Welcome to Irish Bodhrans
Hi, my name is Paul and I live in a small seaside town in Northern Ireland called Ballycastle in the County of Antrim. As a native of Ballycastle I am interested in craft and music and the promotion of Irish Traditional Music also plays an important part of my life. I was employed as a Department Manager in a large supermarket and watched the cut-trust business develop. I have always had a great respect for the traditional crafts and especially working with wood which has given me great pleasure. I started playing the Bodhrán in my spare time and some years ago perfected the old skills of reproducing several sizes of drums from the 15" Glenariffe fixed skin bodhran to the 18" tuneable drum, which is for the more professional players. I decided to devote my full-time career to the making and perfecting of handcrafted locally made Bodhráns and I liaise closely with the makers of the traditional Lambeg drums and share the skins according to size and availability. Please Note: We use Natural Goat Skin and therefore the skins vary in density and texture, some may be quite see-through and others have small markings - these are all natural and do not affect the quality of the skin. (The white skins are processed and mainly supplied from abroad)
Go to Blas Ceoil (blas ceoil bbc iplayer) to see and listen to Paul playing the Bodhran in Series 4. If you go into Dick Glasgow plays 'My Former Wife' in The House of McDonnell, Ballycastle - its well worth a visit. (series 4 of Blas Ceoil).
NORTH ANTRIM LEADER + RURAL BUSINESS AWARDS EXPORTS