Musical Monday: Presenting The Didgeridoo

I was first introduced to the didgeridoo (or didge, for short) many moons ago, while working for a fun store called Green Earth, that used to sell imported products from around the world. The store also had an extensive CD collection of world music, including the Putumayo Collection. But my absolute favourites were anything that had the sounds of the didge in them.

Didges come in a wide variety of shapes & sizes

The didgeridoo is an ancient woodwind instrument, first played by the native Aboriginal peoples of Australia. The traditional instrument is usually made from a branch from a eucalyptus tree which has been hollowed out by termites. I actually learned how to play some sounds on a didge I purchased, although I was never very good at the “circular breathing” technique required to play it properly. You can lean more about the didgeridoo on didgeproject.com.

My favourite to play in-store was a band called Cybertribe. Here’s one of their tunes on YouTube. I also enjoyed other didge players, such as David Hudson, who is world famous, and has played with other great musicians, including the incomparable Yanni. I had the huge honour of doing a photo shoot a few years ago, at the TD Sunfest in London Ontario, for a group from Quebec name Saltarello. They had a guest musician with them also, a didge player from Quebec, Rodolphe Gagnon. He was amazing, and so were Saltarello! I made friends with a couple of the band members, and still follow them on social media to this day. They also play another very cool, old-style instrument, which I will tell you about in another post! I hope you liked today’s post, and perhaps learned a little about the didgeridoo.

Saltarello & Rodolphe Gagnon, Sunfest 2015. Photo copyright owned by ThruJensLens

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