Bodhrán Insight - the title in itself is explicit as Guido Plüschke and Rolf Wagels wish to share with their listeners an insight into the art of bodhrán playing. The bodhrán, fascinating to the music world because of it's versatility of sound, is an Irish frame drum which is played with a single stick. Although this seemingly archaic instrument looks easy to play, the technique is in fact quite complex, and requires a high degree of musicality to master.
The aim of this collaboration by these two exceptional musicians is to demonstrate the extensive possibilities of the instrument. "Bodhrán Insight" comprises of 18 tracks on which the Irish rhythm produced on the bodhrán is the main feature. The CD has a running time of 78 minutes and is mostly a compilation of tracks from various recordings which featured Guido or Rolf. However, it does also include previously unreleased tracks which feature the bodhrán as a solo instrument. Despite the large following and lovers of this drum, there has been to date very few productions dedicated solely to the bodhrán. In addition to the accompaniment of songs, the focal point of the bodhrán is to support what's known in the industry as "sets" of tunes. The comprehensive booklet includes explanations as to what they are playing, or the idea behind what they are playing for each of these sets, sharing with the listener an insight into their methods and techniques.
For anybody wanting to experience versatility in bodhrán playing this CD is a must. It is not only fascinating to listen to these two musicians, but also impressive to hear their high standard of playing. As Johnny Mc Donagh from the group De Danann put it: "I am impressed and delighted with how the standard of bodhrán playing has developed and improved in Germany. This is in no small way due to the excellent teaching of Guido and Rolf. Fair play to ye, Lads!" or in the words of Beoga's Eamon Murray: "Together and in their own wonderful ways they have taken bodhrán playing to a dizzying new height around the globe. A fine pair of German Paddys! Now, sit back, put your feet up and let the lads do what they do best - show the drum who's boss!"
Irish Music Magazine:
"terrifically sensitive playing"
"a standout performance"
"The CD has one of the best set of liner notes of the past decade."
North American Frame Drum Association:
"quite simply the best frame drum recording I have heard in many, many years!"
"some of the freshest and most original frame drum creativity I have personally heard in a very long time"
"It’s a breathe of fresh air you’ll find as intoxicating as it is inspirational"