This book by steafan hannigan will tell you all thats worth knowing about the intricacies of bodhran playing. This is the fourth book of morgan llywelyns epic chronicle of irish history. The bodhran makers is a delightful storytelling of a traditional rural irish community, and the hold that religion, traditional music and drinking had on their lives. This bodhran book, is a well written, well presented book with a bit of history and some added extras e. Also covered are the correct pronunciation of bodhran, the history of the.
In this book, she tells us the story of ireland between the period of the 50s and 70s. See more ideas about bodhran drum, irish drum and irish culture. Cd bodhran insight the best frame drum recording i have heard in many years. This article is a collection of bits and pieces that ive assembled. The beginner is guided slowly and carefully with many examples and exercises. Its size can vary but is usually around 18 in diameter. The body consists of a circular wooden or plastic frame with a goatskin or a synthetic material head on one side and the other is left openended for one hand to be placed against the inside of the drum head to control the pitch and timbre. History of the irish drum celtic music instruments. That of course is not true, but over the years if there is one thing i have learnt when researching the. Indeed, ive received some comments that point out errors here, but i am still looking for additional contributions. The bodhran book by steafan hannigan, other format. We were thinking doing well below the vally o christy moore song. Morgan carried on her series, keeping the legacy of the same irish.
Some of these starter kits even come with sheet music to help you learn how to play this type of drum, and they usually come with at. The bodhran bug struck me about 5 weeks ago, at which time i bought a tipper and a 12 evans real feel practice pad to see if i had any potential before purchasing the real thing. This bodhran book doesnt have much info on techniques when playing it and it could do with a few more pages on different drum. The bodhran book by steafan hannigan promises to tell you all thats worth knowing about the intricacies of traditional bodhran playing. Right now, im saying from strokes and controversy common im 12 years old. Andy writes this 26page book covers the basics of bodhran and bones playing with brief histories and maintenance instruction for each. Ok, only a relatively small amount of it has to do directly with irish traditional music, because the book is primarily about a community. The second part and the third part with references will appear in subsequent issues of treoir. John b keane wrote a book called the the bodhran makers, its a good novel, however its not a history book. Opies book, the lore and language of schoolchildren london.
It would mean alot if anyone could give me a websites or some help. Normally, people make the bodhran drum using goat skin, however, modern bodhrans have been made using other animal skins as well as synthetic materials with similar qualities. Included are sections on various types of dance music as well as care and maintenance section. In the past fifty years, the bodhran, or traditional irish circular frame drum, has. Theres sadness too, depicting how this way of life was dying out, with many leaving for england due to abject poverty. People have found a variety of ingenious methods of reducing volume to spare your loved ones. If you research the bodhrans history online, you will come across. If youre new to the bodhran and you want to try it out, consider picking a relatively inexpensive drum that comes with all of the accessories you need to get started. Growing out of rich ethnographic interviews, this book serves as the definitive. As with anything, in order to learn how to play the bodhran effectively you have to practice. Hi my friend who is a great singer wants me to search for songs like the lark in the morn to play bodhran to. It resembles a large tambourine without the jingling parts and has a rather deep and somber sound.
Mel bay presents bodhran beyond the basics bookcd set, bill woods, mel. And it is this first glance upon which the first theory lies. Living in an apartment, the nearly silent practice pad allowed me to drum away late at night without disturbing the neighbors. The protagonist that we see the events through his eyes happens to be another halloran. A goatskin head is tacked to one side synthetic heads or other. Traditional irish frame drum presents a definitive history of the bodhran from its. Wren boys accompanied the following ceremony with whistles and bodhranlike. It is a medical transcript in which the sound of a bloated belly is described as the sound of a drum bhodhran. After years of research its remarkable that theres still no written history in existence and at this stage most likely there never will be. Expert bodhran players didnt become experts over night, it takes years of. The earliest proof of the use of the bodhran goes back to a book of the 15th century. The comprehensive booklet includes explanations as to what we are playing for each of these sets, sharing with the listener an insight into our methods and techniques. The irish bodhran is a simple frame drum thats played with a small double ended stick called a tipper and in the hands of an experienced musician it can produce some wonderful rhythms and sounds. Recent examples on the web guitars, mandolin, fiddle, bouzouki, harmonica, whistles, bodhrans, banjo and good humor are all part of the entertainment.
Typical mel bay good basic teaching book makes sense to my beginner and has. The bodhran makers, its a good novel, however its not a history book. Bodhran bodhran accessories bodhran instruction bodhran tippers bodhran, fixed head bodhran, inside tunable bodhran, outside tunable bodhran, remo. There is not a great deal of information about the bodhran and its history, probably because the drum hasnt really changed much over time. Try and find a block of time each day where you can practice your bodhran playing for around 1015 minutes. The drum was likely used to provide a steady rhythm for celtic.
Celtic artwork on bodhrans by mance grady artwork by. Included are sections on the various types of traditional irish dance music, care and maintenance, music help, discography, bodhran history and manufacture. Also history, manufacture, music help and discography. I dont pretend that it is complete or even entirely correct. Throughout history, the bodhran was employed by irish clans as a battle drum in attempts to strike fear in the hearts of enemies. See more ideas about irish drum, irish culture and celtic music. The bodhrans history in celtic music is, however, a bit misty. Waltons classic range of standard bodhrans are handcrafted from the finest woods, with heads made from rea. Press the flat of your hand against the middle of the skin, or equivalently, stuff a towel, a legal pad, or a magazine under the crossbars, against the skin. Daniel maclise 25 january 1806 25 april 1870 was an irish history, literary.
History of the bodhran snap apple night by daniel maclise. How to build a bodhran bodhran, pronounced borawn or borawn, is the name of the traditional drum played in irish folk music. The bodhran pronounced bowrawn, or simply the irish drum, is an irish frame drum measuring 12 to 24 inches in diameter and a depth between 4 to 8 inches. The book provides sheet music for every tune on the cd. These simple framed irish drums can sound very rhythmic, even quite soothing, when played by an experienced drummer and when it is a quality, wellmade instrument. The fun thing i like to do at the start, to grab the students attention, is to say the facts you are about to hear are all lies. The bodhran is a handheld frame drum that originated in ireland. The local wren boys attempt to have the dance is secret but the old canon catches on. In the 1970s, virtuoso players such as the boys of the loughs robin morton, the chieftains peadar mercier, planxtys christy. A group of boys then take the wren in a procession from home to home and. He related to rina schiller 2001 how the first bodhran he owned was made by an old flute player and that he went to the.1539 487 1570 312 1385 333 980 700 411 340 126 252 928 408 78 751 619 1318 1557 1042 1488 1168 216 24 375 1218 1320 829 335 630 1240 1429 159 1290 482 706 854 838 1060 1497 333 394 186 747 1129 427