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Dem bones, dem bones

Postby Phil the Grips » Thu Aug 06, 2009 1:42 pm

A mate has offered to teach me the bones ( about as technical as it gets with my limited musical nous) so can anyone tell me their history?

I remember them being dubious an instrument for the Saxon era as they were used to ward folk away from lepers (or is that a reenactorimsm?).

So, anything else I ought to know or are they as universal in their appeal and presence as they seem suggest due to their simplicity and ease.

Are they possibly more common as a percussion than the ubiquitous bodhran that people seem to want to shoehorn into every time period?

All the stuff a cursory websearch brings up seems to be American-based faux-Irishness.


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Postby frances » Thu Nov 26, 2009 8:26 pm

Hi Phil,

I'm pretty sure that I have seen them played in medieval times in a stained glass window somewhere. Sorry, I did not take much notice at the time as I am doing pipe and tabor research and there is plenty enough to be learning and finding on that topic. Try googling British History Online music, bones.

Good Luck. I tried playing the bones, but you have to have pretty strong fingers to do it.



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Postby Phil the Grips » Thu Nov 26, 2009 10:49 pm

Ta. Years of mailmaking has left me with a grip that leaves fingerprints in doorknobs so I should be OK :)


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Postby John Waller » Fri Nov 27, 2009 11:03 am

Dunno about their early history but my grandad learned to play them (& spoons) in the trenches in WWI.


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Postby frances » Sat Nov 28, 2009 11:23 pm

Here is Poul Hoxbro being ambidextrous:

http://viewmorepics.myspace.com/index.c ... D=22933338



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Postby Eric the well read » Sun Nov 29, 2009 1:33 pm

frances wrote:Here is Poul Hoxbro being ambidextrous:


Everybody in chorus: - "I'D GIVE MY RIGHT ARM TO BE AMBIDEXTROUS!" :$
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