Surfing Youtube I came across this video of Paul, Andy, and Donal. Great stuff and Paul on what looks like a Gibson A-2?
I didn't recognise the guitarist, the tune at the end is The Blarney Pilgrim.
2001 Paul Shippey oval hole
1917 Gibson A pumpkin top
1914 Vega Whyte Laydie style R tenor banjo
Eastman 615 mandolin
Eastman 615 mandola
2011 Weber Bitteroot A5
2012 Weber Bitteroot F5
Eastman MD 915V
That's Donal Lunny on guitar. I love this stuff, thanks for posting.
The guitarist is Donal Lunny. He usually plays irish bouzouki. Andy Irvine is doing counterpoint on the greek bouzouki. This is a great series of early videos made of them performing at the Embankment in London.
These are the guys that then and there planted the bouzouki (at the time there wasn't such a thing as "irish bouzouki") and mandolin, from nowhere, solidly in Irish folk music. Their influence can hardly be underestimated. Although several decennia after the birth of Rock&Roll and Jazz, they almost single-handedly created something that within two or three years was labeled as "traditional" rather than "eclectic" or "modern".
Hey, have we heard a story like that?
I wish John McGann was around to chime in (or correct me) with his signature tickling knowledgable wits, wisdom and stubborn views.
If you like the video posted, do find a copy of Andy Irvine and Paul Brady's self titled 1976 album. I think Rens van der Zalm (or one of his talented cousins Walter and Onno Kuipers) once said: "we played that record until we could hear the flipside sounding through".
"Player zero" of the bouzouki in Irish music is usually thought to be Johnny Moynihan of Sweeny's Men (who may have been introduced to it by British singer Anne Briggs). Alec Finn is another of the founding fathers so to speak. They were both in the seminal 70's band De Dannan.
Thanks Steve, I should not let my admiration for the Planxty guys get in the way of historical accuracy.