As a drummer for folk bands, ceilidh bands and Morris sides, I was often frustrated that my traditional drums were losing tune according to the weather. Being an engineer, I set out to find a solution and Blackwell Original Drums (BOD) was born.
We created the BOD Drum, our first product, in the form of a traditional bodhrán but with a metal shell and synthetic drum skin, which holds its tune in the best and worst of English weather.
But more importantly, we found we had created a new sound for the bodhrán – bright, loud and full of attack, expanding the repertoire of voices and moods for the bodhrán player. Renowned drummer Cormac Byrne was so intrigued and enthusiastic we collaborated to create a model adjusted to his own preferences for build, finish, skin, and essential accessories, which Cormac calls a “Talking Bodhrán”.
We now produce a range of bodhráns including the Talking Bodhrán, offer a variety of beaters and cases, and are developing new percussion instruments.
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