Welcome to the
Lighthouse String Band
The fiddle and mandolin usually carry the melody in Irish music, sometimes augmented by the guitar, bouzouki, tenor banjo, penny whistle, and other instruments.
The guitar is one of the basic rhythm instruments in Irish and Celtic Music, but can also be used to carry the melody.
Uillean Pipes, Concertina, Flute, Harp, and Button Accordion
The uillean pipes, concertina, flute, harp, and button accordion are also perfect for playing Irish traditional music, and can enhance a tune with their own special tonal qualities.
We play mostly Irish and Scottish traditional music. For great entertainment at your next event, contact us.
The Lighthouse String Band is available
The Lighthouse String Band at the Half Moon Bay Farmers Market. October 1, 2015
The Irish Bouzouki
The Irish bouzouki and cittern have also become well integrated into many other western European musical traditions over the past forty years. The instrument's role is a combination of interwoven accompaniment (usually a mix of two note intervals, bass lines and countermelody) and melodic play. The Irish bouzouki is considered to be part of the mandolin family and is perfect for playing Irish traditional music.
The Hammered Dulcimer
The hammered dulcimer provides a wonderful harp-like sound.
Penny Whistle, Bodhran, Bones, and Mandolin
The bodhran can add dramatic rhythm, color, and emphasis to a tune. Bones and spoons are also used sometimes for rhythm and special effects. The mandolin usually carries the melody, but can also be used to play rhythm.