I make only Goatskin Bodhrans, 3 year + Goats, i.e Strong powerful skins. I live for 40 years in West Connemara Galway, Ireland near my Sligo – Leitrim cattle exporting family and main Goatskin source. I started making Bodhrans in 1978 when I lived beside Peadar Mercier Who was then a founder member of The world famous folk group ‘The Chieftains’, Peadar is the Man who started it all, back then Peadar graciously developed the controlled rolling rhythm style of playing and a hand tucked behind the skin too, moving / varying the tone, i.e both hands interacting together, one hand holds the beater or Cipin. This technique is now recognised as ‘the cleverest idea in manual percussion worldwide’.
One time in the 1960’s the Bodhran was just tapped / thumped on stage. (e.g The play Called ‘ Sive’). Gently de haired Goatskin has the best energy and bounceback and has a natural deep haunting sound. We do not use any strong chemicals to de Hair / de flesh Goatskins this protecting the natural fibre of the Goatskin. Our Rims are made of solid beech or fine birch ply. We make Tuneable Bodhrans in the same way since 1979. A simple inner sliding rim that can pressure the skin – alter the tone. It’s All mainly about a Good Goatskin and The playing Technique.