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The Bodhran Lesson Song

by Debi Smith

Debi Smith is a member of The Four Bitchin' Babes and The Smith Sisters. She is a singer-songwriter who sings everything from folk music to opera, in styles ranging from folk to pop to country to comedy.
Genre: Folk: Celtic Folk
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"The Bodhran Lesson Song" is a whimsical bodhran (Irish drum) lesson that Debi wrote. Debi has been playing and performing with the bodhran since 1978, with performers such as The Four Bitchin' Babes, The Smith Sisters, Tom Paxton, Eddie From Ohio, Al Petteway, The National Men's Chorus of Washington, Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer, on shows ranging from The Kennedy Center to Ken Burns' The National Parks, The Roosevelts, NPR's All Things Considered, and Prairie Home Companion among others. As she says, she only had one drum lesson, since everyone develops their own style; this song is inspired by that lesson and her own experience of learning to play the bodhran. Christine Lavin produced a video of this song that debuted in March of 2018. That video and other information about this song can be found on Debi's website,

A multi-instrumentalist with a three-octave vocal range, Debi Smith writes songs with the craftsmanship of an artisan and the insight of a poet” (All Music Guide).  A member of the fabulous female folkestra The Four Bitchin' Babes since 1994, and half of the singing sister duo The Smith Sisters, Debi has recorded over twenty albums and compilations.  Her solo recordings and songs have garnered numerous Washington Area Music Awards (Wammies), ASCAP composer awards, American Library Awards, and a Grammy® nomination. Debi recently released her sixth solo CD, Hits and Holidays, with tracks featuring such musical greats as Doc Watson, Tom Paxton, Mike Auldridge, Marcy Marxer, and Al Petteway; and her seventh CD, a holiday recording with orchestra called If I Were an Angel.  The Smith Sisters' four recordings feature musical legends Doc and Merle Watson (who produced their CD's), Mark O'Connor and Sam Bush.

Debi's songs, vocals, and musicianship also appear on other artists' recordings, including Tom Paxton's Grammy-nominated Looking For The Moon, Ken Burn's PBS documentaries, The National Parks and The Roosevelts (with Al Petteway),  Christine Lavin-produced compilations, and the National Men's Chorus of Washington. She has appeared at theatres and festivals across North America, and on such radio and television programs as Prairie Home Companion, NPR's All Things Considered (with Susan Stamberg and Noah Adams), Mountain Stage,  Radio Smithsonian,  Voice of America, and CBS Sunday Morning.  Debi recently co-edited and published a book, Look Up at the Hawks, a collection of writings by her Nebraskan grandmother, Ruth Morgan Smith, about farm life on the great plains during the 30's and 40's.  Debi lives in the Washington, D.C. area with her husband and son. 



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