Saturday, 29 December 2007

Pettersson & Fredriksson

A song called Juli. Played by Pettersson (nyckelharpor)& Fredriksson (läpmandola) and Connan (bouzouki)

Black Velvet (Israel)

This is a fine set from Israelian Band Black Velvet called "The Titanic": a) An Irishman in Brittany (Eoghan O'Neill)
A Breton in Paris (Donal Lunny). From the Moving Hearts album The Storm.

Black Velvet is:
Shani Kombelis -- Flute
Michael Greilsammer -- Fiddle
Ehud Nathan -- Bouzouki
Itay Abramovitz -- Keyboards
Nitzan Shachar -- Bodhran, Percussion
John McSherry -- Pipes, Low Whistle

This is what they wrote:
In January 2005 Israeli band Black Velvet played several concerts with Irish uillean piper John McSherry as part of the Irish Music Festival in Tel Aviv. This special program was a tribute to the work and music of Donal Lunny, and included several pieces from various stages of his musical career, as well as some of the band's music.

Four Jigs and a slip jig:
The Lark in the morning (Trad.)
Earl the breakfast boiler (Donal Lunny)
In the mountains of Holland (Donal Lunny)
Oh hag! You've killed me (Trad.)
Lucky lucky day (Donal Lunny)

From the Moving Hearts album - The Storm
Lucky lucky day -- from Coolfin

Three reels:
Trim the Velvet
The Roscommon reel

The first and third reels were part of a set played by Matt Molloy and Donal Lunny in the 1981 album The Gathering. The second was suggested by John McSherry.

The Lowlands of Holland

You'll find some more videos at youtube. Have a look.

Wednesday, 26 December 2007

Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh

Found on youtube:
Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, well-known traditional singer and musician of Danu fame sings "An Spealadóir" (a West Kerry song) and together with Michelle Mulcahy onn accordion follows with two reels: "The Caucus" and "The Wind That Shakes The Barley". Accompaniment is by Billy Mc Glynn on guitar(it's a bouzouki, of course).

They were recorded at the Peig Ryan Tribute Concert held in June of 2007.

Monday, 24 December 2007

Aaron Jones in Germany 2008

Aaron Jones will be in Germany on tour in 2008. Here are the dates:

11.Apr.2008 20:00
Neue Schmiede Bielefeld
12.Apr.2008 20:00
Franziskaner-Kloster Saalfeld
13.Apr.2008 20:00
BÜZ Minden
16.Apr.2008 20:00
Pauluskirche Wuppertal
17.Apr.2008 20:00
Bürgerhaus Stuhr
18.Apr.2008 20:00
Weserrenaissance-Schloss Bevern
19.Apr.2008 20:00
KUZ Dieselstrasse Esslingen
22.Apr.2008 20:00
Prisma, im Bottich Pforzheim

You should go there. He's one of the best Zouk players. Watch his site:

Christmas time again

I wish everyone a merry christmas. Have a good time with your good friends and family. It's time to have a little holiday. I'll be back next year.

All the best


Wednesday, 19 December 2007

Thursday, 6 December 2007

Ana Alcaide

Live in Madrid, 28.11.2007. Here's a Polska. It sounds really medievial.

And here's Parte 2.Seguidilla

This is Junto con Carlos Beceiro y Dimitris Psonis

Wednesday, 5 December 2007

De Dannan - Reels

A couple of reels played live.
Frankie Gavin - Fiddle
Alec Finn - Bouzouki
Aidan Coffey - Accordion
Colm Murphy - Bodhran

David Gill

David plays a song by John Lennon called Oh my love. I never heard the original version, but it's a lovely song. He plays his bouzouki like a guitar. Nice work.

Here's another song called This Lullaby. It's a cover from QotSA (Who is this?)

Lark in the Morning/Paddy O'Rafferty

Lark in the morning and Paddy O'Rafferty played on bouzouki in ADAD tuning. Fine work.

Donal Lunny, Noel Hill, Liam O Maonlai & Hothouse Flowers

Cailleach an Airgid
Taken from Donal Lunny's "Sult - Spirit of the Music" TV series - recorded around 1996.

Wednesday, 28 November 2007

A link I always wanted to post but always forgot. Here you can find information on lots of tunes, find out the most recorded tunes, most cited albums, tune books and lots more. So many information, this site will catch your attention for a long time.

Irish Folk Weekend Bonn

I'm back from Irish folk weekend in Bonn. We all had a great time playing together. Thanks to Sabrina, Ekhart and all the others who made this weekend possible. This time we were 10 bouzouki players. We learned the tunes Far from home, Jim Donoghue's and the song Aragon Mill besides some techniques and Rhythms. On Friday evening there was a concert at Fiddlers Irish pub with Séan Reeves & FEW, who are Séan Reeves, Michael Lempelius and Jonathan Williams.
Here is some information about them:
It was a fantastic show that night.

Here are some pictures of that night:[albumUid]=17&cHash=a8046f588b

On Saturday there was a Session at Fiddlers:

Here are some photos:[albumUid]=18&cHash=80795b9f66

This time I did not capture the workshop tune. Sorry for that. Instead I post some videos from the bouzouki workshop by Michael Lempelius. First is a song called Aragon Mills:

I will post chords as PDF as soon as I finished them.

Next a Song by Richard Thompson called Beeswing:

More information about the weekend:

Friday, 16 November 2007


What's a bouzouki blog without Links to Luthiers. Nigel Foster has built the new Cittern for Aaron Jones.Here's a link to his site with some photos of this Zouk.
Here's the main link:

Thursday, 15 November 2007


Tejedor, a band from Asturies with a song called Xoto de Punta. Great video.

Wednesday, 14 November 2007


Berrogüetto is a folk group from Galicia. Lively modern folk with deep roots in celtic music.

Rosendo en Sabaxans



My friend Tom ( gave me the link to some Altan videos. The bouzouki player is Ciarán Curran.

The sunset

The boxty set

Is the big man within

Altan Bo Mhin Na toitean /Dark haired lass

Another video

Wednesday, 7 November 2007

How to convert a guitar into a bouzouki

This article might be useful for those who want to try out the bouzouki without spending too much money. Just take your old guitar and make some adjustments. Here's a tutorial with lots of photos. But don't blame me, if it does not work!

Another article on this item is to be found at:

Thursday, 1 November 2007

Ceilidh Soc - Tunes

Another site with lots of tunes. Search and download selected tunes as abc or pdf. Great service.

Monday, 29 October 2007

Michael McGoldrick, Donal Lunny & Bruce Molsky

Another video from the transatlantic session series. Fantastic tune.

Saturday, 27 October 2007

The Kitchen Musician

A great site with lots of songs and tunes. Best of all: The chords for accompanying are written down, too. Great site to learn some more tunes.

Guide to accompaniment for Irish traditional music

Some good tipps and advices for the accompaniment of trad Irish music to be found on this site. Just have a look at it:

Here you can find some tunes, some with mp3 to listen to:

David James is the 2002 All-Ireland Champion, the only American to win solo senior All-Ireland Championships in the Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann (Festival of Irish Traditional Music) on the hammered dulcimer. He received a Master Folk Fellowship award from the Indiana Arts Commission in 1990, and another Individual Artist Award in 2000. He has won many US Midwest Fleadh titles on the dulcimer, fiddle, in trio competitions, in traditional singing and newly composed song categories.

David has performed and conducted workshops from California (e.g., Lark In The Morning Music Celebration, Mendocino) to Maine (Song of the Sea, Bar Harbor). Recent standouts were the 2005 Goderich, Ontario, Gaelic Roots Week, 2005 St. Joseph County Firefly Festival, the 2004 Evart, MI Funfest (over 150 workshop attendees), 2002 Cork (Ireland) Dulcimer Festival, 2000 and 2001 Kentucky Music Weeks where he taught dulcimer and fiddle, and the 2001 Indianapolis Irish Festival where he and partner Kim Hoffmann demonstrated Irish music and song styles with over 300 children.

Irish Flute Tunes

I came across this site by accident. I was looking for the notation of Crowley's reel and found this great site. Lots of Flute tunes to be found here. Michael plays them on his flute, once slow and then faster. Great work, if you don't have a flute player just capture his playing and accompany him. Good for trying different backings. Sounds better than playing to midi flutes on my sequencer.

Saturday, 20 October 2007

Free Irish Music Downloads

Here's a website where you can get legal free music downloads of Celtic Music.

Camín de Cantares-Urria-5ºParte

What a great song. I don't understand the words, but I can feel it.

Saturday, 13 October 2007


Music theory isn't a simple thing. That's a field I'm always working on, so many things I don't understand. Here's a website that can help a lot.

The chordmaps you can find there are very interesting. Starting with simple chordmaps, until you find very complex ones. You can work on chord progressions, and suddenly you understand a lot more than before. How does a chordmap work? Just start your chord progression with Chord I. Then jump to any chord on the map and start your way back to chord I using the arrows. Try it out.

Monday, 8 October 2007

Kasir: Killavil jig - The Cicada - The Paper Bird

What a discovery. Kasir from Denmark play a lively mix of celtic music.


Oisín - Eckerman bodhrán
Rune - Borsini Accordion & Colin Goldie Overton whistles
Aske - Martin Guitar, Moon octave mandolin, Kasuga mandolin

Sunday, 7 October 2007

Joseph Sobol and David DiGiuseppe - cittern and accordion

East Tennessee State University professor Joseph Sobol on cittern and Chapel Hill, NC accordionist/multi-instrumentalist David DiGiuseppe playing a short jig. Great playing!

Fred Morrison, Michael McGoldrick and Donal Lunny

You gotta see this. Real fantastic playing. What a band!

Medley - Farewell to Uist, The Lochaber Badger, RIP the Badger:

Fred Morrison - whistle and pipes
Michael McGoldrick - whistle and pipes
Donal Lunny - bouzouki
Jerry Douglas - dobro

Julie Fowlis, Donal Lunny, Bruce Molsky - Transatlantic Sessions 3

Song is called: Òganaich Uir A Rinn M' Fhàgail
(Oh Noble Youth Who Has Left Me)

Julie Fowlis - vocals & whistle
Bruce Molsky - harmony vocals
Donal Lunny - bouzouki
Jerry Douglas - dobro
Aly Bain - fiddle
Michael McGoldrick - Whistle
Gerry O'Connor - Banjo

What a fine playing and singing. She's the best singer around.

Dolores Keane - Craigie Hill (1982)

Craigie Hill performed by Dolores Keane and Reel Union.

John faulkner - Bouzouki
Mairtin O'Connor - acordion
Sean Keane - flute
Eamonn Curran - whistle

Unfortunately you can't see too much of John's zouk playing. Nevertheless a real gem.

Saturday, 6 October 2007

Lord Franklin

A song about Admiral Sir John Franklin (April 15, 1786 – June 11, 1847) who was a British Royal Navy officer and Arctic explorer. He mapped almost two thirds of the northern coastline of North America. His last expedition disappeared while attempting to chart and navigate a section of the Northwest Passage in the Canadian Arctic. The entire crew perished from starvation and exposure after Franklin died and the expedition's icebound ships were abandoned in desperation.

I first heard this song from Pentangle long ago. Two years ago I bought a record from a group called Arcanadh. On this there is another great version of that song. Listen to it, if you get a chance.

The bouzouki I'm playing on this video is made by Stevens, Munich, Germany. I bought it secondhand some years ago. Look at:

Lyrics and Tab:

Tab made with Tabledit

Friday, 5 October 2007

Andy Irvine - The Ballad Of Tom Joad

performed at a Woody Guthrie tribute show in Whelans, Dublin - 3/10/07. Not high quality, but better than nothing.

The maid that sold her barley

There are many versions of that song, but I prefer the recording of the group Déanta. Whatever happened to these great musicians? PDF with lyrics and chords at:

The bouzouki I'm playing on this video is handmade by Heiner Dreizehnter, Leutkirch, Germany. If you are looking for a fine bouzouki get in contact with him. You won't be disappointed!

Thursday, 4 October 2007


Yoyotimmy brings us two instrumentals on his zouk. First Lark in the morning, a 4-part jig

Next Brian Boru's March

Lament on Con O'Leary's Wife's Death

Fine work, yoyotimmy, love this a lot!

Wednesday, 3 October 2007

Irish Bouzouki Group

If you are wanting to get in contact with other bouzouki players think about joining the newly founded Irish Bouzouki Group. This is a Yahoo group related to the Irish Bouzouki. Up to now there are 68 members. To join you have to be a yahoo member.

Sunday, 30 September 2007

Another Zoukfest 2007 Raffle Instrument - Melon

Roger Landes plays the Bill Bussmann Melon Octave Mandolin. You can buy tickets at There are only 100 tickets to be sold.

This is a really crazy bouzouki.

Sunday, 23 September 2007

Julie Fowlis w/ Jenna Reid & Donal Lunny

My favourite Singer Julie Fowlis in a new Transatlantic Session. You gotta see the fun they have playing that fantastic song.
Seo 'N Làimh Mo Rùin
(The drink would be in my Love's hand)

Transatlantic Sessions series 3 (2007)

bouzouki - Donal Lunny
dobro - Jerry Douglas
whistle - Michael McGoldrick
guitar - Russ Barenberg

Here's "The blackest crow"

2nd fiddle : Aly Bain
flute: Michael McGoldrick
guitar: Russ Barenberg
dobro: Jerry Douglas
bouzouki: Phil Cunningham
bass: Todd Parks
percussion: James Mackintosh
vocals: Julie Fowlis

Embedding is disabled, but I got it to work, anyway, so have fun!

Saturday, 22 September 2007

My YouTube Zouk Player

Three Drunken Maidens

I learned this song from an old Planxty recording. Thought I could play it, too. Here's a part of my version. I will publish the pdf with chords soon.

Tuesday, 18 September 2007

Time for a laugh

Here's a silly crazy hi speed version of Pink Floyd's Brain Damage played on Octave Mandolin. Not to be meant too serious, I think.

Here's Chocolate Jesus by Tom Waits

Kri - Du rosende morgon

Kri comes from Sweden and plays octave mandolin.

Here she plays an own song called "En Bergkristall". The title translates "A rock-crystal" and tells the story of a father urging his son to get an heir. But his wishes are not fulfilled as the son loves someone other than his wife, someone his father doesn't approve of. I like this one very much.

This own song means "You rosy morning".

Ragtime Bouzouki: Maple Leaf Rag

Maple Leaf Rag by Scott Joplin played on a zouk.

ZoukFest 2007 Raffle Bouzouki #4

Seems there is another Zoukfest Raffle. Here Roger Landes plays the G.D. Armstrong solid-body electric bouzouki. If you ever wanted to play your zouk like Hendrix never did, here you go.

Sunday, 16 September 2007

Tuesday, 4 September 2007


A celtic band from France:

Steve : flûte traversière irlandaise, whistle, bodhran
Niall : « bodhran » (percussion irlandaise) chant, guitare
Peter : chant, bouzouki, mandoline, guitare


Molly a Stor

Molly a Stor

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The international

The International

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The man of the house

The Man of the House

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Craig's Pipes

Cregg's Pipes

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Paul Skarantonakis Bouzouki Improvisation

Lovely improvisation over a drone. Paul comes from Hoboken, New Jersey. He's a world music composer and plays midi Sax and Flutes, too. You can look at his site at myspace:

bouzouki improv

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Wow, a girl from Anwerpen, Netherlands is playing the bouzouki. No more information available.

Bouzouki 2

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Me playing Bouzouki

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Alex is playing the bouzouki

No more information available.

alex bouzouki clip

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Matt Jago demonstrates the bouzouki

Matt Jago demonstrates the Bazouki or "Double Octave Mandolin" and performs canon in d among other things.

Bazouki demo canon Matt Jago

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Andy Irvine - Mother Jones at Roisin Dubh

This video has been shot at Roisin Dubh in Galway, it must be on one of his last tours. Great performance.

Andy Irvine

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The Celtic Lad

A nice video by this man. He is playing a really cheap bouzouki you can buy at ebay, but the sound is very nice. No more information available, yet.

Martin Wynne's:
Martin Wynne's on Bouzouki

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Miss Monaghan's Reel, John Brennan's Reel
Miss Monaghan's Reel; John Brennan's Reel (Bouzouki)

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The David Coe Set
The David Coe Set

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Killian's Fancy
Killian's Fancy

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A stunning live performance by this fine group.

Bracken Finally Falls!

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Here's the flying pig:

The Flying Pig Video

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Friday, 31 August 2007


A new video from DRD. Nor further information available. Bouzouki, Flute and Fiddle. Great video.

Salamanca reel por Xaiva, Noci band o como carallo se llamen

Salamanca reel is played here by some Musicians at the Festival de Peiteiros 2007. Very powerful.

Russ Rentler (aka Dobrodoc)

Russ is playing an original song on his zouk tuned GDAE. Like this one a lot.

Bach "Double" in B minor played on octave mandolin

What a curiosity: Bach played on Octave Mandolin. Well, it works. Look at this video from southcoastsounds.

Tuesday, 14 August 2007

Mandola playing on youtube

Here's a solo on mandola, the tune is Cunla, known by Planxty and others:

Here's a real nice tune called Rochdale Coconut Dance

I really love this one, well made boys!

Some tunes played by fiddle and bouzouki on youtube

Here are some tunes I found on youtube:

First two reels in E minor and one in D:

Then two reels: eileen curen's and another

Here comes a jig:

the wild swans at coole

some g minor "version"

Tuesday, 7 August 2007

Kasir - Killavil jig /The Cicada / The Paper Bird

The group Kasir live from "Det Bruunske Pakhus", Denmark,2006. Fine playing. You can see an octave mandolin made by Jimmy Moon.

Wednesday, 1 August 2007

Old blind dogs

One of the finest Scottish folk bands around.

this is a video from 1998 at lowender peran.

No zouk, on this one, but nevertheless fantastic. On this video you can see Jonny Hardie, the song is the Barnyards of Delgathy.

This must be a new one featuring Aaron Jones on Cittern. Very short extract only.

Josep Maria Ribelles & Carlos Beceiro

Cittern and Harp together playing some tunes from Catalonia.

Tuesday, 31 July 2007


On their site on myspace they discribe their music as "Songs to commit suicide by".

Uneasy Chair live at Cincinnaty ODDitorium:

Glory Bound:

Merciless Night:


Blarney Pilgrim /Morrisons'

Kougata has published this video on youtube. It seems he is a multi-instrumentalist, as he has posted 5 videos with different instruments.

Randy Clepper at Evart Funfest 2007

Randy is playing the the tunes: Martin Wynne's number two and number one. He plays a Sobell 10 string cittern:

Here are some close shots:

Wednesday, 25 July 2007

Fling, Irish folk out of the Netherlands

Here's a great folk band from Netherland. They have got three Bouzoukis made by Heiner Dreizehnter. On their website you can download some sound snippets from their albums. Give 'em a try.

Thursday, 19 July 2007

BZH-Musique de Bretagne

I always loved the music of Britany. Now I discovered this group. I only listened to the few songs on their website, but I love them a lot. The website is in french, so I don't understand every word. Founded in 1992 they are now 5 musicians. The bouzouki player is Bruno Dervissoglou. They don't tour that much, so it won't be easy to see them live.

Have a listen to their songs at:

Monday, 16 July 2007

West Coast Of Clare

This is my first own video I post to youtube. I'm playing my old Stevens Bouzouki here, trying to play the intro of West coast of Clare, one of the best songs by Andy Irvine. This is nearly the arragement he once played live on his bass bouzouki. I restringed my zouk for this to achieve that bass bouzouki sound.

You need the tab for this intro? Get it here, I made it with Tabledit

Tuesday, 10 July 2007

Taylor's traditional tunebook

A collection of over 500 traditional tunes. You can select in the upper right of the page.Scottish, Irish, English, Welsh tunes and more.
You'll find lots of songs, too at:


A collection of celtic tunes as abc-files. The key they are in is mentioned there. Can help you sometimes. You can even transpose the tunes if you want to.

Mick's virtual whistle

You want to play with a flute player, but there's no one around you? Listen to Mick play on his website or download some of his tunes and play along with him.

O'Reagan's Tunebook

Another great tunebook, well more than one, indeed. PDF and abc files. You'll find there airs, barndances, bourrees, gavottes, hornpipes, jigs, marches, planxties, polkas, reels and lots more.Have a look at:

O'Neill's The Music of Ireland

PDF scored and midis of lots of Irish tunes. If you are looking for new tunes to play try this one. More than 1000 pages packed with tunes.I don't know if the picture is the one corresponding with the book.

Michael Eskin - Blarney Stone Pub Session Tunebook

Michael Eskin is a talented musician who plays lots of instruments like flute, Uilleann pipes and concertina. I havn't heard any recordings up to now. The reason I add a link to him is because he collected lots of tunes and he offers a tunebook as a pdf file.

Here's the pdf:

Here's his website:

Monday, 9 July 2007

Two of my zouk heroes together

On this photo you can see Beth Patterson together with Aaron Jones at Dublin Irish Fest 2006. I wish I was there. Lots more photos at:

Has anyone made videos at this Folk Fest? Please let me know.

Octave Mandolin

This video has been published in March. Mandolinman plays on his new Octave Mandolin tuned GDGD. Nice playing.

Sunday, 8 July 2007

Danu - Are you ready yet?

A great live track by lively band Danu. I think ist's from their DVD.

Are you ready yet?

Kerry Tunes

Saturday, 7 July 2007

Beth Patterson - New Video

Crazy video featuring Beth as an bouzouki playing elve. She appears after a minute! Song is called "Early Grace" from her lates album "Caught in the act" which is a live album mostly played by herself solo accompanied on bouzouki. You gotta check it out at

Friday, 6 July 2007

Andy Irvine-Songbook reissue out now!

Arild has informed me about the reissue of the Andy Irvine Songbook. Information to be found at:
It's not only a reissue. There are several new songs in it. I will order it today and hope to get it next week.

Well now that I got it I have to correct, there is only one new song in it: My heart tonight's in Ireland. So if you already own the old one you don't need necessarily buy this new one. It's a lot of money for one song.

A review of the original book is to be found at Kieron's website (I did steal the photo from his website):

Sunday, 1 July 2007

Kate Rusby

Some say she's the queen of folk. Well, she has a beautiful voice. And sometimes she is accompanied by a zouk player.
Good Man

Saturday, 30 June 2007


I don't know, why I did not recognize these two musicians before. You gotta watch them play, just Bouzouki (or is it a Mandola?) and Accordion.

Cooley's Reel

Egan's Polka / Britches

Stoney Steps

Beth Patterson - Live excerpts

Here's a short video of live excerpts from Beth. A short glimpse of her great bouzouki playing. I hope this guy who shot it will post more of this.

Wednesday, 27 June 2007

Camín de Cantares-Ambás-3ºParte

Another great video from Spanish musicians called Tuenda. The tune is called Danza "Al Ilau del molin". I don't know much about them, but they're really good.

Tuesday, 26 June 2007

I just read about that tragic car crash in which two members of Asturian band Felpeyu have been killed. The band were involved in an accident on the way to a concert. The rest of the band survived with only minor injuries, but bouzouki player Ígor Medio and guitarist, bassist and vocalist Carlos Redondo were tragically killed.

I just discovered this fantastic musicians. It's a sad day for celtic music.

Here's a fantastic video of a workshop in Polonia: “Workshop” de Felpeyu en Polonia. (2004) featuring Igor Medio -vocalist and bouzouki and Carlos Redondo - vocalist and a guitar player and many more musicians.

Felpeyu website:

Here's video of group Tejedor of a hommage concert for Igor and Carlos

Monday, 25 June 2007

N'Alcordanza: Gatos del Fornu - Tierra

Los Gatos del Fornu live in the Memorial concert for Igor Medio and Carlos Redondo from Asturian band Felpeyu. There are so many bands in northern Spain playing celtic music. Me, I don't like that bagpipe thing so much, but when there are vocals I love this music.

Sunday, 24 June 2007

Andy Irvine - Never Tire Of The Road

Yes, it's Andy again. A great live version of Never tire of the road. He's my Zouk hero.

Sunday, 17 June 2007

Camín de Cantares-Pendueles-6ºParte

Sanyallana has posted another video by these great musicians on youtube:

Friday, 15 June 2007


Who is this musician? Just found his videos on youtube and they're fantastic. Fine singing and playing. You should have a look. I someone has got more info on him, please leave a comment.

The Goblins Riddle:

The Astrologer:

Paddy O'Brians/Bill Harts;


The Twa Corbies:

Tuppence on the rope:

Rattling Roaring Willie:

Wednesday, 13 June 2007

Avanti Dilettanti Speyer

Historic German Music played on Bouzouki and Recorder

Tuesday, 12 June 2007


NAHEBA is a folk music group from Cantabria (North Spain), whose work is based mainly in the composition and arrangements of Cantabria traditional music. Naheba sound is mainly acoustic,based in instruments like fiddle,flute,bagpipe,acoustic guitar,bouzouki and percussion. Our most important influences are acoustic groups like The Tannahill Weavers, LLan de Cubel, Corquieu, The Bothy Band; and irish,scottish and cantabrian music in general. The group was established by the end of 2003,when Javi,Sergio and Rafa,all of them well known folk and celtic musicians,joined together to play some of the arrangements of cantabrian tunes Javi had written.A few months later,Jose (Cambera'l Cierzu) and Esteban joined the group,but this last one left a year later due to personal reasons. Another Javi (L'Arca de Sueños) substituted him, and brought with him a personal and sparkling fiddle playing and a big amount of Campoo tunes. In March 2006 that line-up performed their first concert in Sala Eventos (Santander)

Band members:
Javi García: Bouzouki, flauta travesera de madera. Rafa Ibáñez: Guitarra acústica. Javi “el Niñu”: Violín, voz. Sergio Sordo: Gaita, Whistles. Jose Luís Rodríguez “Puma”: Bodhram, voz.

Look at:

Gänn Duúls

Wow, so many treasures to be found on youtube. Here's their site at myspace:

Cahórnega "Entre el Ebro y Peñavieja"

Great powerful band. You can find more information at:

Corquieu - Eita

High speed rhythm here from Corquieu. Asturian folk at it's best. (Thanks, Antemil, for your comment)

Camín de Cantares-Trabáu-5ºParte

I like this video a lot. Sounds a bit medeavial to me. Fantastic flute and zouk with 4 female vocalists and percussionists.

And here's two more:

Saturday, 9 June 2007

Back from holidays

No, this blog is not dead! I just spent 2 lovely weeks in France. Now, back on the spot I will go on searching the web for interesting bouzouki affairs.

So welcome back and have a look.

Thursday, 24 May 2007

JC's ABC Tune Finder

Design: Thierry Chabanis

You are looking for the melody of a certain tune? Here's a great finder. Just type in the name of the tune and you'll find the abc-file.

Often there are gif files with notation and midi files available, too.

Tuesday, 22 May 2007

Christy Moore, Declan Sinnot, Donal Lunny

Bad video quality and sound and movie are not in sync. But a great song. You don't see much of Donal. Just sit back and listen.

Monday, 21 May 2007

Sofia Karlsson

Sofia Karlsson is a Swedish singer, bouzouki and wooden flute player. In her homeland she is well known.

Listen to her new single at:

Her website:


I haven't got this book yet, but I think I will buy it soon. Does anyone has got it? What do you think about it? Please leave a comment.

You can buy it at:

or here:

Plan for building bouzouki

If you are looking for a plan to build a bouzouki this could be of interest:

Here's an article on building a bouzouki from McDonald Strings:

Musichord 3.0 - Chords for Bouzouki

If you are looking for a program which is able to show chords and much more have a look at this:

Here's what they say on the website:

If you have a mandolin, cittern or bouzouki and are looking for a chord reference for its specific tunings, we believe that Musicord 3.0 is very much the right place to look. Musicord 3.0 will handle string instruments of 4, 5 or 6 "courses" of strings. By "course" we mean sets of either one string, a string pair, or a string triplet. The actual image shows the "courses" (fingering positions) and not all of the strings for multi-string instruments as mandolins, bouzoukis and citterns. So an 8 string mandolin or an 8 string bouzouki will each be displayed as a 4 string instrument. A ten string cittern will be displayed as a five string instrument.

Both right hand viewing and left hand viewing is available. Also "capo" or bar fingering down the neck or fretboard of the instrument. Many presets are available for what we understand may be the more common tuning for mandolins, bouzoukis and citterns. If none of these preset string tunings work for you, Musicord also allows setting up a custom string tuning - and even the save of a set of custom tuned stringed instruments to be used later.

Unfortionally this programm isn't available for MAC-users. So I did not test it. If you have got any experience with this program please leave a comment.

Sunday, 20 May 2007

Stephen Doherty & Zac Leger

A set of two tunes. The first one is left unknown, the second one is called "The Mother Reel".

Zac Leger comes from San Diege, Ca. He now is living in in Columbus, Ohio. He has got a homepage at myspace:
Listen to the music samples there.

Stephen Doherty's page at myspace:

Saturday, 12 May 2007

Igor Medio y Lisardo Prieto

So many good musicians to be found on youtube. This is a Live video of the press presentation of the first album of DUAL, duo formed by Igor Medio and Lisardo Prieto. The title of the song is Ribeseya, with letter of asturian poet Pin de Pria.

On this video they play together with Florentina and Tuenda

Fred Morrison & Steve Byrne

Pipes and bouzouki. A nice pair.

DRD - Ende

I don't know anything about this group.

Another Video, the song "Poro":


Lovely Asturian folk. I love this rhythm.

Cormac Breatnach & Deiseal

Cormac Breatnach is one of my favourite low flute players. Here he plays together with the band Deiseal. Zouk Player is Niall Ó Callanain, Paul Ó Driscoll on Bass.

On this video Special Guest: Michael Mc Goldrick

Wednesday, 9 May 2007

Mandolin Tablature

Ok, this one is not really bouzouki-ish, but if you play GDAE you can use it as it is. Nigel Gatherer's Traditional Music Pages is a fine site containing lots of tunes for Mandolin, Whistle or mixed instruments. You'll find Scottish and Irish tunes there in ABC and Mandolin tab. If you play GDAD like me you have to work a little bit on the tunes. But nevertheless this one's a good plays for finding good tunes. Look at this great website and decide for yourself.

Tuesday, 8 May 2007

Irish Music Weekend, Bonn, Germany

The Irish Music Weekend held last weekend was a big success. More than 60 musicians came together to work in different workshops.

The following workshops were held:
Gitarre: Ekhart Topp
Flute: Regina Elling
Fiddle: Sabrina Palm
Bodhrán: Andreas Schneider + Ralf Siepmann
Irish Bouzouk: Michael "Lemmi" Lempelius

At the end all musicians played together. The tune is called "the holly bush"

Beth Patterson - Once Again

Beth is one of my favourite Bouzouki players. I'd love to see her live, but she mostly tours the US. Here's the song Exodus with her band Kalafka.

Humberto Carás - A Olvidarte

I just found this video on youtube. Don't know anything about the two musicians but I like this song.

Strange Bouzouki - Night Rider

Look at this weird improvisation on the night rider TV theme.

Wednesday, 25 April 2007

Andy Irvine Mick Hanly 1979

Andy & Mick are playing "You rambling boys of pleasure".

Have a look at the other videos from bilko> you'll find great stuff there!

Sunday, 22 April 2007

Planxty with two Bouzoukis

Brand new posted video on youtube. Andy and Donal on bouzouki!

Monday, 16 April 2007

Aaron Jones & Claire Mann

Aaron Jones is a well known Scottish cittern player. In 2005 he was nominated Instrumentalist of the year at the Scots Trad Music Awards. He most often uses DADAD tuning. He says: I'm a simple man, I use a simple tuning! In workshops he teaches GDAD as well.
On this video he performs the song William Taylor together with his friend Claire Mann on fiddle.

Aaron is also the man behing

Wednesday, 11 April 2007


Cantaria is a library of "bardic" folk songs, mostly from Ireland, Scotland and England. If you want to learn new songs, this is a good starting place. You'll find the words of the songs together with mp3 audio files of most of the songs. The singers feature Andy Irvine, Andy M. Steward, Brian Hart, Jim Brannigan and lots more. If you don't know it already give it a try.

Tuesday, 10 April 2007

Farewell to Erin

I wanted to post this video for a long time but actually did forget it. This well known reel is played by Miguel on fiddle. The bouzouki player's name is Pachu.

If I'm correct he is bouzouki player of Asturian band Brenga Astur. Their website in English:

Just jamming

Great bouzouki playing by an unknown player (to me).

and another one:

Jean-Michel Veillon/Jamie McMenemy

I posted a video by Jamie McMenemy before. Here the bouzouki player of Kornog plays together with flute player Jean-Michel Veillon. Thanks to woodenplayer for posting the videos to youtube.

1. Cruel Brothers

2. instrumental tune

Sunday, 8 April 2007

Paul Brady - Wearin' The Britches

Paul Brady is playing a greek Bouzouki on this video.

Saturday, 7 April 2007

Zookman - Comics

Zookman Comics is a series of comics starring Finn, the Zouk player. You gotta watch episode 6 starring Andy Irvine.

Grupo Ríméad de Polonia

A group from Polonia playing celtic music. Sounds good to me.

De Dannan - Reels

De Dannan plays a couple of reels on this video. Alec Finn on Bouzouki,

Gueta Na Fonte

I just discovered this group and am curious to listen to more songs of them.

Gueta na Fonte is a seven-piece band from Asturia, Spain. However, flute, gaita and fiddle don't play Asturian folk music, but Astur-Gaelic music with a strong Atlantic and Neoromantic flavour. It is artful folk music, a soundtrack that evokes scenes and landscapes though it takes the listener to tune types such as muneiras, jotas and pasacalles. Eventually, Gueta Na Fonte plays symphonic Asturian folk music, and does to traditional music what progressive rock groups like Genesis did for pop music.