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All about the bodhran(Irish frame drum)


  Been a fan of this percussion instrument for God knows how long. There is something about it that calls to mind the feelings on anticipation, excitement,glee and of course sensuality.It’s the quality of the bodhran’s sound that is unparalleled by other percussion instrument.There is expressiveness there and yes love by its creator.My friend Brandon has a bodhran. Someone in Multiply asked me if there is a store that sells bodhran here. What” In the Philippines? Unless there’s a marooned Irish musician, then you’ll be in luck.

Quick info:

The bodhrán (pronounced /ˈbɔːrɑːn/ or /ˈbaʊrɑːn/; plural bodhráns or bodhráin) is an Irish frame drum ranging from 25 to 65cm (10″ to 26″) in diameter, with most drums measuring 35 to 45cm (14″ to 18″). The sides of the drum are 9 to 20cm (3½” to 8″) deep. A goatskin head is tacked to one side (although nowadays, synthetic heads, or new materials like kangaroo skin, are sometimes used). The other side is open ended for one hand to be placed against the inside of the drum head to control the pitch and timbre. One or two crossbars, sometimes removable, may be inside the frame, but this is increasingly rare on professional instruments. Some professional modern bodhráns integrate mechanical tuning systems similar to those used on drums found in drum kits.


There is evidence that the bodhrán was used during the Irish rebellion of 1603, by the Irish forces as a battle drum, or that the use of the drum was to provide a cadence for the pipers and warriors to keep to, as well as announce the arrival of the army. This leads some to think that the bodhrán was derived from an old Celtic war drum.

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One thought on “All about the bodhran(Irish frame drum)

  1. “There is evidence that the bodhrán was used during the Irish rebellion of 1603,…”
    In what source document(s) is this fact cited? I am seeking the source.

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