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Bodhrans

DISCOVER YOUR ROOTS WITH DRUMMING!

The bodhran, the traditional frame drum of Ireland has remained unaltered since the early part of the Christian era.
These traditional frame drums were made with goat or sheep skin that was stretched over the drum and then riveted along the edge. One or two cross-pieces inside the open back of the drum serve as a hand or wrist hold.
Played with a beater, also called a cipan or tipper, it is the basis for the unusual sound of traditional Celtic music.


Drumming......what a great way for one to enter into the world of self-expression. We offer a great range of Bodhrans.



The "Engraved" Bodhran

Hand carved
Floral leaf pattern
Goat skin head
     18 inches
      $70.00 each


A close up view of the pattern.

"Rowan Tree" Bodhrans:

Constructed of native hardwoods with a goat skin head, these bodhrans are an excellent choice for both the beginning and the experienced drummer.

They are available in three sizes:
18 inch size       $42.00 each
16 inch size       $36.00 each
14 inch size       $24.00 each





And...for the younger drummer - -

"Secrets of the Bodhran"


With the book, cipan and an 8 inch bodhran

        $26.95


Bass Tunable Bodhrans


Constructed of native hardwoods with a goat skin head, these 18 inch bodhrans are fully tunable with 10 threaded screws on a chromed steel ring



            $75.00





Special Design Bodhrans:


Bodhrans are available in a variety of decorations.The synthetic skin bodhrans shown here come with a high gloss surface coat over the image.

On the left is the "GODDESS" pattern

To the right is the "PENTAGRAM" pattern.


          16 inch size         $110.00 each




Bodhran painted with your clan crest

Goat skin head, hand painted.

18 inch$140.00 each.



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Bodhran Supplies


Bodhran Carrying Cases

We stock two styles:

  • The Standard - - designed for carrying and storing the 16 and the 18 inch bodhrans. - - $29.95 each
  • The Heavy Wall - - extra padding for safer traveling. - - $39.95 each

Both of these have an exterior pocket for carrying tippers, or other smaller items



Tippers by Mance Grady:

Mance Grady is one of our finest bodhran players and is designated as a Master Player by the Rhode Island State Council of the Arts. On the faculty of the Music School in Providence, he also teaches workshops on the bodhran. Mance has developed a serious, professional approach to playing the bodhran. In the process, he has developed an outstanding series of tippers. They are of the highest quality and have incredible balance; a real asset to the player

Cocobolo wood tipper..........$35.00
Pudauk wood tipper...............$35.00
Purpleheart wood tipper.....$35.00
Zebra wood tipper.................$35.00
Walnut wood tipper...............$35.00
Cherry wood tipper...............$35.00
Oak wood tipper.....................$35.00
Ebony wood tipper................$39.00

Please specify long or short and if you would like a leather grip.
Long tippers average from 8 1/2 to 9 inches in length.
Short or regular tippers average from 7 1/2 to 8 inches in length.




Tipperary Tippers:

Good beginner tipper.
Approximately 7 1/2 inches in length...........$6.00.



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Mance Grady recordings:

This recording is a joy to listen to. The bodhran playing is nothing short of exceptional. The accompanying instrumentation is great. A wonderful, fun recording.

Mance Grady CD......................................................$15.00
Mance Grady audiotape........................................$10.00



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Bodhran Tutors:

Irish Traditional Bodhran Tutor
By Suzie and Tony Sullivan.
Set includes booklet and cassette tape.........$19.95

Mance grady instructional video:
"How to play the bodhran".....................................$30.00
One of the better "how to.."videos.


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