Emmanuel Delahaye

I am now retired

I am mainly an Irish bouzouki player from Paris (France), but I also play tin-whistle, mandolin, banjo, piano accompaniment, bodhran and bass guitar.

I played professionally in the French Irish band ‘Shamrock’ in the 80s. Today, I sometimes play in sessions or concerts and share tunes with young people, especially my children and their friends.

I was teaching “how to play Irish music together” and GDAE plectrum instruments (banjo, mandolin and family) in a regular workshop at the Irish Association in Paris.

I also try to sing, but I have trouble, especially remembering the words.

My favorite tunes are in Dm or Gm like the jig ‘crabs in the skillet’ (Liz Doherty, Kane sisters). I’m a little tired of overused tunes in D, G and Em, but that doesn’t mean I don’t play them.

I play on a 1993 Peter Abnett bouzouki tuned in GDAE. I also own a 1982 Abnett.

I used to go to Ireland every year for summer music schools (my kids love them), music festivals, etc. The kids are grown up now, and they choose their own path for the vacations, but they still play Irish tunes…

I was the conductor and arranger of the Orchestre de Musique Irlandaise (O.M.I.) based in Paris welcoming of up to 20 musicians (fiddles, flutes, tin whistles, pipes, mandolin, guitar, bouzouki, piano, harmonica …). I have also started a vocal workshop of Irish songs, coordinated with the Orchestra…

I also was playing Balkan music on tambura, bass and tapan.