At 01:26 PM 9/5/98 +0200, Manfred Bartmann wrote:
>For me it is obvious that movement patterns of the right hand (= Lunny´s
>left hand) influence the sound a lot. Therefore I´d like to know if there
>are any Planxty/Bothy Band/De Dannan videos available. Any further
>exploration of the "hacksaw" and other styles should not only rely on audio
>recordings, I think. Any ideas ?
There are a couple of videos of the "Late Late Show," the "Tribute to Sharon
Shannon" and the "Best of...," which show Donal Lunnt playing with various
people. It's television, so don't expect pronlonged shots of Lunny playing.
I have seen Lunny play a few times with the Bothy Band and once with Liam
O'Flynn. What he means by the "hacksaw" approach was heavy strumming. As I
recall from the Bothy Band performances, he broke strings quite a bit and
even pulled his own hair which was quite long at the time and hanging in
front of the bouzouki on the side of the strumming hand. What's interesting
is he was strumming on all the strings and, while the counter melodies you
can hear clearly on the band's albums came out, they were kind of burried in
the sound of all the strings. I am guessing that he may not have been
actually strumming these when they were in the studio. Lunny's backing of
Liam O'Flynn was much more subdued, although he did combine strumming of
chords with picking of harmony lines. This is the kind of accompaniment he
did so well on Matt Molloy's first album.
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