Making a Lambeg Drum

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Details

Location

Belfast, Sandy Row

Year

1960

Source

Digitised as part of the BFI's Unlocking Film Heritage project

Format

16mm

black and white

Length

09min 10sec

Silent

silent

Courtesy

BFI, UTV

Rights Holder

UTV

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Description

Watch the silent birth of one of the world’s loudest acoustic instruments. In Bobby Johnston’s famous workshop, a 10-day process happens in 9 minutes using the 'here’s one I made earlier' trick. Hair and fat is scrapped from the goat skin until it is as smooth as plastic. The skins are soaked before the final residue is removed and they are fastened onto the flesh hoops with glue. The drum skins are inspected for flaws, then a band of wood is clamped into a wooden frame to shape the drum. Finally, Mr Johnston adjusts the ropes until both sides of the drum sound the same.  

Notes

Digitised as part of Unlocking Film Heritage.

Credits

 This was filmed as part of the Ulster Television news coverage of the 12th of July in 1960. This material is courtesy of the UTV archive.

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