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: