Sunday, 24 February 2019

Cyril O'Donoghue

Bouzouki player Cyril o'Donoghue from Doolin. He played with the band Providence. Are they still existing? I saw them more than 10 years ago live in Germany.

The first two videos must have been taken by a bouzouki player.

Cyril O'Donoghue, & Padraig O'Reilly performing at The Corofin Traditional Festival on March 5, 2016

The Foxy Devil

Lord Franklin

Tuesday, 12 February 2019

Finger gymnastics by Vincent Fogarty

Some days ago I got in contact with Vincent Fogarty, a bouzouki player from Tipperary, Ireland. Some yeas ago he recorded an album with a band called The Red Wellies. It can be found here:

or here:

or here:

At the bottom I will include some videos of the Red Wellies.

Vincent sent me some short video clips in which he shows some finger exercises. He kindly allowed me to post them here, too. Many thanks, Vincent!

He writes about these exercises:

These are exercises I did every day for about six months about 25 years ago. They are challenging but the results are well worth the work. The idea is to start slow and get the notes clear and in time. Keep your pick tight to the string don’t make your movements too big. This will do wonders for your pick and finger coordination. The exercises can be done as four finger three finger or two finger using any end of the fretboard as the start. Starting yesterday I’ve decided to do these again over the next few months. If you think they would be good to post then do so that’s fine by me. Good luck with them.

Clip No. 1

He writes about this clip:

In the first clip I have my capo at the 7th fret. I start with my pinky on the 15th fret of my highest string Start with a down stroke then an up stroke then down then up etc. alternating. Tab is. 15-14-13-12. When you get to fret 12 place your pinky finger on fret 14 then play from there in descending frets/notes. Tab 14-13-12-11 etc until you get to your capo. Then March your fingers back up the frets to 15. Then descend on the next highest string starting with your ring finger on the 14th fret. Pay attention to your picking here. Then descend on that string then the next string then the next string. Then you can start on the lower course and work your way high. 

Clip No. 2

He writes about this clip:

In this clip I play a four note exercise that moves vertically on the fretboard. When you get to the bottom series of 15-14-13-12 you put your pinky on fret 14 which moves your hand one fret then you descend vertically. When you get to the top 14-13-12-11 you place your pinky on the 13 fret and this moves your hand forward again etc.

Clip No. 3

This clip refers to video 2. Vincent writes about it:

This is what my right hand looks like. Start att of the exercises with a down stroke.

Clip No. 4

Vincent writes about this exercise:

This exercise is a linear moment that also descends and ascends.

Clip No. 5

Vincent writes about this exercise:

This exercise is good for developing finger strength and control of your pinky. It’s a two note run starting lower and ending at the fifteenth fret.

Clip No. 6

I did this as a three finger exercise. It also has a linear movement. I’ve also moved the capo to fret five so as to have more fretboard. As I move I also alternate fingers. Pointer finger ring finger pinky frets 689. Then I move too the next lowest string and use fingers pointer middle finger and pinky on frets 7810. I alternate this pattern as I descend and ascend.

Clip No. 7

Vincent writes:

Hi Frank the last clip is my right hand. I’m trying to show how tight I keep the pick to the strings.

The clips I sent will help with your speed but they are more so directed at pick/finger coordination.

The Red Wellies:

Here are some videos I found on youtube:

The Red Wellies play Dr. O'Neill's and Tom Billy's at a house concert in Atlanta:

Beanie Odell -Fiddle Duncan Wickel -Fiddle Vincent Fogarty -Bouzouki

Carter Center farmers market, freedom Parkway

A set of favorite reels:The Road to Garrison (composed by Maurice Lennon-also commonly known as The Godfather);House of Hammil (Ed Reavy);Hounds of Letterfrack (might really be Martin O'Connor's Clog)

Monday, 11 February 2019

Frank Harte/Donal Lunny - You Lovers All

An old recording from 2003 which shows fine singer Frank Harte together with Donal Lunny on Bouzouki. This is a lovely Irish/Canadian emigrant song which has been recorded several times, Goitse did it, and there's a fine version sung by "Open the door for three" and Mick Moloney, but I first heard it sung by Len Graham.

A woman sets off in to search for her lover. She has no idea where he might be found. But she knows he is in North America. And fortune is with her, she finds him in the first bar she enters.

Ye Lovers All
Ye lovers all both great and small
Who dwell in Ireland
Oh I pray you pay attention
Whilst I my pen command
It was my father’s anger
That drove my love away
But I still have hopes
We’ll meet again in North Americay
My love he was fair and handsome
And to him I gave my heart
Ah but little was our notion
That we would ever part
It was in my father’s garden
That this flower it did decay
But I still have hopes twill bloom again
In North Americay
Now I did not want for money
Kind fortune on me shone
So out of my father’s castle
I took five hundred pounds
It was in the town of Belfast
My passage I did pay
And then set sail across the sea
To far Americay
Now the captain’s wife was kind to me
As you may understand
And she kept me in her cabin
Until we reached dry land
It was in the town of Quebec
We landed on the quay
But I knew not where to seek my love
In all Americay
Now I being sick and sore and tired
Well I went into an inn
And it was there I found my William
The lad I loved within
He took me gently by the hand
And to me he did say
Oh I never thought I’d see your face
In North Americay
Now I hear this couple has got wed
As you may understand
And I hear they live quite happily
In a town they call St. Johns
And the money that she took from home
Well in gold she paid it down
And they think no more of Ireland
Nor Enniskillen town.
There you can find a lovely recording of Niamh Parsons together with Gerry O'Beirne on Guitar.
I tried to tab the intro Donal plays. Here it is, Capo 4th fret:

Here's the first verse, hope it is nearly correct. Unfortunately Tabledit recognizes chords not always correctly and I don't know how to change the names of chords:

Friday, 8 February 2019

Daoiri Farrell on RTE One

Daoiri played two songs from his new album on the Sean O'Rouke show on RTE One. Here's the deep link to the recording. Don't know how long it well be valid.

He sings two songs: Windmills and The Galway Shawl.

I tried to tab the intro to Galway Shawl. Here it is:

Thursday, 7 February 2019

Daoiri Farrell - Full Concert

Daoiri Farrell Trio at Shrewsbury Folk Festival 2018. What a great performance.

I tried to tab the intro to "Creggan White Hare", the opening song. Here it is:

If you need this as pdf or tabledit-file please let me know.

Tuesday, 5 February 2019

Daoiri Farrell & Zachary Scot Johnson - Bogie's Bonnie Belle

Here's a version of Bogie's Bonnie Belle. Daoiri just announced the release of his third album which will come out this month.

I tried to tab the intro Daoiri plays. Here it is:

If you need a pdf or tabledit file write comment or a mail. Also if you think there is a mistake somewhere.

Monday, 7 January 2019

Daoiri Farrell - 2 videos I took at a workshop weekend in Halle, Germany in 2011

I first met Daoiri in 2011 at a workshop weekend in Halle, Germany. This weekend was presented by the Halle Music School which was led at that time by Flute and Whistle player Alan Doherty.
In the first video Daoiri plays my Dreizehnter bouzouki. I asked him to play Paddy's green shamrock shore.

 The second video is a song I don't know the title of.

Sunday, 30 December 2018

Helen Flaherty, Philip Mansour Live in Elmstein

A concert I filmed at Naturfreundehaus Elmstein. Philip plays some Songs on his Stevens 10 String Bouzouki, but most songs on DADGAD Guitar.

Wednesday, 26 December 2018

Andy Irvine Live at Club Kuckucksei in Nürtingen

On Nov, 10th 2018 Andy played at Club Kuckucksei in Nürtingen. I'm not sure if it was the fourth of fifth time he played there. Another fantastic evening of great songs and stories. I posted my video to youtube and hope you will enjoy it.

Monday, 10 December 2018

Jig Rhythm lesson - Strumming Triplets

This one's for guitar, but as it is about right hand patterns it is useful for Zouk also. It is about strumming triplets in a Jig Rhythm. It takes some time to play it fluently, but it's worth the effort. By the way, Nye published a book about accompanying Irish Music. You can get it here:

Thursday, 8 November 2018

Atsushi Akazawa - Si-Folk

Interesting Zouk player from somewhere in Asia, maybe Japan. Couldn't find any information in English. Here he plays with Tessin Kanekonon Whistle

And here with Karen Ashbrook on Flute

An old recording of his group Si-Folk
Atsushi Akazawa ; Bouzouki
Toyoaki Haraguchi ; Uilleann Pipes
Fumio Yoshida ; B/C Accordion
Recorded live at the Sou-sei Hall in Tokushima 14 November 1997

Recorded live at the R's Art Court in Tokyo on 27 May 2000

Bouzouki Lesson by Bill Worsfold

Just found this on youtube. A short lesson, but Bill shows some chords and right hand techniques. Hopefully he continues with this series.

Monday, 20 August 2018

Lord Kitchener's Pipes - TAB for GDAD

Made from an ABC-File from
If you need the Tabledit-file just comment below.

Tripping Up The Stairs - TAB for GDAD

This is a tab for Tripping Up The Stairs made of an ABC-File from

If you need the tabledit-file just comment below.

My Darling Asleep - TAB for GDAD

I imported an abc-File from
into tabledit and this is the tab that came out. If you need the Tabledit-File just comment below or write an email.

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Tijn Berends - The Sauna, Inches from Dublin

Here's another fantastic video from Tijn. So much drive in the right hand. He writes about this:

Here's a nice set of reels, played on my trusty harmonica and my shiny new Joe Foley bouzouki. The first tune is one I wrote myself last week called "The Sauna", inspired by a gig I had to play in a hellishly hot tent. The second one is called "Inches from Dublin", originally from Padraig Rynne (or so I'm told) but I play the version by uillean piper Michael Boere.

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Darren Lynch - Bouzouki Lesson #3

Darren Lynch gives us another bouzouki lesson. In #3 he discusses G-Modal and explains some basic chords for accompaniment in G and Gminor.

Thursday, 10 May 2018

Jon Doran and Janice Burns

Just came across the website of Shippey Mandolins and found some videos of Jon Doran and Janice Burns. Jon came to the workshop to collect his new bouzouki. What a beauty and good looking instrument. Both played some songs and tunes.
website of Shippey Mandolins:
Link on mandolincafe:

Here are the videos:

Here are some more videos of the two I found on youtube:

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Drunk at night, dry in the morning

An arrangement for the tune Drunk at night, dry in the morning, written by Perthshire fiddler Neil Gow. You can find this tune in the book by Bob Gooday too, in another arrangement. The player names himself C W. You can find some other fine videos of his playing on his youtube channel:

Chord-melody playing for the Irish Bouzouki - Bob Gooday

Some time ago Bob Gooday published an ebook with the title Chord-melody playing for the Irish Bouzouki. It seems that I forgot to mention it here.

In this book he publishes arrangements for 8 Scottish and Irish Tunes for the Irish Bouzouki with Notation and Tab. You can buy it on Amazon for €2.99. That's a good price for value. Unfortunately there are no accompanying Audio Files or Midi Files, so you can't have a listen to what it should sound like. I asked Bob if he could record the tunes and put them on youtube, but it seems he does not have the time to do so.

Now I began to put the tab of one of the tunes (No 3: A Glass of Beer) into Tabledit so that I can listen to it.
If you are interested in the file send me an Email and I will send it to you as Tabledit or midi-file.
I will try to put the other tunes into Tabledit as well.

You can buy the book here:
or here:

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Irish Bouzouki Lesson 2

Darren Lynch gives us his second lesson for Irish Bouzouki. This time it's jig rhythm. Very useful!

Darren is a fantastic singer/Zouk player from Dublin. Look at his website here:

Just as a reminder, here is his first lesson:

And here he's singing a song:

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.