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.

A description of the beautiful North Antrim scenes which have given their names to the Paul McAuley Bodhrans.

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
FINALIST 2006

     

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Padded Bodhran Carrying Bag I am loving my bodhran! I am practicing and it is coming SLOWLY - I am not a fast learner! It’s when I try to pick up the pace I go to pieces, scratching and banging away! I haven't treated the skin yet as I am a bit scared to.....but it does feel very taught and dry. Please can you advise if I need to treat it and what is the best way? I keep the drum in the lounge with my fiddle - so there's central heating and an open fire during these cold months.