David Hammons
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Currently in a band called Mayde in Ireland. If you're interested in how we sound, head over to YouTube and check us out.

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At 19:08 on July 15, 2012, Lars 'Larry Mór' Mott said…

Hi David!

Sorry for delay in replying..

To answer your questions one by one:

What do you find to be the hardest thing about playing the bodhran?

I guess balancing between monotonous playing and too much/elaborate "showing off" : )

Do you just play traditional (hornpipes, jigs, reels etc...) or do you find yourself inventing your own style of play?

"Just" traditional?? :-p Joking aside, i am not ashamed to admit to a huge influence by Colm Murphy and Johnny 'Ringo' McDonagh.. I have been told that it shows too (which i take as a compliment) I firmly believe in learning by "monkey hear, monkey do" - that is, even if you carbon copy someone's style, it will evolve into your own eventually.

How did you get interested in the bodhran?

In the early 90's i went to a local gig with Danish band "Ash Plant" where i heard Martin O'Hare play the bodhrán, and i guess that was what made me get one of my own and start playing. A guy from a local band had a bodhrán and pointed me in the right direction where to get one, and once i did, well.. i was sold :)


At 20:09 on July 13, 2012, Van Sederburg said…

I only play traditional with other people, because that's all that is available.  At home I can play along to lots of things.  I think everyone has their own "style" though, depending on how you personally relate to the music.  I may go with a back-beat when someone else wouldn't ever consider it, or whatever. The hardest thing for me is coming up with something different so I don't play the same rhythm all the time for a certain type of music, but I think that just comes with time.  I don't really know how I got interested in bodhran... I've just always sort of been drawn to drums most of my life, though other than a brief stint with tri-toms in school, bodhran is the only drum I've played.  To me the most annoying thing is trying to hear what I'm playing.  It is very easy to be completely drowned out by other instruments. I understand not overpowering others, but I do want to hear what I'm doing.

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