02 December 2012

Dobro and bodhrán

Thanks to Colin Henry, who sends this picture:

It shows myself and the indomitable Gino Lupari of Four Men and a Dog. We were playing a couple of jigs during an Oonagh Derby concert at the Island Civic Centre and it was a great privilege to play with one of the all-time greats of Irish music. Dobro and bodhrán is a combination you don't see too often, though the great Frankie Lane has been there long before me. It sounded great, and Gino even managed to make the dobro sound like an Irish instrument!

As Earl Scruggs observed about the banjo when he formed the Earl Scruggs Revue, the only limit to playing any instrument is the mind of the player. We might need to ask Gino if he agrees with that as far as the dobro is concerned!

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