A series of clips from a show at Annie Moore's Irish Pub

O Come, O Come Emmanuel
Played by Paul Burton on duduk

This traditional hymn laments the separation of Israel from their God, and looks with anticipation to the Messiah who would be called Emmanuel (God with us)
(Isaiah 7:14, 8:10, Matthew 1:22-24)

The duduk is a double reed instrument that has its origins in Armenia.  It has various cousins (Balaban, Hichiriki, Guan, etc) throughout Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, though the duduk is thought to be the oldest of the family.  In the Western world the duduk is usually recognized from the soundtrack work of Djivan Gasparyan.  Certainly, the first time I heard it was the track "To Zucchabar" from the Gladiator soundtrack.  That is what sparked my desire to purchase a duduk in the first place.  If I had known how hard they are to play, I may have thought twice. :-)

Demonstration of the utility of the Boss RC-30, even for the classical musician.  Although playing a loop through the bass line for a 2-3 minute piece can be a little unforgiving and a tad dull for a live performance, it's fine for dinner music.  With the RC-30's 99 memory banks and up to three hours total of recording space, one or two passes could also be prerecorded... if you're into that kind of thing.

Input: Fishman bridge pickup

Pedal setup in order:
- Boss GE-7 equalizer, top three frequencies at -15, rest at 0.
- Boss RC-30 loopstation
- Morley optical volume pedal