Guitar Bouzouki.

We talked a lot about his efforts in building instruments, the difficulties to get good tone wood and building techniques. He has a good knowledge of building instruments and I really think about ordering a 10 string bouzouki from him.

After a long conversation about the restoration of my Waldzither we sat together and played some tunes on Mandolin and Bouzouki. I really enjoyed the afternoon with him and hope to see him soon at a session somewhere.

Here are some more photos from his workshop

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Michael Chapman and Rino Eriksen

Lovely playing here by Michael and Rino on Cittern and Flute. Old Maid of Galway and The Green Mountain. Hope you enjoy it.

Monday, 7 March 2016

Pat Kelly's Summer School 2016

This year will be another Pat Kelly Summer School in Elmstein in Germany. The website is newly designed, so have a look and find out all about the many courses that will take part. Booking is open for 3 weeks now but more than 100 people have signed already. So you can be sure there will be lots of music and craic all around the place.

This is the English version of the page:

Of course there's a workshop for Irish Bouzouki, too. Here's the link for information:

Tobias Kurig is a well known bouzouki player in Germany, and in Ireland, too. He plays with groups Nua, Blue and many other musicians.

Here are some videos featuring Tobias:

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Beginner Tutorial Position of the Left Hand Fingers

Duncan Ross Cameron shows some basics for playing the bouzouki in this video. A good starting point for beginners.

Irish Bouzouki Tutorial by Declan Plummer

Declan Plummer is a musical teacher of classical and irish music and an amateur website designer. You can find his website here:
There you'll find some lessons for the bouzouki, chord charts and handouts.

Here are two videos from his youtube channel:

Thursday, 9 July 2015

Pat Kelly's Irish Summer School

And again this year's summer school in Elmstein, Germany has a workshop for Irish Bouzouki as well as numerous other courses for instruments in Irish Music. It takes place from 2nd to 8th August 2015.

The tutor for the workshop for Irish Bouzouki will be Tobias Kurig, a well known Bouzouki player from Germany. He will be joined by Colman Conolly on pipes. The course is not fully booked yet, so come on and join the fun! And of course there will be concerts and sessions every evening!

Here's a video:

and another one:

and another one:

And finally a video from the teacher's concert 2014:

Have a look at:
for further details.

Wikibooks book about Irish Bouzouki in German

Some who calls himself silent green (Remember the movie?)
startet a wikibook about the Irish Bouzouki some time ago in German. I wonder who he can be. Do I know him?
Well, the last post dates about two years ago. Nevertheless there are some good hints to be found there. Maybe some other bouzouki players may contribute to this work? I wonder, how he made the chord charts etc.? What programs do you need to produce the pictures? If anyone can help, please comment.
Here's the link to the book:

Is there a project like this in Englisch existing, too?

Petimar Press Books for Mandolin and Fiddle

I just came across a website offering books for Fiddle and Mandolin on a shareware basis.
That is you can watch and use the books and if you find it useful contribute 10$ each to the owner. That's really fair. I think, one or two of the books might be of interest for players of the bouzouki, too. Especially the one dealing with double stop runs.
You can find this one here:

Here's also a video from the website:

Sunday, 26 April 2015

Andy Irvine at Mighty Fine Guitars

Andy Irvine at Mighty Fine Guitars, Lafayette, CA, September 2012.
A Vortex Production, filmed and edited by Jeff Peach. A full concert. Many thanks to "ThreeTime Through" who posted the videos.

Andy Irvine performing at a house concert in Chico at the home of Steve & Cathy O'Bryan

Fantastic Videoshots of Andy performing on a house concert. A must-see!