For the discussion and Appreciation of Celtic Folk Music

olly

Ad Honorem
Feb 2011
2,268
.
#23
The Bouzouki

Mention the word bouzouki, and people think either of Zorba the Greek or G.I. Joe’s favorite weapon. The cognoscenti might conjure images of smoky tavernas, free-flowing retsina, and crockery flung in abandon. Some Celtic music fans would associate the bouzouki with Irish jigs and reels, but few would link it with bluegrass and old-time hoe-downs, and virtually no one would make the leap to Swedish fiddle tunes, rock ’n’ roll, and jazz. But the bouzouki has found its place in all these musical styles, and it’s popping up more and more in the hands of guitarists.. source

Listen to Dominique play Celtic Bouzouki, ohh and i want one .

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nungkbYskpY"]YouTube - Celtic Bouzouki[/ame]

I play guitar GMC.
 

olly

Ad Honorem
Feb 2011
2,268
.
#24
The History of the Bodhrán



Roundstone Painted Bodhran


Much of the history of bodhráns is pure speculation. Some believe it has been in use for centuries in Ireland, brought to Eire by migrating Celts following one of two routes--from origins in Asia through Europe, or from origins in Africa via Spain.
Despite any lingering controversy surrounding its origins, how was the bodhran first used? Almost certainly not for any musical purpose, at least in its early days. Some theories hold that crude fife-and-bodhran corps accompanied military forces into fierce battles, providing stirring march music that motivated the troops. During harvest times, the bodhran likely saw considerable agricultural duty. A harvesting tool made of animal skin pulled over a wooden frame--called a "dalloch" by the Scots and a "dallan" by the Irish--was employed as a sifter for winnowing edible grains from chaff.
Another use for the bodhran was as a noisemaker during harvest festivals and rural mummers' plays. On St. Stephen's Day, when wren boys take to the streets to hunt the wren and collect money for village celebrations, they have traditionally beat on the bodhran or on slitted wooden discs called "sand riddles" (used by construction crews to sift rocks out of sand).
For centuries, the bodhran was an uncommon sight outside southwestern Ireland; in the 1960s, it was introduced to modern traditional music by Seán Ó Riada, credited by many as the father of the Irish music renaissance. Without much historical evidence behind his claims, Sean O Raida declared the bodhran to be the native drum of the Celts, with a musical history that predated Christianity. O Raida inserted arrangements for bodhran into the music for his group Ceoltóirí Chualann, which evolved later into the world-famous Chieftains. He also recruited a bodhran player, Ronnie McShane, into the group to play the bodhran parts. Davy Fallon (then in his seventies) and Peadar Mercier also rose to musical fame playing the bodhran on early recordings of the Chieftains.
In the decades since Sean O Raida first introduced the instrument, the bodhran has become a fixture in the Celtic music scene. It is the percussion instrument of first resort on Celtic recordings, and many virtuosos have achieved fame and a fan base beating on a bodhran, including Johnny 'Ringo' McDonagh, Tommy Hayes, Robin Morton, Christy Moore, John Joe Kelley, Frank Torpey, and Colm Murphy. The bodhran has become accepted as a true Irish traditional instrument, securing its place as a featured instrument in the annual All-Ireland Championships musicianship competition.
source
 

olly

Ad Honorem
Feb 2011
2,268
.
#25
Planxty
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJ0vRnwUfGQ&feature=related"]YouTube - The Jolly Beggar - Planxty 1980[/ame]
 
Feb 2011
411
under the bridge
#27
GarryOwen

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZTQ0C8dxx0&feature=related"]YouTube - GarryOwen - Original Lyrics - Regimental Marching Song (7th Cavalry)[/ame]

Mosin
 

Chookie

Ad Honorem
Nov 2007
7,628
Alba
#29
This thread is racially biased :crying:. Ireland isn't the only place that makes Celtic music. To remedy this, here are four from Scotland and one from Wales:-

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A5muVg_ZWek&feature=related"]YouTube - "Fear a' Bhàta" - CAPERCAILLIE[/ame]


[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DMyfl66C4yc&feature=related"]YouTube - Capercaillie - Ailein Duinn[/ame]


[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-DvvfNACsYc&feature=related"]YouTube - Capercaillie - Alasdair Mhic Cholla Ghasda[/ame]


[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TKX4m_l1_Qk"]YouTube - Cerys Matthews - Calon Lan[/ame]


[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rSKAnXB3ujY&playnext=1&list=PL4DF1D894F5E98AD8"]YouTube - Runrig - Alba (with Gaelic and English lyrics)[/ame]
 

Similar History Discussions