Combining a synthetic drum head with a solid spun aluminium shell has given the classic bodhrán a whole new vocabulary of tones, full of attack and varied expression. The BODdrum can perform well beyond the traditional folk music sound, anywhere your imagination can take you.
We designed the BODBeater to really play up to the unique sound range of the BODdrum, but we have gone on to design more beaters we feel meet gaps in the market for bodhrán players, all available exclusively from BOD.
As a drummer for folk bands, ceilidh bands and Morris sides, I was often frustrated that my traditional bodhráns 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 BODdrum, 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, indoors and out.
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 the “Talking Bodhrán”.
For Cormac, as for many other professional and amateur players, BODdrums now sit alongside their traditional wooden bodhráns in their instrumental line up, opening up new sound worlds from the essentially familiar format of the bodhrán.
We now produce a range of bodhráns including the Talking Bodhrán, and are developing new beaters and percussion instruments.
We sell BODdrums, the Talking Bodhrán and a range of beaters and accessories here on line, at music festivals, and from our workshop in Cambridgeshire. We are always delighted to meet up and let you try our drums before buying, so you can hear for yourself their fabulous range and explore the musical possibilities.
BODdrums on the Blog
Extraordinary increases in costs of materials, transport and more the past two years means BOD will have to increase many prices on March 14th.
BOD now offer a special kit, featuring the classic 14 inch BODdrum with centre spot edge control head, our exclusive BOD Beater and a Protection Racket case, at a very attractive package price.
BOD have re-stocked our online shop with a good supply of beaters, and we have a couple videos to demonstrate some of our favourites from the range.
The 14 inch classic BODdrum is now available to try out and purchase at Hobgoblin Music’s London, Canterbury and Brighton shops.
At the festivals this summer, many of you expressed interest in buying a drum or beaters as a gift for yourself or a loved one this holiday season. Here's your chance! We are putting the last few classic 14" BODdrums with centre-spot heads on sale, ahead of ordering...
Last night was the premier of The Folk Show on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire, which explores the county’s world-famous folk music scene, and featured John Blackwell of BOD. (read more)
Join us this weekend at Folk East near Little Glemham in Suffolk, which started last night with a nice surprise for us. (read more)
Catch up on all the BOD Drums news, after our outings at the World Music Workshop Festival and the Ely Folk Festival this summer. (read more)
Another festival has been added to BOD’s summer calendar: Folk East in Suffolk, August 17th – 19th. (read more)