The Bodhrán, or Bodhráin, (pronounced bau-ran) is an Irish frame drum with roots that date back to pre-Christian Celtic societies. It is considered a frame drum, one in which drumhead width is greater than its depth. It is thought that bodhrans evolved from a simple “skin tray” used to carry food. Modern bodhrans have become sophisticated and versatile instruments that can accompany any type of music.
The Shaw Percussion bodhrán comes in 3 diameters (14”, 16”, and 18”) and a depth of 5 1/2 inches. With a specially treated goatskin head, our tunable bodhráns are crafted from a solid steam-bent oak shell with an arm cut-out for comfort. The keyless tuning system allows for tuning on the fly without any tools, just your fingers. Our bodhrans are built without a cross bar to allow freedom of movement for the modern style of playing but the cross bar is available upon request.
It’s an important part of our frame drum family including the mesmerizing Ocean Drum, the Inuit Qilaut, or Tar (finger style frame drum) and our Native Style hoop drum.
A Secret Hand-Curing Process Gives Our Goatskin Drumheads a Unique Sound
At Shaw Percussion we use a special curing process to create a supple and long-lasting drumhead for your bodhran that gives it that prized “played in” sound. In combination with the internal tuning system and our custom tippers, your bodhrán will give you incredible versatility.
Celtic Drumming for the World Stage and Your Living Room
When Irish traditional music re-emerged as a world force in the 1960s the bodhrán became a fixture on stage and has been further popularized by bands such as The Chieftains, Great Big Sea, and Kila.
The bodhran is not limited to one style of music. Modern players like Guido Pluschke, Rolf Wagles are exploring the use of bodhran in many styles of music including jazz, pop and rock.
Our bodhráns are made right here at our shop in Sutton West, Ontario. We are custom drum makers that are passionate about your drumming.