Made in Canada 16 Inch Tunable Bodhran
Our 16 inch in diameter and six-inch deep tuneable bodhran features a natural wood grain finish with a choice of Celtic-themed ribbon trim. Solid colour ribbon trim is available by request. The Shaw Percussion bodhrans are constructed of a solid wood steam bent ash shell with a specially treated and taped goatskin head. The keyless tuning system allows for tuning on the fly with your fingers. No tools are required. Our standard bodhrans are built without a crossbar or arm cut-out to allow freedom of movement for the modern playing style, but these custom options are available upon request.
A Secret Hand-Curing Process for the coveted “played in sound.”
At Shaw Percussion, we use a special curing process to create a supple and long-lasting goatskin drumhead for our bodhrans, which gives them that prized played-in sound. In combination with the internal tuning system, our bodhrans will give you great versatility. Watch this video to hear the benefits of our solid steam-bent frame and head-curing process.
Celtic Drumming for the World Stage and Your Living Room
The Bodhrán or Bodhráin (pronounced bow-ron) is an Irish frame drum with roots that date back to pre-Christian Celtic societies. It is considered a frame drum, one in which the drumhead width is greater than its depth. 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 the bodhran in many styles of music, including jazz, pop and rock.
Assembling all the parts to create a high-quality Artisan Bodhran
Our Shaw Percussion bodhrans are hand-made at our shop in Sutton West, Ontario, Canada. All the components (other than the decorative ribbon trim), including the steam-bent solid wood ash shells and tuning hardware, are designed and built in our shop.
Note that the wood grain pattern and head colouration for each of our frame drums is unique. The drum you receive will be similar but not be identical to the images shown.