American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A hand-held goatskin drum used in traditional Irish music and often played with a stick.
- n. A type of frame drum used in Celtic music, which was, by tradition, struck with an animal bone to produce its sound, now more usually this is wood.
- Irish bodhrán, from Irish bodhor ("soft or dull sounding") or Irish bodhar ("deaf") (Wiktionary)
- Irish Gaelic bodhrán, from Middle Irish bodrán, from Old Irish, from bodar, deaf, deafening. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The scholar Eric Lott has noted, “The very instrumentation of minstrel bands followed this pattern: the banjo and jawbone were black, while the fiddle, bones, and tambourine derived perhaps from an instrument called the bodhran were Irish.””
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“A modern day rockabilly queen, May breathes new life into an old genre, and her use of a bodhran is a quirky touch that fits her highly percussive sound to a T. 's 24-year-old bright young thing Victoria Hesketh AKA Little Boots is being tipped by the”
“Emulating a bodhran is a great way to "learn" irish rythm, and when you do it live ...”
“And then I was like wait, but I have the djembe and the bodhran.”
“A fiddler or two, I think one on bodhran but it was very low key and background.”
“To Myron Bretholz, a gifted player and teacher of the bodhran a hand-held Irish frame drum who lives in Baltimore and was CIAW artistic director in 2001, prestige alone doesn't explain its full appeal.”
“I play the piano, bagpipes, bodhran (a type of Irish drum), the tin whistle, the guitar, and the harp.”
“A discreet virtuoso, Yates adapts skipping folk-fiddle melodies to trumpet, flugelhorn and tenor horn, and his engaging themes – full of light, fluttering figures – are compatibly supported by Bende's bell-like chording and Byrne's galloping low-register sounds on the bodhran drum and Latin-American cajon.”
“I dislike the black leather sofa (it says "executive office" to me, when this place is surely all about switching off) and the orb lights could be suspended by something more sympathetic than metres of nasty white flex, but we like the witty addition of an acoustic guitar and bodhran hanging on the wall.”
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