Ciaran Kelly, Ciaran Curran and Dick Glasgow 2

Two reels from Quebec played by Ciaran Kelly (melodeon) Ciaran Curran (cittern) and Dick Glasgow (fiddle) in Old Pals Bar, Derrygonnelly.

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Comment by Dick Glasgow on December 27, 2011 at 10:23

N.B. ;-)

Tune 1 - Champ des bleuets (Blueberry field)

Tune 2 - Le voyageur (the traveller)

[ Thanks to HipCzeck ]

Comment by Dick Glasgow on July 25, 2011 at 9:24

That's OK Mats, I didn't write the note, I just copied & pasted from YouTube.

I notice that on his Altan Bio he now calls his instrument a Bouzouki see: Ciaran Curran

However, he always used to call it a Cittern see: Ciaran Curran

Also, on the LPs Within a Mile of Kilty & Dog Big, Dog Little, I note that he is credited with playing a Cittern & on the 1st, Noel O'Grady was on Bouzouki.

However, I believe this site explains why there is some confusion here.

It seems Stefan Sobell called his 8 String instruments Citterns, so of course that's why Ciaran called his a Cittern. Stefan Sobell

On this page, you'll see that Stefan Sobell talks about 8, 10 & 12 string Citterns, so it looks like the distinction between Bouzouki & Cittern isn't perhaps quite as clear cut as you might imagine Mats. Stefan Sobell

I note too that he talks about them as being just versions of the Octave Mandolin.

I suppose, as Stefan builds those instruments, he can call them what he wants. ;-)

The fact is, if you check out the history of this instrument, it originally had only 4 pairs of strings: Cittern

So I reckon Ciaran can call it what he wants, just so long as he doesn't call me .. early in the morning! ;-)


Comment by Mats Lindgren on July 24, 2011 at 22:33

Sorry but a "cittern" has 10 strings so Ciaran Curran

plays bouzoki (8 strings) as he used to play, oh´ by the

way, very nice set....

Comment by Lars 'Larry Mór' Mott on July 18, 2011 at 15:58
Awesome! : )
Comment by Ed Harris on July 18, 2011 at 3:38
Outstanding set! Really enjoyed this! I look forward to more!
Comment by Dick Glasgow on June 3, 2011 at 8:04

Well Simon, the Ciarans are life long friends & Fermanagh men while Ciaran Kelly & I play together in my local Ballycastle Session every Friday night, so when your asked to play on the TV, it helps if you know the other musicians. :-)



Comment by Simon Carson on June 2, 2011 at 17:27
Fabulous stuff - and you guys make it look so easy!

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