Making the instruments used in Bush music back in the early times was easy and fun to do. Because the early settlers couldn’t get regular instruments they were creative in making their own from items found around the farm and the house. Bones, Bodhrans, bush bass, spoons and of course the lagerphone all found a place in Bush music alongside the more traditional fiddles, accordions, whistles, harmonicas, banjos and guitars.
Dobe Newton and Roger Corbett can conduct workshops in how to create the bush music instruments. It’s fun and gives kids a sense of the way things were done back in Colonial times.
There’s a degree of preparation required but it’s worth it to see the students making things that make a noise.
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