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Cyprus, Palestine & the Ancient Mesopotamian Lyre

Having recently had the pleasure of seeing the famous Mosaics at Paphos in Cyprus,(dating from the between the 2nd - 4th centuries CE) I was fascinated to see in the mosaics, a rare lyre-playing technique which until then, I thought…

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The Ultimate Ancestor of the Modern Banjo?

Having discovered the extreme antiquity of fretted lutes with skin-membrane soundboards in my research, which first appeared in ancient Mesopotamia, from c.3000 BCE & later in the New Kingdom of ancient Egypt, from c.1500 BCE, it occurred to me just…

Live Lyre Music at the Roman Baths

On 19th May 2012, I had the immense honour of being invited to play my lyre  at the world famous Roman Baths at Bath Spa, UK! My performance was part of a truly fabulous event at the Roman Baths organized…

Roman-Themed Music For Television & Film

In May 2012, I was delighted to be invited to collaborate with Maryanne & Michael Tedstone of Manike Music  who are signed composers with Felt Music. I provided the lyre parts in the production of their epic Roman-themed album "SPQR"…

A Harp & Lyre Duet

In February 2012, I had the pleasure of recording some seriously spontaneous improvisations with the talented folk harpist, Rebecca Penkett...


Please visit Rebecca's own fascinating website, on the history of the harp & it's ancient connection with healing:

www.harpconnections.net 


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How To Build Your Own Lyre

HOW TO CONSTRUCT YOUR OWN EVOCATION OF THE LYRE OF THE ANCIENT HEBREWS!

 

Here are the dimensions of my first lyre, which can be used by anyone wishing to also attempt to build their own instrument:


Length - 61cm (Bottom…