Percussion Makers

Now here's a great idea. What do all musicians do when playing? - why tap their foot of course ! - Now imagine you could turn that simple foot tap you do almost automatically in to a deep, rich bass note to accompany yourself.

This is one of those " why didn't I think of that?" ideas that is blindingly simple in concept yet extremely effective in practice.

EnRoute Music
P.O. BOX 8223
WI 53547-8223

Phone: (608) 752-2229

Bodhran players heaven ! - This site is great. This company has an amazing range of Bodhrans and other Irish drums.

Although the site is still under construction there are mouth-watering pictures of some of his hand made quality drums already on the site. Well worth a visit

Metloef Irish Drums
840 Sunrise Trail,
Spring Branch,
TX 78070

Phone: (512) 694-8927

Renegade Rhythms offers a range of Professional Tunable Bodhrans, hand-made from best quality Birch plywood and specially selected goat skin, chosen for durability, sound quality and appearance.

This traditional frame drum, played with a beater, or tipper, is an inherent part of Irish folk music and many othermusic styles. We have supplied these drums to such well-respected musicians as Gino Lupari, Aimée Leonard and Steafan Hannigan, as well as Mog, Celtica and Celtarabia.

phone: +44(0)1263 735080

Marcus Music are based over in Newport, Gwent in Wales. They are makers of all kinds of period and standard percussion instruments.

Here's what their website says:
"The percussion side of our business has grown out of the increased interest in historical re-enactment and early music, and we are now able to produce drums for most periods, along side more traditional folk instruments".

Tredegar House,
Newport, Gwent,
Wales, U.K.
NP10 8YW

Phone: +44 (0)1633 815612

Now here is something pretty unique, timeless and a work of art. Far, far more than just percussion as we know it (Jim) Percussion instruments made from ceramic stoneware. Heres more from the website:

"Welcome to the Burnt Earth. Every instrument here is completely unique...all are hand formed from ceramic stoneware clay, not thrown on a potter's wheel. No two instruments are alike in size, color, finish, texture or sound. I am not into high volume production; every instrument is uniquely hand crafted with care. Actually, most of these instruments I made for myself, but I have too many now and I just can't stop making them!

Due to the nature of stoneware clay, which is really nothing more than mud that has been formed and baked in a gas oven at over 2,000 degrees fahrenheit, these instruments do not look "perfect" like mass-produced, molded pottery that you may see in stores. The nature of the gas reduction firing process torches the clay and pulls it in all directions, which means that nothing comes out of the kiln perfectly round, or with a perfectly consistent finish. I like to exploit that unknown factor, and you will see many designs and finishes that take advantage of the organic effects of the firing and glazing process. Many of these instruments are primitive in appearance, but they are carefully crafted to be top quality professional musical instruments."

Burnt Earth
P.O. Box 452
Grafton, MA 01519


On an old Franciscan Monastery in Roundstone, developed by the Industrial Development Authority , Malachy Kearns, better known as Malachy Bodhrán amongst folk musicians, works at his craft of making Ireland's oldest product the Bodhrán.

These really are bodhrans made by a craftsman with the player in mind. Why not get the skin customised with your family crest - it's something else that they offer. They are nice people too.

Roundstone Musical Instruments Ltd.
Malachy and Anne Kearns,
IDA Craft Centre,Roundstone,
Co. Galway. Ireland.