He’s an interesting man in anyone’s language. What he can do with a mobile phone ring tone, used to have to be supplied by two or three members of a band! You get the impression that anything capable of making a sound will be co-opted into his arsenal; supporting the most ancient of music or the newest of his tunes and songs with equal ease.
This is BUKHU – A Thoroughly Modern Mongolian – and it’s Traditional instruments and Throat Singing at its best. Included in a variety of unnamed stringed things, is his beloved Horse-fiddle, combined with his intriguing voice – vaguely baritone and mellow – making for an extraordinary performance.
He explains there are four main tones possible in throat singing, from a high shimmer – like Northern Lights, but in sound, then on down to a bad, bad grumble. He’s a natural teacher and tells you how to do it. With a twinkly sense of humour, he makes himself understood in slightly halting English, obviously enjoying the interaction. He is a new Aussie and his version of Waltzing Matilda was so simple and loving it brought a lump to my throat. For this man there are no barriers or divides – just music; and it’s great!
5th October 2013 at 7.30pm
Newcastle and Hunter Valley Folk Club.