Photo by Julie Caine, ©2004

  Playing the Bones

The bones (or "rhythm bones") are an ancient percussion instrument. Their distinctive fast clatter can be heard in traditional Irish music, American old-time music, and other styles, including jazz. I've been playing them since the mid 1990s, and I've created this web site to expose people to the bones, and to share what I've learned about them with other bones players. Look around, let me know what you think, I'd particularly like to hear recordings of other bones players performing with their bands. I'll be regularly adding to this site, so let me know what you'd like to see or hear.

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