Last updated
July 5, 2009


Irish magazine



According to John B Keane in a 1977 interview, it was originally known as the tambourine, then corrupted to bourine, until somebody called it a bodhran


Bodhran solo by Johnjoe Kelly


Sonny Canavan from near Listowel in Co Kerry, told Cathal O'Shannon in a 1971 Teilifís Eireann interview that he had made about 200 bodhran's in the preceeding 20 years.

Read transcript of the Sonny Canavan interview



Ringo McDonagh with Bobby Gardiner on melodeon (1982)



'Eamon de Buitléar says that the bodhran was played in some parts of Kerry and that following its use in Sive, one of John B Keane's earliest plays to be staged in Dublin's Abbey Theatre, others gradually took up the instrument.'

History of the Bodhran

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