Outsiders might imagine that all Irish Music is played on a small group of fairly standard instruments, so may expect to only see it being played on the likes of Uilleann Pipes, Fiddles, Flutes, Whistles, Accordions, Concertinas, Banjos & Bodhrans.

However, especially during the past 40 years, more & more non traditional instruments have been creeping into the tradition, so now it's not unusual to see Guitars, Bouzoukis, Djembes, Mandolins, Hammered Dulcimers etc.

With this in mind, I'm wondering what more unusual instruments do members here use to play some of their Irish Music on?

To set the ball rolling, I'd just like to say that for Trad, I have used English Concertina, Hammered Dulcimer & Jews Harp, while for playing Ancient Irish Music, I have been known to use a Rebec, Memling Fiddle, Hurdy Gurdy & Nyckelharpa.

So what more unusual instruments do you use?

Here are a few examples!

English Concertina!

Hammered Dulcimer!

Harmonica!

Mandolin!

Nyckelharpa!

Hurdy Gurdy!

Jews Harp!

Cheers,

Dick

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Some of the other musicians at the local Irish sessions seem to think my Roland EP-90 Digital Piano is such an unusual instrument that it doesn't belong there.

 

Laurence

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