I came back from Ireland and so enjoyed my brief trip there that I wanted to have a go at playing the bodhran. You pronounce it bowrahn (roughly speaking anyway). You play it with a beater, that you hold in your hand a bit like the way you hold a pencil. Then with a really relaxed wrist the beater can hit the skin of the drum with either end. It's great fun, but I'm not very good at it! I think the best player has to be a guy called John-Joe Kelly. Here's a video of him playing, he is totally awesome! He gets so many different sounds out of the instrument, it sounds just like a full drum kit. Most players these days try to sound like him. I'm having a rest now for a few weeks, but I'll be on the road again very soon!
Lots of Cuddles
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