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Bodhrán Making with Renegade Rhythms

Monday 13 Jun 4pm — Friday 17 Jun 4pm, 2016

To make a booking enquiry please complete the form below. We will contact you to confirm availability and complete your booking.

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Full board per person: £450 (limited to 7 people) to include tuition, materials, all meals and accommodation – the only extra will be your bar bill

During this 4 day practical course you will receive tuition and guidance through all stages of Irish frame drum manufacture right up to completing your very own Bodhrán. We shall aim to complete one drum per participant to your own specification of 15, 17 or 18” diameter, and you will be able to select the type of skin you would like for your drum (eg. goat or calf), as well as choosing from a variety of rim finishes.

If that’s all completed, Mog will happily lead playing workshops too. Plus of course, there’s time to relax and socialise in the evenings – bring instruments and prepare to have fun!

Please note: There will not be time on this course to make your own tipper, and learn the associated green wood working skills. We apologise for this inaccuracy in early advertising. This is something that could be included in future courses if there is sufficient interest.

“Mog is a highly talented craftsman and gifted teacher. He is methodical; organized; explains each stage very clearly, and has a knack for gently inspiring confidence in each person on the course whatever their ability, or experience with wood working and power tools (in my case very little – others quite proficient. This didn’t seem to matter a bit). Mog gives each student a lot of personal attention so that at each stage he is sure everyone’s drum is of a high standard before commencing the next stage.” Participant

Who’s it For?

Anyone! You might be a player, an enthusiast, or want a new challenge. No experience necessary, Mog will provide excellent support for all abilities. Materials and tools are provided.

The Team

Walk into any folk festival around England – and beyond – and the chances are you will see a Renegade Rhythms Bodhrán being played on the stages or in the sessions. Renegade Rhythms has become one of the most respected names in Bodhrán manufacture and Mog (the man behind it all) has for many years welcomed players and enthusiasts alike to his Norfolk home to learn how to create their very own beautiful, hand-crafted Renegade Rhythms Bodhrán. We are delighted to welcome him to run the first Bodhrán-making course here in the idyllic setting of Halsway Manor.