Bones Videography

Bones Tutorial Videos
(See also Bones Tutorial Recordings and Online Bones Tutorials)
For reviews of these videos, taken from The Rhythm Bones Player, click here.

Danforth, Percy. How to Play the Bones with Percy Danforth. Review

Edmunds, Fred. Bones Unlimited . Book and Video (or set of 4 short videos). Review

Hayes, Tommy. Bodhran, Bones, & Spoons. Easygoing but intensive instruction from one of Ireland's greatest bodhran players. Hand triplets, syncopation, two handed playing, the Hayes style, much much more. Also covers spoons and bones very thoroughly. Complete with live stage performances. 105 min.

Holt, David. Folk Rhythms: Learn to Play Spoons, Bones, Washboard, Ham-Bone, and the Paper Bag. Teaches anyone to make complex rhythms using the simplest materials, some right out of the kitchen drawer! No music lessons, note-reading or expensive instruments are needed to join the fun. Review

Mercier, Mel. Irish Bodhran and Bones. Teaches the essential techniques, strokes, and rhythmic patterns for the bodhran & bones including the "roll" stroke, major dance forms including jigs and reels, tonal variation, and more. With Seamus Egan on flute. Includes 20 page book. 70 min. Review

Patton, Barry. Get Started Playing the Bones with Barry's Instructional Video. Describing the fundamentals of the Bones for beginner and novice bone players. Review

Plunkett, Aaron. Bones from the Beginning."BONES FROM THE BEGINNING". PLUNKETT PERCUSSION, 1231 Blair St. South Pasadena, CA 91030; ORDER BONES/BODHRANS/VIDEOS and more: (818) 569-5465; email: web site: Review

Bones Fest Videos

Bones Fest VI Video has arrived! Details here.

Other Videos that Feature Bones

Burris, J. C. American Folk Blues. a black and white video with J.C. singing, playing the harmonica, and bones, By Edward R. Michaels, P. O. Box 460583, San Franscisco, CA, 94146-0583, 415/826-7760, 49 minutes, 1989.

Video recordings of Chlefeli dance performances in Switzerland. Reference coming soon.

Bones Sightings

Chocolat. Very briefly during the musical scene on the boat.

Gone with the Wind. Can you recall the scene where Scarlet and Mammy returned to Atlanta after the yankees and carpetbaggers moved in? Mammy was leading the way through a very busy and crowded sidewalk, pushing and hollering at people to make way for the lady. Look for a band of street performers she hollers at, they are all playing the bones!. You have to look fast it only lasts about 2 seconds.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas. In the celebration parade after Christmas is restored, one of the Whos in the parade is playing the bones. Credit for spotting this one goes to Dave Wilson's kids.

Late Show with David Letterman. A clip from Percy Danforth's instructional video was shown during Dave's Video Collection segment in December 1999.

Mary Poppins. If you have sceen the movie you can't forget the scene where Dick Van Dyke dances with the penguins. Shortly after that the gang jumps on a magical merry-go-round that takes them to a horse race. The next scene is still at the track and an animated rouge band on the sidelines begins to sing and joins the gang in "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious." One of the band members is a bones player!

Pot of Gold with James Stewart and Freeman "Brother Bones" Davis.

Riding High with Bing Crosby and Freeman "Brother Bones" Davis.

Titanic features the bones playing of Aaron Plunkett during the scene where the main characters are making their way toward the car.

The Shipping News features bones playing in the soundtrack, though not onscreen.

Yes Sir, Mister Bones, a 1951 minstrel movie with Freeman "Brother Bones" Davis.

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