Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Bouzouki Lessons at Irish Music School 2014

Looking for a piece of Ireland concerning music and craic in the Pfälzerwald within Germany? You are looking for the closeness to fantastic Irish traditional folk musicians, you want to learn from them and to do so you would even stay for a whole week with like-minded in a loose atmosphere of a remote guest house? This could be something for you!

You'll find courses for all the instruments used in Irish Music. Bouzouki (of course!), fiddle, flute, whistle, box, harp, bodhran, pipes, banjo and some more. Most of the teachers also offer individual lessons on an hour base in the afternoon.

The agenda for the week is now online. Look at:

More than 100 people have already enlisted. So this certainly will be a week of music and craic. And don't forget the concerts in the evening!

Monday, 7 April 2014

Crump Bouzouki for sale

Just found a nice bouzouki for sale, unfortunately I have not the money to buy it :-(
but maybe someone else is interested.

Handmade in 2005. I bought this second hand last year.
Instrument in perfect playing condition,
great intonation and tone.
Minor cosmetic issue is small pick scrapes on body at either end of the neck.
1-9/16" nut width, ~25-1/2" scale length
solid cedar top solid mahogany back and sides,
two-piece mahogany neck with center strip,
23-fret ebony fingerboard with fancy pearl and abalone inlays,
ebony bridge, maple-bound body,
abalone celtic knot rosette, cast brass tailpiece,
ebony headstock overlay with pearl and abalone celtic knot inlay,
gold Planet Waves tuners,
L.R. Baggs Dual Source pickup system installed
Included is custom heavy duty flight case.

He asks for 1.600€

 Here's a video:

The Fagans - The Long Run

The Fagans - James Fagan (vocals, bouzouki), Kate Fagan (guitar, vocals), Margaret Fagan (vocals) & Bob Fagan (guitar, vocals) - performing live at Humph Hall, Sydney, Australia in March 2011. It's a song written by John Schuman, who also wrote the song "The Diamantina Drover" which was covered by many Folk artists, such as Patrick Street. John Schuman recorded the song with his group Redgum.



Here' s a live version from Redgum recorded in 1984

And here's an acoustic version of "The Diamantina Drover" from Redgum. Unfortunately I can't find the original studio recording.

Nancy Kerr & James Fagan

I already posted some videos by Nancy and James, a fantastic Duo playing bouzouki and Fiddle.
You can find more information on their website at
it's currently under construction and leads to their Facebook profile.

This first song I first heard on the album "Broken Hearted I'll Wander" by Dolores Keane and John Faulkner. This is another fine version which shows them live at Shrewsbury Folk Festival in August 2010

Here's another video which shows Nancy Kerr and James Fagan live at Bath Folk Festival on August 17, 2013

Tyne of Harrow

I am a gallant highwayman; my name is Tyne of Harrow.
I come of poor but honest folk nigh to the hills of Yarrow.
'Twas for getting of a maid with child, to England I came over.
I left my parents and became a wild and daring rover.
And straight to London I did go where I became a soldier,
Resolved to fight Britannia's foes; no champion could be bolder.
They sailed me to a foreign land where the cannon loud did rattle.
And believe me, lads, I do not boast how I behaved in battle.
For many's the battle I was in, in Holland and French Flanders;
I always fought with a courage keen, led on by brave commanders.
But a cruel ensign called me out and I was flogged and carted;
Cruel the usage they gave me, and so I soon deserted.
And straight for England I set sail as fast as wind could heave me,
Resolved that of my liberty no man should e'er relieve me.
I slept by night in auburn fields, by all old friends forsaken,
And I dared not walk the roads by day for fear I should be taken.
But being of a courage keen and likewise able bodied,
Well, I robbed Lord Lowndes on the King's highway with my pistols heavy loaded.
I clapped my pistols to his breast which caused him for to quiver,
And five hundred pound in ready gold to me he did deliver.
With part of my new store of gold I bought a famous gelding
That could jump o'er a five-bar gate; I bought it from Ned Fielding.
Lord Arkinstone in his fine coach I robbed at Covent Garden,
And two hours later the same night I robbed the Earl of Warren.
And one night by Turnham Green I robbed a revenue collector,
And what I took form him I gave to a widow to protect her.
For I always robbed the rich and great, for to rob the poor I scorn-ed,
But now they leave me to my fate, in iron chains adorn-ed.
Yes, it's straight in Newgate I am bound and by the laws convicted.
For to hang on Tyburn tree's my fate, of which I'm much affrighted.
Farewell, my friends and countrymen and my native hills of Yarrow.
Kind providence will test the soul of Alan Tyne of Harrow.

Here are some more videos, all from Bath Folk Festival 2013:

And some videos from a performing at Humph Hall, Sydney, Australia in February 2013:

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Irish Bouzouki workshop in Elmstein, Germany

From August, 3rd until August 9th 2014 there will be a bouzouki workshop with Tobias Kurig, one of the best bouzouki players in Germany (Nua, Blue Project, Deirin De).

 If you are interested look at:
You can sign in directly on this website. You can expect a week filled with Irish music, concerts, lots of craig and beautiful people in a lovely venue and fantastic landscape. 

There will be courses for flute, fiddle, bodhran, harp, singing, whistle, guitar, accordion, ensemble etc, too, of course. So don't hesitate, bouzouki still needs 2 participants to be confirmed!

Wednesday, 12 February 2014


Just got her fantastic new album. Here's a little live set from a concert at the Old  Fruitmarket, Glasgow on Jan. 22nd 2014. Eamon is playing his guitar-bouzouki. Nice set.

Sunday, 2 February 2014

Autumn Child/Road to Lisdoonvarna/O'Keefe's Slide

Fine Set of tunes here. Tijn plays a Fylde long scale archtop zouk tuned Gdad.