Monday, March 30, 2009

Bodhran

An instrument that has fascinated me for some time is the "bodhran" (pronounced bow-ron), a popular Celtic hand-held drum that is used in many types of traditional acoustic music. Last week I watched an incredible video of John Joe Kelly, a very talented bodhran player, performing a percussion solo at an Irish music festival. It's a few minutes long but is worth the time. Unfortunately, embedding has been disabled on the video so I have to link to it rather than posting it directly. To get an idea of how a bodhran can be employed in a group setting, watch this fantastic video by incredible talented neo-Celtic group Flook performing on the BBC Blackstaff Sessions in 2006. (John Joe Kelly is the bodhran-ist for Flook.)

1 comment:

Sabina said...

refreshing tunes - thanks for sharing!