An Bodhrán

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Bodhrán makers to recommend

Started by Lars 'Larry Mór' Mott. Last reply by Julie Bennett Jan 14, 2016. 27 Replies

Please write down what bodhrán maker you can vouch for here, preferably ones who are still alive and in business, for the benefit of people wanting a good quality bodhrán as opposed to those guinness…Continue

Belgarth "one off" bodhrán

Started by Lars 'Larry Mór' Mott. Last reply by Across the Pond Dec 9, 2015. 10 Replies

Just got this baby from Eoin and Jane Leonard of Belgarth bodhráns, i saw a documentary on Youtube about the 'ULFBEHRT' viking sword, a sword made of steel so pure and high quality it wasn't equalled…Continue

Summer Bodhran School - Craiceann

Started by Bill Troxler Jul 16, 2013. 0 Replies

I had a great bodhran experience at  Craiceann 2013.   This week-long, summer bodhran school was the best traditional music program I have ever attended.  See their website for details and dates for…Continue

Bodhrán brushes, sticks/tippers - what's your preference/s

Started by Lars 'Larry Mór' Mott. Last reply by Mindy Johnson May 23, 2013. 5 Replies

My latest wee hobby 'project' me to thinking about…Continue

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Comment by Lee Perkins on September 8, 2015 at 18:05

In case any interest I have an Albert Alfonso bodhran, case, and tippers for sale. Wonderful instrument.

If anyone interested and we can arranged payment method, please let me know.

Comment by Mark JOseph Parsons on November 4, 2014 at 12:18

Hi Guys, Please  Check out my bodhran playing on my NEW tune

"Water Charge"

Comment by Lars 'Larry Mór' Mott on June 2, 2014 at 11:21

This is a Seamus O'Kane 15,5" drum, it differs from standard in that it is just 4,5" deep i ordered it that way from Seamus. Medium Lambeg skin. Great sound even though it's not fully played in yet.

Comment by Lars 'Larry Mór' Mott on June 2, 2014 at 11:19

Metloef 16" Goatskin drum, great sounding and meticulous craftsmanship!

Comment by Lars 'Larry Mór' Mott on June 2, 2014 at 11:18

This is a bit of a rare duck. It's a 13 year old Albert Alfonso 16" bodhran. While this is technically what would be considered a "red" drum model, as you can see it is not red, but this drum was made several years before Albert started making what he refers to as his "blonde" drum. It is the same as a "red" drum in everything but color. This is a raw goatskin with six tuning posts.

Comment by Gerry Regan on May 7, 2014 at 20:18

One of our colleagues posted this most interesting article on the bodhran's unique position in Irish trad:

Comment by Diarmaid Hurley on October 22, 2013 at 10:47

Hi all,

I'm sad to say that my lovely red Metloef was robbed last week here in Spain. I've had it since 2008, so it was well played in.

If anyone happens to come across it, I'd appreciate if you let me know.

Comment by Bill Troxler on June 5, 2012 at 0:21

A follow up to Pawel's comment about Rob Forkner's new signature bodhran.  The head of these drums is kangaroo.  This skin, properly treated as Rob does, gives a wide range of tonal possibilities.  You can hear Patrycja Napierala play this drum on her website.  Go to this link and scroll down.  An impressive sound out of a 14 inch diamter drum.  I have one on order.  Should be here by the end of June :)

Comment by Pawel Rewucki on April 24, 2012 at 21:25

I just want everyone to now that Rob Forkner have a brand new signature line of bodhrans. These are signed by Partycja Napierala (best bodhran player in Poland).

More details here : .

Comment by Lars 'Larry Mór' Mott on April 17, 2012 at 8:05

The one and only deerskin bodhrán i have heard so far sounded quite 'wet'. A warm bassy sound, but i missed the clicky tipper sound of goatskin.

Still, to each their own :)


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