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Drum Enquiry

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Author Profile: Patrick Egan
This Outreach member has published 17 articles.


 One article on outreach that springs to mind when posting this blog notice is the one written about "frame drums". I wrote this article here some years back, discussing the role of frame drums (highlighting the contrast between it's use in Irish and some parts of Asia). So, the instrument has always been of interest, especially when I would come across an unusual one...

 I was recently at a festival of traditional Irish music in the west of Ireland, and one of the musicians in the session had a very strange looking drum, it was no ordinary "bodhrán". It is relatively small compared to the Irish frame drum.

 He told me it was very old and that it had been passed through the famous McKenna family in Dublin going as far back as the late 19th century. So I made a mention that I would like to know myself where it would have been made, wondering indeed if it was actually a rare old vintage, and that it would be interesting to find out more about it.

 Sure enough, he has emailed me wondering if I had found out any more information. Please post a reply below if you might have some leads.



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