Sunday, November 15, 2009

Luverly of the Week: The Bodhrán

The bodhrán is one of my favourite instruments, and I intend to learn how to play it {one day when I have the time!}. For the folks who are not familiar with the bodhrán, it is an Irish frame drum that is most often used with a cipín {or tipper} and sometimes folks use their hands to beat it as well.

The use of the bodhrán goes back to at least the 17th century, where it was reportedly used as a battle drum during the Irish rebellion {the Nine Years' War}. It is possible that the drum's history does go back further, even to pre-Christian times, which was the claim of composer Seán Ó Riada.

Below is a nifty documentary for you to watch on the bodhrán, and if interested in seeing folks rock out on one, there are surprisingly many different videos on Youtube for that as well.




gumboot goddess said...

I also love the Bodhran, thanks for this luverly post~! I want to learn fiddle some day, and actually even have a violin gathering dust in the closet :-)

Hertha said...

Another bodhran fan here! Thanks for posting this as a luverly!

nefaeria said...

You are both most welcome and I am glad to see other fans of the bodhrán! :)

I love the fiddle too Gumboot Goddess! Here’s to us both learning how to play our chosen instruments! :)