The Life and the Times of: The Bodhran

The Life and the Times of: The Bodhran

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Details

Location

Belfast

Year

1992

Date

July 1992

Length

10min 38sec

Audio

sound

Format

Betacam

colour

Source

Digitised as part of the UTV Archive Partnership Project (ITV, Northern Ireland Screen and PRONI)

Courtesy

Belfast Film Workshop, Department for Communities, ITV, Public Record Office of Northern Ireland

Rights Holder

Belfast Film Workshop, ITV

It is illegal to download, copy, print or otherwise utilise in any other form this material, without written consent from the copyright holder.

Description

A profile of the bodhran drum, by those who make and play it.

Lorraine Taylor helps the viewer understand how important it is to be "in the middle of the beat," how the drummer keeps the rhythm of the music. A musician herself, she cautions about playing the drum too loudly. Rather, a truly good bodhran drummer knows when to quiet the beat. 

Eamon Maguire explains the process of making a bodhran and details the various materials which are commonly used in the process.

A performance by local mummers demonstrates the special role the bodhran can fulfil, heightening the dramatic effect as they dance.

Credits

A Belfast Film Workshop Production.

Produced in association with Ulster Television, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and the Community Relations Council.

 

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