Testimonials


Dear Mr McAulay your Bodhran arrived today. I tried it and... wow! I just can't believe it... I'm enthusiastic! It sounds in an astonishing way!!! Fantastic! Warm and deep as I wanted! You made a very very very gooooooood work!!! It look like you put all your heart in doing it! My patience was well repaid. My only hope, is to become a good player... eheh ;-) I'll let you know! With kindest regards, Marco

Marco from Itally, Glenarm 15


personalised cladagh ring Glenariffe 15inch Hi Paul and Imelda, This is just an email to say thank you very much for the bodhran. Colin and Eilis absolutely loved it, it's on show for the wedding guests to come to visit the week before the wedding and it's received lots of attention already so I'm spreading the word about the fabulous service you provide and talent you have. I've no doubt it will be admired further and I'll be recommending you. With much appreciation and thank you, Fiona.

Kerrie Haughey, Craigavon, NI, Glenariffe 15


15" Glenariffe bodhran Inscribed with dates and names and Family Crests Hi there, Thank you so much for the drums! They came out better than I expected! I'll have more orders for you probably by the end of summer. Thanks again!

Shayne Harrington USA, 16


15” Paul McAuley bodhran – no design It's very beautiful, and nice to know it was hand made for me. Thank you very much.bMichael I am glad you sent the tipper with the bamboo sticks. I was wanting one of those.

Mike Halford, Colarado, USA, Glenariffe 15


15” Glenarm Tuneble along with bag. I received the bodhran on Friday last week and just wanted to say a massive thank you...it's absolutely beautiful and I am thrilled! The tone is fantastic and the craftsmanship is of the highest quality. I will play it with great pride and will be singing your praises whenever people comment on it (as they surely will!). Thanks a million once again,

Den Barry, Southbourne, West Sussex, Jan 2010, 15” Glenarm Tuneble


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.

Hopwood International, Redditch, Worcestershire, Jan 2010, 15" Glenariffe - Fixed Skin


Hi Paul, Just to let you know that I've received delivery of the Bodhran. I am very happy indeed with it. The pride you obviously take with your workmanship is exemplary. Am not sure my sense of rhythm will do it justice!! Thank you very much. I am proud to own a Paul McAuley Bodhran. Very best wishes to you and your family. Regards Clive On 22 Nov 2012

Glenariffe 15" with Design and DVD, Clive Thomson, West Midlands, England


15” Paul McAuley bodhran with A Celtic Weave design and Signed by Paul. Hi Paul and Imelda, just a quick email to say thank you for making such a beautiful bodhran for our daughter. She loves it. Thanks also for all your help and advice you have given. Kind regards

Spence, Rachel and Emily, St Albans, Hertfordshire , 15” Paul McAuley bodhran


16" I just wanted to email and say a big heartfelt thank you for the wonderful Bodhran that you made for my brother Paul’s, 40th Birthday it is truly beautiful and he will love it. I am going to order one for myself in the next few weeks so will be in touch again shortly

Karen Fahy, London, 16 Shamrock Rim (Discontinued since June 2012)


Hi Paul, I am delighted to report that I received the bodhran today! I am very impressed with the workmanship throughout. It is truly a wonderful instrument, sounds fantastic, and it is a real work of art. From the bottom of my heart, thank you so much for making this for me. I will delight in playing it for many years to come. I have bookmarked your website and will surely recommend your bodhrans and buy from you again.

David marshall, New York, USa, Feb 2010


Glenann - 18x5" semi-heavy skinned drum. I appreciate your craftsmanship and ability and know it will suit me for many years to come! Hope all finds you well in the future and that you continue to supply drummers with good equipment :) Slainte

Tim Keeley, USA, Glenann - 18 x 5" rim semi-heavy skinned


Glenann 18in tuneable Bodhran (5” rim). 2.An ebony veneer on the outer surface.(Discontinued since June 2012) 3.No bar. 4.Medium skin. 5.Tape around the outer edge. I’m absolutely delighted with it. It’s a beautifully made instrument and a credit to your craft. As a former craftsman and Clerk of Works I believe I’m well qualified to tell you your skills are second to none. I also appreciate the effort you made with the ebony veneer. Thanks again. Regards,John.

John Clark, Scotland, Glenann 18in tuneable Bodhran (5” rim


Glenann 18" by 5" tuneable . The Bodhran is "Indeed a Beauty" and Much, Much better than I thought and Much better than the photograph....even I can look good in a photograph (till you get up close) but the drum not only looks good but really is good...no.. GREAT! It plays very well too and the tone is excellent. I've been playing the auld drum for nearly forty years and yours rank up top with the best of them. Excellent craftsmanship and really great instrument. Thanks again,

Leslie Denniston. Japan, Glenann 18


15” Glencloy Tuneable I am very pleased to report that my Glencloy has arrived earlier than expected – many thanks I’m delighted. Regards John

John, England, John Goodfellow, England, Glencloy 15" with a 6" rim


15” Tuneable Glenarm My bodhran surpasses my expectations. Thank you also for the selection of beaters. Many thanks

Les Wallace, Cumbra, England, 15” Tuneable Glenarm


Glentaisie 18” I'm really pleased with my bodhran. Thank you so much for a fantastic piece of work.

Graeme Howard, Lionhead Studios, Glentaisie 18


Glenann 18" tuneable with a 5" deep rim I recieved the Bodhran yesterday, its very nice, its exactly what I was looking for. Thanks for including the tippers, I like the brush one and the other one works goods too. thanks again!

Chris from America, Feb 2009, Glenann 18" tuneable with a 5" deep rim


Personalised Bodhran - Thank you for all your help with my order,it has been a pleasure doing business with you. Best Regards,

Mary Smith, Australia, Jan 2009


2008 Personalised bodhran with a Celtic cross and both our surnames in Gaelic The bodhran is beautiful!! Thank you so much, we were looking around for a very long time and finally found you. You do a great job and we will be definitely be recommending you!! All the best and many many thanks

Louise Martin and James, England, Glentaisie 18


Various fixed-skin bodhrans I got the order...they are great. Thanks so much for your quick shipment and we will be ordering more for sure

Will O’Neill, Saints 'n Shillelaghs, NY, Glenariffe and Glentaisie bodhrans


Various tuneable bodhran. We sold your tuneable bodhran the other day and the now only have one piece left. If you can repeat our first order that would be great. Thanks

Paul. Nigra-on-the Lake, Canada, Glenshesk 15


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15" tunable/15" non-tunable I'm a drummer from La Crosse, Wisconsin. I had the good fortune a few nights ago to play on one of your bodhrans, I'm very much interested in purchasing a bodhran, and I was just wondering if you have any options of shipping to the United States Thanks in advance!

Trevor Sprague, La Crosse, Wisconsin, 15


12" tunable/15" non-tunable I have already bought 2 Bodhrans from you,,,12" tunable/15". I play along to the Corries and like that low dull warrior type beat and I want an 18" now but don’t know about what thickness of skin to get. Your advice is much appreciated.

Bob from England, 15" Glenariffe and a 12" Tuneable (discontinued line)


I just found your web site and absolutely love your bodhrans. It's so nice to be able to see inside your shop and hear about the inspiration behind your work.

Sherri & Marcus, Celtic Renaissance Music, Glenshesk 15" with a 4" rim


Glentaisie Personalised 18” Just received the Bodhran, thanks very much for all your help, I'm delighted with it and it looks brilliant and I'm sure he will be over the moon when he sees it. Many Thanks,

Vivienne, Dublin, Glentaisie Personalised 18”


Glenann 18"x 5" tuneable drum with lambeg skin and no bar plus padded bag. Dear Paul and Imelda Info and attachments received with thanks. Your help and advice have been much appreciated. I look forward to playing it.

Redruth Cornwall, England, Glenann 18


Just wanted to let you know that I just received the bodhran and it is beautiful and sounds fantastic. Thank you also for the great advice to go with the 15inch! Definitely the right one. Thanks! Cheers Karen (Yukon) Karen was going to order a 18" tuneable but on our advice she made the right choice!!

Karen, Whitehouse, Yukon, Canada, 15" Glenarm with a 5" rim and bag to suit


Just a quick email to say that I got the bodhran I ordered. Thank you, it is how I imagined it to be and I love the sound of it. Many thanks,

Aimee wilson, January 2013, Glenarm 15" with a 5" rim and bag to suite


Hi Imelda,Yes I received it on the 3rd which was very unexpected and I am delighted with it,thank you very much to you and paul. I hope you enjoyed your holidays!

Ruth Sharkey, September 2012, 15" 5 rim tuneable bodhran in ebony rim


: Hi Paul,Imelda. My Bodhran arrived last Saturday and all i can say is thanks, its great. I have wanted one for years now i have retired from Pipe Bands its practice practice with the Bodhran. All the best folks and once again Paul its a great job. Andrew

15" Glenarm with a 5" rim, Falkirk, Stirlingshire, Andrew Thomson


Hi Paul, Just to let you know that I've received delivery of the Bodhran. I am very happy indeed with it. The pride you obviously take with your workmanship is exemplary. Am not sure my sense of rhythm will do it justice!! Thank you very much. I am proud to own a Paul McAuley Bodhran. Very best wishes to you and your family. Regards Clive

Clive Thompson, Stourbridge West Midlands, > 1. Glenariffe 15 inch fixed Bhodhran with Celtic dog design.


Just wanted to let you know that my son was delighted with the drum and the engraving. Thank you for a fantastic job Kind Regards Lenore

Lenore and son Dec 2012/Jan 2013, 15” Fixed Skin Bodhran, Norway


Thank you for doing such a lovely job on the bodhran! This is such a unique gift that I can't wait to give it.

Moira O'Connell, December 2012, 15" Glenariffe - Fixed Skin


The bodhran came today... looks great. Thank you

Philip, Delaware OH USA, December 2012


A ( 1,000 Thank You`s ) my Drum showed up yesterday it was far beyond what I could have ever hoped for. I was very impressed with the quality of the drum as well as the design that I had asked to have put on the drum it looked like a professional had painted it. You really have a Great Product and that's all due to the passion that the people involved with making it have for there work. I cant wait to show it off and start playing it I may destroy some Irish classics while im learning but i`ll get better with time. I hope to be able to send some business your way while showing the drum off and Thank You again for the unbelievable drum and service you have given me. Happy Saint Patrick's Day to all

Kevin Flannigan, Boston Ma., 15" Glenariffe Personalised Bodhran


Just to let you know my bodhran arrived this morning and I am so pleased with it-it really is a beautiful instrument, thank you so much! My mum was here at the time and so it lead to talk of our Irish family and my mum’s childhood. If you don’t mind can I please put a link to your site on my blog and website? I have already had a friend looking at your bodhrans and I do like to spread the word when I receive something so special. Thank you again Lee

Lee Williams, Hampshire, Glentaisie 18" Fixed Bodhran - No Design


Got the Bodhran, plays and sounds great! All the best, David Rice Click on my music links below! Artist facebook! http://facebook.com/DavidRiceTherain Y-tube https://www.youtube.com/user/carmenmelody1976?feature=mhee Twitter https://twitter.com/#!/blueswedes MySpace http://www.myspace.com/davidrice0

David Rice, America, Glencloy 15" with a 6" rim


Dear Imelda ..... The DS Bodhran arrived safely and is simply exquisite ........ Well done and thanks to everyone for a great Job ... Much appreciated .... FAB. .... Leo

Leo, Belfast, Glentaisie 18" Personalised, 13th March 2013


"I received my Glencloy bodhran in the mail the other day. When I opened the carrying bag and saw my bodhran, I instantly fell in love with it. What a gorgeous bit of workmanship! The finish of the bodhran is the work of a master craftsman. The meticulous attention to detail is the work of an artist. But the sound of the bodhran. This is the work of a man who knows what he is about and how to build a bodhran! The deep resonance and the wide range of tonal effects set this bodhran apart as a serious, world class instrument. If you are looking for a bodhran for any reason, then you need look no further. Stunning and beautiful, an exciting and satisfying sound, prompt and reliable service, and a reasonable price. Play on!"

Woody, Glencloy 15 by 6inch rim finished in a Blue/grey rim colour, Victoria, BC, Canada


Hi Paul, Just wanted to say thank you for the bodhran which arrived safely today. It looks and sounds beautiful - even the sticks are little works of art! At our next practice night, I will definitely be voting for more traditional Irish songs to be added to our set so that I can get to play it for the maximum time possible! Thanks again and best wishes, Jane.

Jane Vaughan, Wiltshire , 15, 15 Glenariffe - no design with Bag


Dear Paul & Imelda, I just wanted to write you and let you know that the Bodhrans have arrived and they look spectacular!!! Sorry for taking a tad of time to write back. Thank you so much for a wonderful job, I look so forward to playing. Just curious when tuning, is there a preferred key to be tuned at? I wish you both well and will keep in touch.

Dave Archer, Toronto, Canada, 2 by Glenarm 15 with 1 bag


Hello Imelda and Paul. My bodhran came yesterday and I have to say WOW. The workmanship is superb and tone is far better than I thought it would be putting my first drum in the shade. So I have my Christmas sorted early. Many thanks, have a good xmas and new year. ROD

Rodney Hudson, Birstall, England, Glenarm Medium Oak Tuneable 15


I am writing to say how pleased I am with my bodhran that you sent to me just before you left for Australia. When it arrived in January all I could do was a couple of quick, light strokes just to hear how the skin sounded. However, I was really pleased as soon as I opened the box. The quality of my bodhran is fantastic. Every part of it is smooth to the touch and just to handle it gives me such pleasure. I'm thrilled with the skin tone which is already rich and mellow. I'm so looking forward to being able to really explore its potential when my elbow permits. Thank you so much for discussing my purchase on the telephone, and the trouble and care you took over my bodhran. I'm so pleased I chose you to make it for me. I would recommend you, without hesitation, to anybody else that was considering buying a bodhran. Yours sincerely, Deborah Amor

Deborah Amor, England, 15, 15" by 5" Glenarm Tuneable Bodhran


Just to say our Bodhran arrived today and we are really pleased with it. So beautifully made with amazing skill. Thank you very much. Best wishes Kane and Frances

Isle of Wight, Kane and Frances, 18" Fixed Bodhran Glentaisie - No Design


Drum has arrived and as my first 'proper' drum not made in Pakistan I wonder how I've done without for so long. In a word amazing. You're tippers are right good as well. Thanks once again I shall be buying from you again in the future Best Richard

Richard, Blanchland, Durham , Glencloy 15 with a 6" rim


Hi Imelda and Paul, just got my drum and thank you so much I am over the moon with it. Can I ask, when it says use saddle soap how soon after receiving it should I apply it to the skin and how often (every six eg). Should anything else be applied like Neatsfoot oil, hand cream etc. Colin and Barbara

Colin Algie, Perthshire , Glenarm 15x5 Mahogany Bodhran


Hello, sorry it took me this long but the drum I got from you is absolutely gorgeous!! It has passed any expectations I had. I'm the level just passed a beginner but my friend is a seasoned bodhran player and he as a drum he paid almost a thousand dollars for. And he was blown away when he saw and played it. Thank you so so much for the work that you do, you are amazing at it. Again thank you so much, Michael

Michael Dodson . Edgemont , AZ United States, I would like medium skin and I really like the natural colors on the skin, Glenarm 15 5 Ebony


Hello Paul and Imelda, I received my bodhran. It's beautiful. Sounds great. Even the beaters are reeds and beautiful. I'm glad I went with the birch. Even though I know the black wood is most popular, birch is beautiful wood. Thank you for everything.

Lucy, Myrtle Beach, SC, 15" by 5" Birch Tunable with Bamboo Beater


Hi Paul! This evening I got the bodhran at home. I’ve just played it for a short time by now (mind neighbors, you know…) and I’m not an expert either but I think I love the sound already and the tonal change response is also great. My thought that you were a truthful professional has become right as I feel that the best has been put to make the best possible bodhran for me. Really happy you signed on it! The beaters are exactly what I wanted and I have to thank you for that extra too. I’m sure I’ll enjoy playing it a lot. Thanks again! Hugo

Hugo, SPAIN, Spain, Glenann 18" Tuneable Bodhran with bespoke beaters


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Hi Paul, I am delighted to report that I received the bodhran today! I am very impressed with the workmanship throughout. It is truly a wonderful instrument, sounds fantastic, and it is a real work of art. From the bottom of my heart, thank you so much for making this for me. I will delight in playing it for many years to come. I have bookmarked your website and will surely recommend your bodhrans and buy from you again.