Two excerpts have been added to the African Blackwood Conservation page of Martin Doyle’s web site. In May of this year, Martin Doyle featured on a BBC Radio 4 program entitled Sounding Post which was produced by Nina Perry.
“Nina Perry takes a musical journey tracing the wood used in making musical instruments back to the forest, from an Irish flute maker and a Los Angeles-based guitarist to the Mpingo Conservation Project in Tanzania.” – BBC Radio 4.
Unfortunately Sounding Post is not currently available online ( since early 2015, it can be heard here: Sounding Post ). The two excerpts that have been added to Martin’s web site feature Martin talking about flute making and playing music on a ‘fresh off the lathe’ flute. The tune that Martin plays during the course of the interview is called Na Ceannabháin Bhána.
And on that note, here is a video clip that offers another version of Na Ceannabháin Bhána played by the late Kitty Hayes (concertina) and Clare piper Peter Laban (Uilleann pipes). Recorded in May 2008 at Miltown Malbay in County Clare, Kitty and Peter play two slip jigs actually – the afore mentioned Na Ceannabháin Bhána and also Hardiman the Fiddler. Enjoy…
Just to say the video clip embedded above has been re-uploaded to youtube with a slightly higher resolution and is now available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hej0hs0yHH8
Thanks for letting us know Peter – great clip, lovely music.
Enjoyed hearing these audio clips very much. I heard the original when it aired on BBC 4 (thanks to your notification on this Blog) and I am disappointed that Sounding Post can not be heard on the internet now. I hope the BBC archive it online eventually. I am an acoustic guitarist who has a keen interest in the tones of different woods. By the way, your flute playing was lovely and it’s great to see that YouTube clip.
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