What Is It? March 2024

 No one guessed our March What Is It. This is a 16” Hand Tuneable Bodhran. The Deep Pro Frame is in Mahogany. It is a handheld, shallow Irish drum with a single goatskin head, played with a stick. 1965-70 Irish Gaelic bodhran, from Middle Irish bodran, from bodar “deafening, deaf.” The Bodhrán is known as the core and heartbeat of traditional Irish music. It’s a large drum which is covered in stretched animal skin; it provides a pulsating beat and produces a lovely sound. Some people think that years ago the drum had a multipurpose function and was also used as a husk sifter and grain tray.
 Today it is one of the most popular of all traditional Irish musical instruments and can boast fans from all over the world. Popular players of the bodhrán include Rónán Ó Snodaigh, Johnny ‘Ringo’  McDonagh, Christy Moore, Caroline Corr, Gino Lupari and many, many more.
 Other musical instruments used in Irish music include the fiddle (violin), the flute and whistle, Uilleann pipes, harp, accordion and concertina, banjo, mandolin and guitar.

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