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.