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He lives in a wooden cottage under a large oak tree at the edge
of a forest on the island of Sealland in Denmark. His passions
include singing, playing music, giving workshops on bones and
bodhran, and teaching the fine art of calligraphy.
This is Yirdy Machar in a nutshell: Traditional Celtic musician,
award-winning bone player, international stage trouper...
Traditional Celtic Music and Beyond
Yirdy has performed with many bands in Denmark including Yirdy's
Pipes and Drums, Foxhunters, The McSherry's, McEwans Export, Folk
in a Rune, MacMortensens Trio, Paddy's Pint, Three's a Crowd,
and Buttons and Bones (a duo with accordion player Anders Trabjerg
which led to the formation of THE B BAND).
Besides MacBones and the B Band, Yirdy also plays with a new group
called BoneZone which he describes as "basically traditional
music, mostly Irish and Scottish, with a swing and a few added
flavours." He is also a passive member of The Heather Pipes
and Drums, of Copenhagen, with whom he has played side, tenor
and bass drums as well as serving as Drum Major.
While Yirdy's main love is bones, he also plays bodhran, spoons,
"a few tunes on the melodeon" (button-box accordion),
and tin whistle.
Yirdy visited the United States in 2002 where he won first place
in the National Traditional Country Music Association (NTCMA)
Bones and Spoons contest. It was here that Yirdy adopted the name
'MacBones' in homage to his late father, who was affectionately
known as 'Big Mac.'
Besides playing with various combinations of Scottish, Irish,
English, Danish, and Swedish musicians and folk groups around
Scandinavia, this well travelled Scottish-born multi-instrumentalist
has performed at myriad venues including pubs, clubs, concerts,
cabarets, old-time music halls, radio & television broadcasts,
variety shows, folk nights, and festivals around the world. A
consummate entertainer, Yirdy is equally at home in the roll of
master of ceremonies, stand-up comic, singer, musician, actor,
storyteller, or clown.
A veteran of the touring circuit, he has shared the stage as a
guest performer with notable musicians and groups including Eleanor
Shanlley, Phil Cunningham & Aly Bain, The Dubliners, Wolfstone,
Dervish, and most recently, Give Way.
Mac Bones and the B Band
This CD is definitely not for bones geeks only.
It's for anyone who loves down home traditional Celtic music that's
alive and free. This recording is the real deal. You'll even hear
a hearty dash of Scottish brogue.
'Mac Bones' is a delightful romp through a colorful meadow of jaunty
traditional jigs, reels, hornpipes, and songs rounded out with a
mazurka and waltz. The tunes are awash in Irish, Scottish, and Danish
influences that will keep your toes tapping long after the CD stops
playing. Bone players will find it impossible to listen to the 'B
Band' without rattlin' along while the CD is playing.
I've gotta tell you that I'm not a big fan of vocals in traditional
music. But this recording is a rare exception. Yirdy has an incredible
voice. He reminds me of a professor I had years ago whose voice
was so soothing we could listen to him talk all day long.
Yirdy also plays bodhran, spoons, shakers, snare drum and is backed
by a tight-knit trio including Anders Trabjerg on button accordion
and vocals; Bjarne G. Schmidt on banjo, bouzouki, jews harp, darbouka,
and vocals; and Malene D. Beck on electric piano and vocals. It's
anyone's guess who's doing the cool bird calls on track 16.
Oh, and by the way, Yirdy's bone playing ain't too shabby either.
Listen to this CD and you'll see why he was judged the 2002
World Spoons and Bones Champion.
This is a must have CD for every serious bone player.
So listen to the sample tracks at your own risk, as the music is
sure to charm you into buying this CD immediately.
Hear short audio samples:
(click "CD" at top of new browser window)
You can order a copy of this marvelous hard-to-find CD while you're
Visit Yirdy's personal Website: