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aussiebloke How many of us play in a traditional band. (102* d) RE: How many of us play in a tradional band. 14 Mar 01


I play with a 'rubbery band' (whoever turns up for our regular session at an Irish pub) and we call ourselves Murfi agus a cháirde - pronounced Murphy ar-gus a cord-ya - which, I am reliably informed translates to Murphy and Friends.

Ages range from early 20's to high 50's, between 6 or 8 of us we muster banjo, mandolins, mandola, transverse flute, oboe, fiddles, guitars, bandurria, squeezeboxes, whistles, Appalachian dulcimer, and one feller brings a pedal steel guitar that to me seems out of place and is starting to get on my nerves...

I play percussion - lagerphone, bodhrán, bones, spoons, shaky eggs, clap-sticks and stuff.

We play mostly Irish tunes - jigs, reels, polkas, hornpipes, and lotsa Aussie stuff - with its Irish musical roots. We sing lotsa Irish rebel tunes, and plenty of trad Aussie songs (sheep & shearers, cattle and drovers, sailors, ships and 'convict' transportation to Australia etc.)

You will find a collection of pictures and more info about the lagerphone on my web-site and papers by Bob Bolton and Peter Ellis here



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