Bodhrán Instructors and Regular Workshops


Many bodhrán-players are entirely self-taught. Even if you want to find your own way, I recommend getting someone to show you the basics; and you may want to get hold of one of the many books, tapes, and videos available to teach you how to play.

If you don't see a teacher in your area on this list, then I don't know of one. Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Èireann may be able to help; if you're from North America, try this link instead.

Please send me any listings that ought to appear here.


Darrin Baird
Tennessee, USA

Darrin Baird plays with the band Laughing Sally (an Eclectic folk rock band) and has a background as a session musician for a number of years. He gives occasional workshops.

Rob Bitter
Schumanlaan 73
4463 BD Goes
The Netherlands
e-mail, website
tel from outside Netherl.: +31-113-227133
tel from inside Netherl: 0113-227133

Myron Bretholz
PO Box 8605, Silver Spring, MD 20907-8605
phone (301) 270-3709, e-mail

Bretholz teaches at Irish music festivals up and down the east coat of the US.

Sean Buckley
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
phone (403) 281-0380, e-mail

Buckley offers beginner & intermediate workshops.

Alan Collinson
North Wales, UK
Phone: ++(0)1492 533384 or Cell: ++44(0)7876 255 601

Percussionist and bodhran teacher in traditional and contemporary styles. Also explores the original Celtic uses of the drum for storytelling and shamanic journeying. CD's available.

Deborah Colvin-Brower
13815 Liberty Rd., Mt Airy MD 21771
phone (310) 829-2612, e-mail

Brower teaches for Howard County (MD) Recreation and Parks as well as offering private lessons.

Robert Condon
Aisling Gallery, Rt. 3A, Hingham, MA
phone (781) 749-0555

Drum repair, manufacture, and instruction at all levels.

Patrick Corcoran
20 Strathearne St Unit 5/6, Brampton, Ontario, CANADA L6T 4P7
phone 905-458-8121, e-mail

Corcoran teaches classes at the Irish Center in Brampton on Saturday mornings. Classes are free to children under 15.

Randy Crafton
West Village, New York, NY
phone (212) 529-4525,, website

Traditional stick techniques and hand techniques from around the world.

Junior Davey
Davey, also a performer, teaches at the South Sligo Summer School in Tubbercurry and at the Summer School in Drumshamboo in Co. Leitrim. In January 2001, Junior reports that he "teaches through-out Ireland and the continent like The Douglas Hyde SS in Ballaghaderreen and the Orebro SS in Sweden.

Joan DiBlasi

10 Still Court Ossining, NY 10562 phone (914) 932-6199, e-mail

Joan DiBlasi, also a performer, teachers at the NY Irish Arts Center and at regional festivals. She has made an instructional tape.

Stuart Dunlop
Raphoe, Co. Donegal, Ireland, email:
Offers training from beginner to intermediate, and can be found playing in The Diamond Bar, Raphoe, on Thursday nights.
Web site:

Dusty Strings
3406 Fremont Ave. N., Seattle, WA 98125
phone (206) 634-1656.

This music shop offers workships about twice a year, usually taught by Anna Peekstok, who plays with the band Telynor.

Patti Foley Edgar
958 East Turner Street, Allentown, PA 18109.
phone (610) 821-2746, e-mail

Edgar teaches bodhrán. She also plays with a band Malarky.

Benjamin Edom & Debra Carey

These two performers teach and run bodhrán workshops in Australia. They also sell drums.

Icie Frady-Alley
(313) 386-3643

Ms. Frady-Alley gives group and private lessons, beginner through advanced, through the Detroit branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Èireann. She also performs with a group called Inis-Ceol

Gaelic College of Celtic Arts & Crafts
P.O. Box 9, Baddeck, Nova Scotia B0E 1B0, Canada (Cape Breton)
phone (902) 295-3411, fax (902) 295-2912, e-mail, website

Summer bodhrán classes for children and adults, covering basics to complex techniques, care and maintenance, and bodhrán history.

Henry Geraghty
21 Ironshield Crescent, Thornhill, ON CANADA L3T 3K7

Instruction in bodhrán and bones, from beginner to advanced levels.

Mance Grady
94 Angell Road, Cumberland, RI 02864
phone (401) 333-2293, e-mail

Grady is also a performer and drummaker. He was recognized by the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts as a Master Bodhrán Player, and participates in their Master/Apprenticeship Program. He is on the faculty of The Music School in Providence, RI, where he conducts workshops and lessons at all levels.

Brian Hanlon
J.P. O'Hanlon's, Ayer, Mass.
phone (978) 772-9282

Brian, who also runs The Singing Goat, teaches and runs workshops.

David Harris
David Harris Blackthorn, Northampton, NN3 8DF
01604-788531, website :
email : load_cell at hotmail dotcom
I teach Trad Irish bodhran with a touch of rock, jazz & indian classical for that slightly off the wall sound !

Tommy Hayes
Magherabaun Feakle, Co. Clare, Ireland, e-mail

Tommy teaches on a regular basis as well as performing/composing. He is available for private and group lessons and prefers to be emailed first.
Tommy also reports that he and Johnny McDonagh, Mel Mercier, Jim Higgins and etc. will also be teaching at a Bodhrán Summer School, to be held in the Aran Islands, July 2 to 6th, 2001. See the promo above for more information on the summer school.

Colin Hogg

Hogg, who lives in Ireland, teaches during the summer and offers instruction at all levels.

Drew Hurley
Leicester, England
phone 0116 2928057 or e mail

Teaching classes in Leicester but also gives private tuition

Irish Music Academy of Cleveland
16920 Detroit Ave., Lakewood, OH 44107
phone: (216) 529-1996. fax: (216) 529-1992

Dermot Somerville, director of the school, is also the bodhrán instructor.

Peter Irvine
Northampton, MA.

Private lessons by arrangement.

Bruce Johnstone-Lowe
Exeter, Devon, England EX4 2UZ
Phone: (44) 07770 567639

Experienced bodhran player and teacher. Been running workshops at festivals and teaching in schools and clubs for ten years. Able to travel and run workshops or give lessons at all levels from novice to performance anywhere in the South West of England. Practice drums provided. CRB checked. If interested, please give me a ring.

Mary Ellen Kelley
Boston, Mass.
phone (617) 773-2392

Ms. Kelley offers private lessons and also teaches the bodhrán classes of the Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Èireann Boston Music School at Boston College.

Kevin Kelly
London and Brighton, England

Kelly offers private lessons in these areas.

Joe Kennedy

Kennedy has been teaching at the South Sligo Summer School for eight years. These days, he teaches the beginner class.

Dub'lay Lajeu
Boston, Mass.
phone (617) 983-1486, e-mail

Teaches various styles, including Tommy Hayes'.

Lark in the Morning Music Celebration
Lark In The Morning, the musical mail-order company, runs an annual, week-long, traditional music camp, with classes, jam sessions, and dances. Bodhrán classes are taught by Chris Caswell and Devin Caswell. The week is usually the first in August.

Paddy League
Washington, D.C.

Paddy teaches extensively at summer camps and festivals, including the Swannanoa Gathering, the Catskills Irish Arts Week, and the Rocky Mountain Fiddle Camp, and is also available for private lessons and group workshops in the Washington, D.C. area and elsewhere - he performs and travels quite a bit (often with flute player Grey Larsen) and will likely be near you at some point!

Jacob McCauley
Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Jacob is an award-winning Bodhran player and teaches workshops and private lessons as well as teaching the Advanced Bodhran class at the Riverside Celtic College of Traditional Music. He also is an active performer, playing many different events throughout the year. For more info you can go to his website at
He can be reached at

Jackie Moran
Moran teaches at the Old Town School of Folk Music. He can be reached at or (773)205-8468 by e-mail He is also a performer.

Nasatir School Of Percussion
Cary Nasatir
Castro Valley California (San Francisco Bay Area)
Phone 510-612-5527
email:, website

New York City Irish Arts Center.
553 W. 51 St., NYC, NY.
phone (212) 757-3318, website

The Irish Arts Center has regular beginners' classes for the bodhrán.

Alan Ng
Madison, Wisconsin
website, e-mail:

Cindy Norton
website Norton also makes drums.

Martin O'Hare
Denmark and Ireland, email

He has taught workshops at the Falun Folkmusik Festival in Sweden, and the Førde festival in Norway.

Guido Plueschke
Marienstr. 67, 21073 Hamburg, Germany
Tel.: 0049(0)40/76751638, Fax.: 0049(0)40/76757285

Pluschke also plays with Garifin.

Kevin Rice
915 Dawes St., Libertyville, IL 60048
phone (708) 816-4926, e-mail

Rice, also a performer, teaches beginner through advanced.

Anne Sands
Northern Ireland, email
Anne, bodhrán player with the Sands Family folk group can be contacted at this email address.
For further information see the groups website

David Shaughnessy
Kansas City, MO. phone (816) 931-2039, e-mail

Lessons from beginner to advanced levels at $20/hour.

Mark Shiner
Birmingham, England phone 0121 420 2963

Shiner also teaches mandolin.

Jeremy Steinkoler
Oakland, CA
Steinkoler has taught workshops at Cazadero Performing Arts Family Camp.

Ben Stephenson
2 Garling St., Lyneham, Canberra ACT 2602 Australia
phone (06) 248 8742; e-mail

Stephenson, also a performer, has recently begun giving bodhrán lessons.

Greg Taylor
Chico, CA
phone (916) 898-6369, e-mail

Private lessons on bodhrán and bones, $20/hr, $15/half hr. He will help beginners obtain equipment.

Rolf Wagels
Annenstr. 2, 30171 Hannover, Germany
phone and fax (+49)(0)511/813270, e-mail

Rolf gives lessons and workshops. He offers a sample of his playing.

Robbie Walsh
Northern Ireland contact: Linda Dummigan 011 441 762 349561
US contact (summer 1997): Tom Hanway (718) 884-5721

Walsh, a virtuoso performer, taught bodhrán at the CCE Traditional School of Music in Dublin from 1979 to 1985, and was music coordinator of Irish Music in the Lisheen in Galway from 1990 to 1996. He teaches workshops by special arrangement.

Jesse Winch
House of Musical Traditions
7040 Carroll Ave., Takoma Park, MD 20912
website, phone (800) 540-3794 or 301-270-9090, e-mail

Jesse regularly conducts four-week classes at HMT for beginners and post-beginners, and gives private lessons. He is also on the teaching staff at the Augusta Heritage Center in Elkin, WV, during their Irish week, where he teaches bodhrán and ceili drums. Jesse is also an accomplished performer.

Kirk Witmer, central Texas area
24229 Stillman Valley Road, Florence TX 76527



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