Bones Discography


Bones Tutorial Videos

(See also Bones Tutorial Videos and Online Bones Tutorials)

How to Play the Bones (BOOKLET & CASSETTE/CD) by Sue Ellen Barber & Percy Danforth. The definitive method for learning the bones. 14pp., with cassette or CD.

Bodhran & Bones Tutor, Driver Nicholas, , Crawley (G.B.), Gremlin Musical Instruments Co., 1988, 26 p.


Recordings Entirely Dedicated to the Bones

Bare Bones, by Nicholas Driver and Friends. A sampling of of the sorts of English and Irish folk tunes that are typically accompanied by the bones.

Bones and Jazz by Spike "Bones Muhrer and Friends. A repertoire of bones-accompanied jazz pieces. The bones are recorded fairly soft in the mix, to encourage the listener to play along her/himself on the bones.


Other Recordings Where You Can Hear the Bones

THE GREATEST SONGSTERS featuring Mississippi John Hurt, Richard Brown, Hambone Willie Newbern and others, on CD.

RATTLEBONE & PLOUGHJACK, Molly and Border Morris, CD

HYMNODY OF EARTH, Dalglish, Malcolm. Early American and Shaker hymn suite composed by Dalglish and performed by the American Boychoir with Glen Velez, percussion; James Litton, conductor; and Dalglish, hammered dulcimer, bones and vocals.

THE CIVIL WAR BANJO -- MINSTREL FAVORITES, Flesher, Bob,"22 original minstrel songs of the period played in the authentic stroke style on two original Civil War period banjos with vocals, bones, fiddle, and tambourine"

BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAIN OLD-TIME BANJO, Howell, Roger, "banjo instrumentals with fiddle, guitar, bass, autoharp and ham-bone rhythms"!

MASTERS OF FRENCH CANADIAN MUCIS, Alfred Montmarquette. The Smithsonian Institution, Folkways Cassette Series: 00111

MINSTRELS OF GREAT RENOWN, The Amoskeag Players

YEAR OF THE FRENCH LABELS Claddagh Records, 1982 | CC36, Shanachie Records, 1989 | 79036. The Players: Paddy Moloney - uilleann pipes and tin whistle, SeŠn Keane - fiddle, Martin Fay - fiddle and bones, Derek Bell - harp and tiompŠn, Kevin Conneff - BodhrŠn and vocals, Matt Molloy - flute, & RT… Concert Orchestra - Conducted by Proinnsias ” Duinn and Ruari Somers - bagpipes. The Year of the French was a movie based on the book of the same name by Thomas Flanagan and the author of the book has written the liner notes for the album. In this movie the Chieftains even had a bit part playing themselves albeit thinly disguised as musicians. http://www.escape.ca/~skinner/chieftains/french.html

Archie Edwards. In 1989, Edwards recorded Blues and Bones for the Mapleshade label (56282), getting help from Mark Wenner on harmonica and Richard "Mr. Bones" Thomas on the bones. http://www.io.com/~tbone1/blues/bios/arched.html

Jay Ungar & Lynn Hardy with Sandy Davis on bones. http://www.rounder.com/rounder/catalog/bylabel/phil/1040/1040.html

Offerings from the Folk Arts Center's Little Shop of HorasLes …clusiers. French-Canadian dance music with others playing violin, guitar, piano, mandolin, bones, spoons and feet. Folk Arts Center of New England, 1950 Mass. Ave. Porter Square, Cambridge, MA 02140. http://fac@facone.org.