Many bodhrán-players are entirely self-taught. Even if you want to
find your own way, I recommend getting someone to show you the basics; and
you may want to get hold of one of the many
books, tapes, and videos available to teach
you how to play.
If you don't see a teacher in your area on this list, then I don't know of
Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Èireann may be able to help;
if you're from North America, try
this link instead.
- Darrin Baird
- Tennessee, USA
Darrin Baird plays
with the band Laughing Sally (an Eclectic folk rock band) and has a background
as a session musician for a number of years. He gives occasional
- Rob Bitter
- Schumanlaan 73
4463 BD Goes
e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, website
tel from outside Netherl.: +31-113-227133
tel from inside Netherl: 0113-227133
- Myron Bretholz
- PO Box 8605, Silver Spring, MD 20907-8605
phone (301) 270-3709, e-mail
Bretholz teaches at Irish music festivals up and down the east coat of
- Sean Buckley
- Calgary, Alberta, Canada
phone (403) 281-0380, e-mail
Buckley offers beginner & intermediate workshops.
- Alan Collinson
- North Wales, UK
Phone: ++(0)1492 533384 or Cell: ++44(0)7876 255 601 email@example.com
Percussionist and bodhran teacher in traditional and contemporary styles. Also explores the original Celtic uses of the drum for storytelling and shamanic journeying. CD's available.
- Deborah Colvin-Brower
- 13815 Liberty Rd., Mt Airy MD 21771
phone (310) 829-2612,
Brower teaches for Howard County (MD) Recreation and Parks as well as
offering private lessons.
- Robert Condon
- Aisling Gallery, Rt. 3A, Hingham, MA
phone (781) 749-0555
Drum repair, manufacture, and instruction at all levels.
- Patrick Corcoran
- 20 Strathearne St Unit 5/6, Brampton, Ontario, CANADA L6T 4P7
phone 905-458-8121, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Corcoran teaches classes at the Irish Center in Brampton on Saturday
mornings. Classes are free to children under 15.
- Randy Crafton
- West Village, New York, NY
phone (212) 529-4525,
Traditional stick techniques and hand techniques from around the
- Junior Davey
Davey, also a performer,
teaches at the South Sligo Summer School in Tubbercurry and at the
Summer School in Drumshamboo in Co. Leitrim. In January 2001, Junior reports that he "teaches through-out Ireland and the continent like The Douglas Hyde SS in Ballaghaderreen and the Orebro SS in Sweden.
- Joan DiBlasi
10 Still Court Ossining, NY 10562
phone (914) 932-6199, e-mail
Joan DiBlasi, also a performer,
teachers at the NY Irish Arts Center and at
regional festivals. She has made an
- Stuart Dunlop
- Raphoe, Co. Donegal, Ireland, email: email@example.com
Offers training from beginner to intermediate, and can be found playing in The Diamond Bar, Raphoe, on Thursday nights.
Web site: http://homepage.eircom.net/~cipin
- Dusty Strings
- 3406 Fremont Ave. N., Seattle, WA 98125
phone (206) 634-1656.
This music shop offers workships about twice a year, usually taught by
Anna Peekstok, who plays with the band
- Patti Foley Edgar
- 958 East Turner Street, Allentown, PA 18109.
phone (610) 821-2746, e-mail
Edgar teaches bodhrán. She also plays with a band
- Benjamin Edom & Debra Carey
These two performers
teach and run bodhrán workshops in Australia. They also
- Icie Frady-Alley
- (313) 386-3643
Ms. Frady-Alley gives group and private lessons, beginner through
advanced, through the Detroit branch of
Ceoltóirí Èireann. She also performs with a
group called Inis-Ceol
- Gaelic College of Celtic Arts & Crafts
- P.O. Box 9, Baddeck, Nova Scotia B0E 1B0, Canada (Cape Breton)
phone (902) 295-3411, fax (902) 295-2912,
Summer bodhrán classes for children and adults, covering basics
to complex techniques, care and maintenance, and bodhrán history.
- Henry Geraghty
- 21 Ironshield Crescent, Thornhill, ON CANADA L3T 3K7
Instruction in bodhrán and bones, from beginner to advanced
- Mance Grady
- 94 Angell Road, Cumberland, RI 02864
phone (401) 333-2293,
Grady is also a performer and
drummaker. He was recognized by the
Rhode Island State Council on the Arts as a Master Bodhrán
Player, and participates in their Master/Apprenticeship Program. He
is on the faculty of The Music School in Providence, RI, where he
conducts workshops and lessons at all levels.
- Brian Hanlon
- J.P. O'Hanlon's, Ayer, Mass.
phone (978) 772-9282
Brian, who also runs The Singing
Goat, teaches and runs workshops.
- David Harris
- David Harris
Blackthorn, Northampton, NN3 8DF
01604-788531, website : http://www.g8ina.enta.net
email : load_cell at hotmail dotcom
I teach Trad Irish bodhran with a touch of rock, jazz & indian classical for that slightly off the wall sound !
- Tommy Hayes
- Magherabaun Feakle, Co. Clare, Ireland, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Tommy teaches on a regular basis as well as performing/composing. He is available for private and group lessons and prefers to be emailed first.
Tommy also reports that he and Johnny McDonagh, Mel Mercier, Jim Higgins and etc. will also be teaching at a Bodhrán Summer School, to be held in the Aran Islands, July 2 to 6th, 2001. See the promo above for more information on the summer school.
- Colin Hogg
- e-mail email@example.com
Hogg, who lives in Ireland, teaches during the summer and offers
instruction at all levels.
- Drew Hurley
- Leicester, England
phone 0116 2928057 or e mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Teaching classes in Leicester but also gives private tuition
- Irish Music Academy of Cleveland
- 16920 Detroit Ave., Lakewood, OH 44107
phone: (216) 529-1996. fax: (216) 529-1992
Dermot Somerville, director of the school, is also the bodhrán
- Peter Irvine
- Northampton, MA.
Private lessons by arrangement.
- Bruce Johnstone-Lowe
- Exeter, Devon, England EX4 2UZ
Phone: (44) 07770 567639
Experienced bodhran player and teacher. Been running workshops at festivals and teaching in schools and clubs for ten years. Able to travel and run workshops or give lessons at all levels from novice to performance anywhere in the South West of England. Practice drums provided. CRB checked. If interested, please give me a ring.
- Mary Ellen Kelley
- Boston, Mass.
phone (617) 773-2392
Ms. Kelley offers private lessons and also teaches the bodhrán
classes of the Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Èireann Boston Music
School at Boston College.
- Kevin Kelly
- London and Brighton, England
Kelly offers private lessons in these areas.
- Joe Kennedy
Kennedy has been teaching at the South Sligo Summer School for eight
years. These days, he teaches the beginner class.
- Dub'lay Lajeu
- Boston, Mass.
phone (617) 983-1486, e-mail
Teaches various styles, including Tommy Hayes'.
- Lark in the Morning Music Celebration
- Lark In The Morning, the musical
mail-order company, runs an annual, week-long, traditional music camp, with
classes, jam sessions, and dances. Bodhrán classes are taught by
Chris Caswell and Devin Caswell.
The week is usually the first in August.
- Paddy League
- Washington, D.C.
- Paddy teaches extensively at summer camps and festivals, including the
Swannanoa Gathering, the Catskills Irish Arts Week, and the Rocky Mountain
Fiddle Camp, and is also available for private lessons and group workshops
in the Washington, D.C. area and elsewhere - he performs and
travels quite a bit (often
with flute player Grey Larsen) and will likely be near you at some point!
- Jacob McCauley
- Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
- Jacob is an award-winning Bodhran player and teaches workshops and private
lessons as well as teaching the Advanced Bodhran class at the Riverside
Celtic College of Traditional Music.
He also is an active performer, playing many different events throughout the
For more info you can go to his website at www.jacobmccauley.com
He can be reached at email@example.com.
- Jackie Moran
- Moran teaches at the Old Town School of Folk Music. He can be reached
at or (773)205-8468 by e-mail
is also a performer.
- Nasatir School Of Percussion
- Cary Nasatir
Castro Valley California (San Francisco Bay Area)
email: firstname.lastname@example.org, website
New York City Irish Arts Center.
- 553 W. 51 St., NYC, NY.
phone (212) 757-3318,
The Irish Arts Center has regular beginners' classes for the
- Alan Ng
- Madison, Wisconsin
- Cindy Norton
Norton also makes drums.
- Martin O'Hare
- Denmark and Ireland, email
He has taught workshops at the
Falun Folkmusik Festival in
Sweden, and the
Førde festival in Norway.
- Guido Plueschke
- Marienstr. 67, 21073 Hamburg, Germany
Tel.: 0049(0)40/76751638, Fax.: 0049(0)40/76757285
- Pluschke also plays with Garifin.
- Kevin Rice
- 915 Dawes St., Libertyville, IL 60048
phone (708) 816-4926, e-mail
Rice, also a performer, teaches
beginner through advanced.
- Anne Sands
- Northern Ireland, email email@example.com
Anne, bodhrán player with the Sands Family folk group can be contacted at this email address.
For further information see the groups website
- David Shaughnessy
- Kansas City, MO. phone (816) 931-2039, e-mail
Lessons from beginner to advanced levels at $20/hour.
- Mark Shiner
- Birmingham, England
phone 0121 420 2963
Shiner also teaches mandolin.
- Jeremy Steinkoler
- Oakland, CA
Steinkoler has taught workshops at Cazadero Performing Arts Family Camp.
- Ben Stephenson
- 2 Garling St., Lyneham, Canberra ACT 2602 Australia
phone (06) 248 8742; e-mail
Stephenson, also a
performer, has recently
begun giving bodhrán lessons.
- Greg Taylor
- Chico, CA
phone (916) 898-6369, e-mail
Private lessons on bodhrán and bones, $20/hr, $15/half hr. He
will help beginners obtain equipment.
- Rolf Wagels
- Annenstr. 2, 30171 Hannover, Germany
phone and fax (+49)(0)511/813270,
Rolf gives lessons and workshops. He offers a
sample of his playing.
- Robbie Walsh
- Northern Ireland contact: Linda Dummigan 011 441 762 349561
US contact (summer 1997): Tom Hanway (718) 884-5721
Walsh, a virtuoso performer,
taught bodhrán at the CCE Traditional School of Music in Dublin
from 1979 to 1985, and
was music coordinator of Irish Music in the Lisheen in Galway from
1990 to 1996. He teaches workshops by special arrangement.
- Jesse Winch
- House of Musical Traditions
7040 Carroll Ave., Takoma Park, MD 20912
website, phone (800)
540-3794 or 301-270-9090,
Jesse regularly conducts four-week classes at HMT for beginners and
post-beginners, and gives private lessons. He is also on the teaching
staff at the Augusta Heritage Center in Elkin, WV, during their Irish
week, where he teaches bodhrán and ceili drums. Jesse is also
an accomplished performer.
- Kirk Witmer, Austin, Texas area
2301 Double File Trace, Liberty Hill, TX 78642
website, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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