Show 085 – The Irish Bouzouki (2019-11-02)

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This week, it’s the Irish Bouzouki in all its many different styles. Katie and Joe explore the use of this uniquely Irish instrument which evolved from the Greek tetrachordo bouzouki. Irish musicians, Johnny Moynihan and Alec Finn, were on holiday in Greece when they experienced the Greek bouzouki and realized its potential in Irish music. After bringing a bouzouki back from their Aegean vacation, they passed it around at the local Irish sessions, where it rapidly caught on due to its jangly brightness and complexity in both accompaniment and melody.Joe and Katie play John Doyle, Steph Geremia, Len Graham, Altan, The Alt, Lindsay Straw, Oisin, Patrick Street, Drinkers Drouth, Eammon Coyne, Kornog, Planxty, Réalta, and Alec Finn.Our FairPlé score this week is a low 36.


# Track >Artist Release
1 Crooked Jack John Doyle Evening Comes Early
2 Come Up To The Room I Want Ye-Ebb Tide-Benbulben’s Shadow (Reels) Steph Geremia Up She Flew
3 ‘Cause He Was a Fool Len Graham I Will Sing You A Story
4 A Bhean Udai Thall Altan Altan’s Finest
5 Cha Tig Mòr mo Bhean Dhachaigh The Alt The Alt
6 Sweet Lovely Joan Lindsay Straw The Fairest Flower of Womankind
7 The Next Market Day Oisin The High Kings of Tara
8 Sweet Lisbweemore Patrick Street Cornerboys
9 Birnie Bouzle Drinkers Drouth A Tribute
10 Ash Plant: The Ash Plant-Kitty Gone A Milking-The Trap Room Eammon Coyne Through The Round Window
11 Sir Aldingar Kornog Ar Seizh Avel-On Seven Winds
12 Báneasá’s Green Glade-Mominsko Horo Planxty Cold Blow And The Rainy Night
13 The Star Above The Garter-Eibhlín Ní Riordáin’s (slides) Réalta Clear Skies
14 Fearghaill o Gara Alec Finn Irish Bouzouki Companion
15 The Gleanntán Reel/The Sandymount Reel/The Beauty Spot/The Ravelled Hank Of Yarn/The Midnight Reel Mícheál Ó Raghallaigh, Paul Doyle, Michelle O’Brien, Troy Bannon & Cyril O’Donoghue Geantraí